English leg-spinner Adil Rashid asserted that he still has ambitions of playing Test cricket for England. However, his actions seem contrary to his statement as he has signed a white-ball only deal for the coming season in which he will play for Yorkshire in the Twenty20 Blast.
The move rules him out of playing County Championship cricket for Yorkshire in 2020 and Test cricket for England, who play six Tests next summer against West Indies and Pakistan.
National selector Ed Smith said that Rashid must have a red-ball contract with Yorkshire going forward to remain in consideration for Test cricket after controversially recalling him to the Test team in August 2018 – six months after the player quit Championship/Test cricket and had no such contract in place.
Adil Rashid Expresses His Desire Of Playing Test Cricket:
“Although I won’t be playing red-ball cricket this summer, I still have ambitions of playing Test cricket in the future,” said Rashid.
He added, “I have decided to concentrate on white-ball cricket this summer in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup. This is due to an ongoing shoulder injury, so it is important for me to manage my workload to give me the best chance of remaining fit.”
The leg-spinner Rashid wants to focus on white-ball cricket in the run-up to the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year and to manage his workload after a shoulder injury.
Rashid’s value in the T20 format was evidenced on the tour to South Africa that finished on Sunday. He bowled as well as ever to help England to a 2-1 win that served as useful build-up as they bid to hold the 50-over and 20-over World Cups simultaneously.