Adil Rashid has been named in England’s 13-man squad for the first Test against India despite signing on as a white-ball player only with his county side Yorkshire. Rashid, who last featured in Tests for England in 2016, against India in Chennai, has played 10 Tests for his 38 wickets.
Squad: Joe Root (c), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Jamie Porter
Speaking on the selection, chief selector Ed Smith clarified that if Rashid had to be picked for the 2019 season, he’d have to have a county contract.
“Adil Rashid also returns to the England Test squad. Before the selection meeting, Adil had confirmed his availability to play Test cricket for England for whole of this summer and the upcoming winter tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies. Following his earlier decision in February 2018, Adil has a white-ball only contract to play for Yorkshire this summer. That arrangement is unchanged by his selection for England. However, Adil fully understands that if he wishes to be eligible for Test cricket in the 2019 season, he must have a county contract to play four-day cricket. Moving forward, England Test players must be committed to the county championship.
“Clearly, the one-off circumstances around Adil’s return to the Test squad are unusual. However, the selection panel was unanimous in believing that Adil should be selected in England’s squad,” said Smith.
Rashid’s selection has been met with disdain from several at Yorkshire. Earlier this year, Rashid signed a white-ball only contract with the county for the 2018 season and is likely to leave at the end of the season when his deal expires. It was mooted that he might play in Yorkshire’s recently completed four-day match against Lancashire, but Rashid stuck to his decision not to play red ball cricket for the county.
Yorkshire’s club’s chief executive, Mark Arthur, said the following in a statement released on the Yorkshire website: “We’re very surprised that England have called Adil up after not playing red ball cricket this season. Neither has he expressed a desire to do so. I hope that England know what they’re doing to Adil, and the county game.”
Meanwhile Rashid clarified to Sky Sports that he made the decision after having a chat with Smith. “It was definitely a tough decision – and yes, obviously, I was kind of surprised. To get back in the Test side, usually people have got to go back to their counties and perform to be considered. But me and Ed Smith, and a few others, had a chat – and they were thinking, if I can be available… we’ll be happy for me to be in the squad. That’s something I had to think about, and I made that decision to be available,” he said.