Sunday, 25 August 2019

Adil Rashid ‘surprised’ by England recall for India opener

EDGBASTON: Adil Rashid admitted even he was “kind of surprised” by his dramatic recall to England’s Test squad for next week’s series opener against India at Edgbaston.

But angry Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur said he hoped England “knew what they are doing”. Rashid was included in a 13-man squad announced Thursday even though the Yorkshire leg-spinner has opted out of playing first-class County Championship cricket this season. “It was definitely a tough decision — and yes, obviously, I was kind of surprised,” Rashid told Sky Sports News. “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 (England’s national selector), 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.”

But Rashid’s inclusion provoked a furious reaction from Arthur. “We’re very surprised that England have called Adil up after not playing red ball cricket this season,” he told Yorkshire’s website. “Neither has he expressed a desire to do so.  “I hope that England know what they’re doing to Adil, and the county game.”

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