One of Team England's precious assets, David Willey, recently announced that he will retire from all formats after the end of the ICC World Cup 2023. It must be really sad for all fans to see him go this way. Willey started his professional career back in 2015, and after 8 years, he has decided to call it quits.
Quite an unexpected decision, as he is just 33 years old. The defending World Cup champions, England, have had a horrifying journey in the World Cup so far. They were only successful against Bangladesh; after that match, they lost against every team they played against.
David Willey on retirement
In a recent social media post, David Willey addressed the following regarding his decision to retire from international cricket: "I never wanted this day to come," Willey said, as quoted by cricbuzz.com.
"From a young boy, I've only ever dreamed of playing cricket for England. So, with careful thought and consideration, it is with great regret that I feel the time has come for me to retire from all forms of international cricket at the end of the World Cup.I have worn the shirt with immense pride and given my absolute everything to the badge on my chest.
I've been very lucky to be a part of such an incredible white ball team with some of the best players in the world. I've made some special memories and great friends along the way and been through some very difficult times.To my wife, two children, mum and dad, I wouldn't have been able to follow my dreams without your sacrifice and unwavering support throughout.
Thank you for sharing the special memories and picking up the pieces when I've fallen apart - I'm eternally grateful. I feel I still have a lot more to give on and off the field while I am still playing my best cricket, and my decision has nothing to do with our performance during the World Cup".