Willey declines IPL chance

  • Last Updated: January 24 2014, 16:45 GMT

Northamptonshire all-rounder David Willey has decided against entering the Indian Premier League auction, but team-mates Steven Crook and Azhar Ullah will be available to franchises.

David Willey: No IPL in 2014
David Willey: No IPL in 2014

Having won last year's Friends Life t20 tournament, a number of Northamptonshire players saw their stock rise - with Willey's consistent contributions putting him on the England selector's radar for the shorter format.

The county believe there was interest in the 23-year-old from India, but he has opted to stay in England for the start of the county season.

County stalwart Crook, 30, has decided to try and cash in on his form by going forward to the draft on February 12 and 13, as has Pakistani paceman Azhar, who finished as top wicket-taker in the competition with 27 victims.

Northamptonshire's cricket Chief Executive, David Smith said: "We can confirm that Steven Crook and Azhar Ullah will enter the IPL auction on the 12th and 13th February, which the club fully supports. David Willey has declined the opportunity to enter the auction, despite lots of interest from the IPL, instead David has decided to focus on his fitness and playing for Northants."The club's overseas signing Jackson Bird, of Australia, is also involved in the auction.

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