Current cricket and players seem ‘secondary’ to repairing Yorkshire’s reputation, says David Willey | Cricket News

“Cricket and the current players seem to be secondary at the moment in repairing the club’s reputation. That’s certainly how I have felt over the past 12 months. I play cricket because I love the game.” -David Willy

Last update: 06/15/22 9:27 p.m.

David Willey also accused Yorkshire of making ‘inaccurate’ comments about their contract negotiations

David Willey has claimed Yorkshire have prioritized repairing their reputation over cricket, after it was announced he was leaving the club to join Northamptonshire at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old England all-rounder swapped Wantage Road for Headingley ahead of the 2016 campaign and has become an integral part of Yorkshire’s white ball teams.

Yorkshire and a “number of individuals” were charged by the England and Wales Cricket Board on Wednesday following an investigation into allegations of racism made by Azeem Rafiq and the club’s handling of those allegations.

Willey explained he chose to leave and accused Yorkshire of making “inaccurate” comments about his contract negotiations.

“I loved my life in Yorkshire, planting my roots and raising our young family here,” Willey said on Instagram.

“Unfortunately, the circumstances surrounding recent events at the club have made my working environment troubling.

“There are great guys and fantastic players in Yorkshire and I hope club complications don’t take priority and overshadow their talents.

“The current cricket and players seem to be secondary at the moment to repairing the club’s reputation.

“That’s certainly how I’ve felt for the past 12 months. I play cricket because I love the game.

“I just want to play somewhere where cricket is front and center and where I feel valued on and off the pitch.

“The comments made in my Yorkshire around my contract discussions with the club are inaccurate.”

Willey opted to return to Northamptonshire, where he made 197 appearances between 2009 and 2015, on a four-year contract.

Yorkshire said in a statement that they had wanted to retain Willey’s services but could not compete with Northamptonshire.

Acting cricket chief executive Darren Gough told the official Yorkshire website: “The club were keen to keep Dave at Headingley but unfortunately were unable to match Northants’ offer.

“Everyone at Yorkshire would like to thank Dave for his time at the club and wish him the best for the future.”

Willey told the official Northamptonshire website: “The best journey takes you home.

“Wantage Road is my home. I grew up playing on the outside pitch, behind the stands and in the gardener’s shed. When I think back to my first introduction to cricket, I think of Northants.

“My love and passion for Northamptonshire has always been there and I hope I can give the club more than my runs and wickets.

“I still have big ambitions in the game, to play at the highest level, to win trophies, but also to give back to the club that has given me so much.”

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