Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon revealed his frustration after announcing David Willey has signed for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
The big-hitting left-arm seam bowler has been parachuted in after an injury to India’s Kedar Jadhav and joins White Rose and England limited-overs team-mate Liam Plunkett as a late replacement.
Plunkett was last weekend snapped up by Delhi Daredevils, coming in for Kagiso Rabada, and Moxon admitted the late call-ups are far from ideal for Yorkshire, who begin their County Championship campaign against Essex this Friday.
Moxon said: “We find ourselves in an impossible situation with these late replacement requests.
“At the moment, we are potentially looking at a situation where if we deny a player an opportunity, we will be left with someone who is not completely focused on playing for Yorkshire. This would be counter-productive.
“I will be chairing a meeting with other directors of cricket tomorrow at Edgbaston to discuss the future of the game. With the number of domestic T20 contracts available worldwide, it is important that we future-proof the County Championship. I will be calling for the introduction of a cut-off date, after which players will not be allowed to go to the IPL. Hopefully this can gain national approval and be supported by the ECB.”
— Yorkshire CCC (@YorkshireCCC) 9 April 2018
Fast bowler Pat Cummins was ruled out of the Indian Premier League Tuesday with a back issue and is in doubt for Australia’s one-day tour of England.
Cummins has a long history of back issues and experienced soreness during the recent fourth and final Test against South Africa.
Australian team physiotherapist David Beakley said follow-up scans showed he had bone oedema in his vertebrae.
“It is important that Pat has time off bowling, to prevent the injury becoming more serious and consequently we have made the decision to rule Pat out of the IPL,” he said.
Cummins was bought by the Mumbai Indians but missed the opening match of the IPL season.
The latest setback also puts him in doubt for Australia’s five-match ODI series and a one-off T20 against England in June.
“Pat will now undergo a period of recovery and rehabilitation and we will look to re-scan him in a few weeks to assess the healing,” said Beakley.
“Following this we will be in a better position to decide on Pat’s return to play timeline, including participation in the limited-overs tour of the UK.”
Cummins shone on the troubled tour of South Africa, capturing 22 wickets despite Australia losing the Test series 3-1.
He was widely praised as a potential future leader for his conduct during the series that was marred by a ball-tampering scandal that saw former skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner sent home and banned for a year.
Sunrisers bowlers were on top from the first over, with spinner Shakib Al Hasan and seamer Siddarth Kaul picking up two wickets each. Sanju Samson made 49 for Rajasthan without much help from others in the IPL clash.
The total of 125-9 was never going to be enough and Dhawan’s 77 not out sealed the deal.
Here we look at the left-handed batsman’s performance in Hyderabad.
BALLS FACED: 57
STRIKE RATE: 135
Dhawan was dropped on zero by his India team-mate Ajinkya Rahane. Made the most of the opportunity by hitting 13 boundaries and one of only two sixes in the match. Did not let any bowler settle and took the lead role in the absence of franchise veteran David Warner. Was given perfect support by captain Kane Williamson who hit an unbeaten 36. Just the kind of performance to settle the nerves in the dressing room without a leading figure like Warner.
As good as the bowlers were for Hyderabad ( all 5 bowled brilliantly), Shikhar Dhawan being in that kind of form will be very heartening for them in Warner's absence. RR need to forget this soon and move on #SRHvRR— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 9, 2018
Dhawan was the only batsman to maintain a strike rate of well over run a ball on a wicket that was not easy for batsmen. Royals top-scorer Sanju Samson got a few streaky boundaries away during his 42-ball 49. Dhawan’s positivity at the start of the chase, where he was striking at close to 150, ensured Sunrisers were well ahead of the game throughout.
Played two poor shots up front. In the first over, he got a regulation nick to Rahane at first slip which should have been taken. Then against left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawan was lucky to get an edge over the keeper for a boundary. His weakness against the rising delivery that moves away was apparent and international bowlers will take notes from that passage of play.
The runs were thoroughly impressive and it was not Dhawan’s fault Rajasthan didn’t take their chance. Once he got his eye in, he was in full control. Perfect way to start the campaign for the opener and the franchise under new leadership.