Major setback for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League 2022–2023 as platinum signing David Willey withdraws. Prior to the 2022–23 season, Sydney Thunder selected David Willey with the first overall pick.
Sydney Thunder, a Big Bash Competition team, has announced David Willey’s departure from the upcoming season of the premier league. Before the new season, Thunder signed the all-around bowler as their “golden selection.”
Willey was a member of the England T20 World Cup winning team, which just finished its campaign in Australia by defeating Pakistan. But throughout the whole Three Lions campaign, the athlete didn’t take part in any of the games. Willey and the Sydney Thunder management agreed to end his contract before the start of the season.
“David and his management have been tremendous to deal with. Sydney Thunder regrets David won’t be playing for us this season, but we wish him and his family all the very best for the future,”Andrew Gilchrist said.
David Willey has withdrawn from the BBL.
The left-arm pacer was expect to be available for the entire BBL 2022-23 season for the franchise at first. However, the player’s exclusion from the team will be a major setback.
Willey previously played for the Perth Scorchers for four seasons, from BBL|05 to BBL|08, recording 26 wickets in 27 appearances. The Sydney Thunder will now be allow to sign an international replacement from the list of players nominated for the draft. Cricket Australia may incorporate more names if they are judge useful to the tournament.
The Englishman is the second platinum choice to opt out of the next edition, following his colleague Liam Livingstone, who gained an unexpected call-up to England’s Test team for the upcoming tour of Pakistan.
Livingstone will join the Renegades team when the Pakistan trip is over. Livingstone’s successor for the first four games of the season has been select by the Renegades as Andre Russell.