Adil Rashid signs white-ball contract extension with Yorkshire despite just 13 games for his county since 2017 with England keen for leg-spinner to return to the Test arena
- England would like to convince Rashid, 32, to return to their Test squad
- Leg-spinner has reservations about return as he nurses problematic shoulder
- He last appeared in a Test for England during West Indies tour in early 2019
- But Rashid played an important role in England’s World Cup triumph last year
- He will continue playing white ball cricket for Yorkshire with latest contract
- Rashid has played just 13 competitive games for his country since 2017 season
Adil Rashid has signed a white-ball contract extension with Yorkshire at a time when England are keen for him to return to Test cricket.
Lingering concerns over the state of the shoulder he nursed through last year’s World Cup mean that the 32-year-old retains reservations about returning to play all three formats.
Informal discussions have taken place between Rashid and England head coach Chris Silverwood about a potential role in the Test tours of Sri Lanka and India in early 2021, although ideally that would only happen after some first-class match practice at a pre-Christmas training camp.
Adil Rashid has signed a white ball contract extension with Yorkshire despite his commitments to England restricting his county appearances
The leg-spinner has featured in just 13 white ball games for Yorkshire since the 2017 season
Of his new county deal, which sits behind his limited-overs central contract, Rashid said: ‘I’ve been at Yorkshire for such a long time; coming through the set up and playing from such a young age, so I’m thankful to Yorkshire for giving me the opportunity.
‘For them to keep giving me contract extensions is a nice thing for myself and does mean a lot.’
The leg-spinner last appeared in a Test for England on the tour of the Caribbean in January 2019 but was a crucial member of last year’s World Cup-winning team and is currently seventh amongst bowlers in the ICC’s Twenty20 rankings.
Rashid bowls during England’s recent Twenty20 series against Australia at the Ageas Bowl
‘There’s a lot of good white-ball spinners around the world but he’s definitely one of the best,’ said Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon.
Rashid did not feature at all for Yorkshire in 2020, as he was part of England’s internationals bubbles, and had has played just 13 competitive matches for his county since the end of the 2017 season due to England commitments.