England leg-spinner Adil Rashid explained his decision to play only white ball cricket. He has signed a contract with Yorkshire this summer to play white ball cricket. Rashid further stated that his heart is no longer committed to the longest format of the game. The 30-year-old will play limited overs county cricket in the upcoming season. Meanwhile, Alex Hales signed a two years deal with Nottinghamshire.
“It was how I felt in my heart. My mind wasn’t really at ease playing red-ball cricket for Yorkshire last year, sometimes going through the motions,” Rashid said.
“I was keeping it inside me. I had to make a decision that I couldn’t go through another season feeling like this and letting the team and myself down. It wasn’t an easy decision; I had to have a long think about it. I spoke to Martin Moxon [Yorkshire’s director of cricket], and he was happy with the decision.”
The leggie feels that his decision to take a county stint will help him improve his limited overs game. However, Adil Rashid hasn’t yet ruled out a future return to red ball cricket either with Yorkshire of England.
“It’s not a permanent thing. It’s for this season, to see how it goes, how it unfolds and what happens. If my heart changes I could be going back to red-ball cricket next season. A lot can change. At this moment in time I’m very content with what I’m doing,” Rashid said.
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