Rashid shelves first-class cricket for white-ball deal


Adil Rashid has put his first-class career on hold for at least a year after agreeing a white-ball only contract with Yorkshire for the 2018 season.

Rashid, the legspinner, is a key part of England’s one-day and T20 sides and believes it is those formats of the games he would be best to focus on domestically and internationally. He has played 10 Tests, all overseas, taking 38 wickets at 42.78, but became very expensive in the latter part of the series against India in late 2016.

“At this moment in time in my career, I just feel that white-ball cricket is where I am best, enjoying it most and where I feel I can develop and offer a lot more,” he said.

“It wasn’t any easy decision to make but it’s something I felt I had to do. If I was to go back to playing red ball early in the season, a bit inside me would have said ‘I’m just playing because I have to’ but I had to make that decision and say ‘no, I can’t just go through the motions’.

If I do just go through the motions, firstly I’d be letting the team down and I’d also be letting myself down because I wouldn’t be giving 100%. I’ve made the decision, this summer, to just concentrate on white ball, something which makes me very happy and gives me the best chance of improving my cricket.”

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