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    "Saqlain has helped Moeen Ali and I, as well as other spinners in England a lot" : Adil Rashid

    England’s Adil Rashid speaks to Saj (for Wisden) about winning the World Cup, his troublesome shoulder, Test cricket, the influence of Eoin Morgan and The Hundred.




    What was it like to take part in the recent T10 League in Abu Dhabi?

    It was a very interesting experience for me as a bowler as this format is different to T20 cricket, in that it’s a lot more fast-paced with batsmen coming a lot harder at you right from the off. I’m sure it’s also an exciting format for batsmen as well, and also a good spectacle for the crowds. It’s a thrill-a-minute really and non-stop action. Like any other format of the game, the more you play this style of cricket, the better you will get at it, but it’s an exciting format of the game for sure.


    A few months on, how do you feel about the 2019 World Cup victory and what it meant to you?

    The World Cup triumph was a dream come true, not just for me but for all of my team-mates. I would say that it’s every boy’s dream come true to play for their country, to represent their country at a World Cup and better still to win it as well. I was part of that excellent England World Cup-winning team and this was payback for four years of hard work dating right back to 2015.

    We had a dream and a vision to win the World Cup this year and we had embarked on a journey since the previous World Cup with a new coach and captain, and we knew that if we played to our potential, we would win the World Cup and that’s what we did. Put simply, winning the World Cup was an unbelievable feeling for the players, our families and cricket fans in England and it’s something we will all remember for the rest of our lives.


    With the 2019 World Cup triumph in the bag, do you now feel vindicated given some of the criticism directed at you?

    It’s what the pundits and commentators do which is to praise us when things are going well and then when performances are not that good, they put you down with a lot of negativity. In my case, it’s in one ear and out of the other and I don’t let negativity affect me at all. Whether the critics are talking about my form or lack of it, or my taking or not taking wickets, it just doesn’t bother me as it’s simply part and parcel of the game. Obviously, when we won the World Cup, you can look those detractors in the eye and say look at what we have achieved, and that applies not just to me but for the whole team.

    I am sure each one of our squad went through phases when things weren’t going that well in their respective careers but that is how cricket is. For me, I felt that I did well during the World Cup despite not being fully fit and having had injections in my shoulder before the World Cup, but I did what I had to do and I had to find a way to get through and that’s what I did. Whether it’s the World Cup or any other competition, as long as the captain and coach are happy with what I am doing, and as long as I am putting my 100 per cent in every game, then that’s fine with me and what others think is irrelevant.


    You gave up on red-ball cricket but then made a comeback for England, can you explain why that was?

    There was a period about two years ago where I decided to give up red-ball cricket as I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I should have and decided to focus only on white-ball cricket. I had a fairly good time in the shorter format against India and Australia and did well there; it was then that the England team management came to me and asked me to reconsider my decision and to resume playing red-ball cricket which I agreed upon. For me, it’s been a journey of ups and downs when it comes to the longer format, but Test cricket is something that I enjoy now.

    Having said that, my first and foremost priority is to ensure that my shoulder is well looked after and that it gets better as soon as possible. Moving forward, I will need to sit down with the England team management and see whether it’s better to be playing white-ball cricket until my shoulder gets better or to play red-ball cricket and see how it goes. When I get back to England, there is no cricket for almost two months so it’s a perfect opportunity for me to get my shoulder better for challenges that lie ahead. Test cricket is still an option for me, but for now, as I said, sorting out my shoulder is my top priority.


    Tell us about the impact of previously working with Saqlain Mushtaq?

    Saqlain had been associated with the England side as spin consultant since 2016 until recently and worked with us in Tests and ODIs. He is a legend of the game and a lovely person as well. He has helped Moeen Ali and I, as well as other spinners in the England side a lot. He was able to share with us a lot of things about the mental side of the game, which has been developed over so many years of his international experience. It was very useful for us to tap into his experience and sometimes just having him around was a big plus for myself and for the other spinners in our side. He isn’t around now and he will be missed but I am sure he will move on to better things.


    Who do you rate as the best up-and-coming leg-spinners around the world?

    There are a few exceptional spinners around the world who spring to mind and who are showing a lot of promise, but I would rate Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane as one to watch and then there are newer names like Afghanistan’s Qais Ahmad who have really impressed me and fill me with a lot of hope for the future of leg-spin bowling.


    Cricket has changed but it seems that the role of a spinner is even more important in the modern game?

    I believe that having a good spinner in your team is crucial and more and more teams are now depending on mystery spinners in their ranks as they can be key assets, especially in limited-overs cricket. This is because they can come in and break partnerships and then continue to take two or three wickets in quick succession and quite often change the complexion of the game. But, it’s also important to note that they can go for a few runs as well, which is where the role of a good captain is key as well.

    It’s important for spinners in general to have that sort of backing from their captain who knows that his mystery spinner may go for runs, but he is also a wicket-taking and match-winning option who will create chances and make things happen. All in all, I feel it’s great to see more mystery spinners coming through the ranks and hopefully more will come through in the near future.


    You mention the role of captains in encouraging spinners – is that your experience with Eoin Morgan?

    Yes, this is the experience I have had with Eoin Morgan for the past four or five years as he has always encouraged me to be positive and brave in order to create chances and attack the batsman and has made worrying about conceding runs irrelevant to a large extent. As a result of this kind of support, things have gone very well for me and added to my enjoyment of the game and my self-belief as a spinner.


    How excited are you about taking part in The Hundred?

    Absolutely thrilled and excited to be part of this new competition and I am sure I am not the only one feeling that way. We have some big names involved with the eight teams and it’s very well organised so I am guessing everyone including the overseas players are looking forward to The Hundred. I am sure there will be a lot of interest on how well it will do, about the different rules and the format where we have innovations like five-ball overs. So, we may all need a little time to get used to these new features, but it’s something everyone is looking forward to. It will be interesting to see how everything falls into place and I am sure it will be a lot of fun for everyone, including the spectators and hopefully it will encourage more people to take up and watch cricket.


    Are the various Twenty20 leagues around the world a distraction or now part and parcel of modern-day cricket?

    I suppose it depends on the players, as everyone’s in a different boat. There are some people who have completed their international careers, and it’s perfectly reasonable for them to start playing in different leagues around the world. For those who are currently involved in international cricket, it may not be that easy based upon their international commitments, so they need to obviously pick and choose which competitions they take part in. Some may criticise these T20 or T10 tournaments but there is a lot to learn for all from these various competitions in different parts of the world.


    Given your Pakistani heritage, how important is the return of international cricket to Pakistan for the game as a whole?

    Having international games in Pakistan is absolutely crucial for the game and I am very happy that this is happening, and am also glad to see that Prime Minister Imran Khan is taking active steps for this to become a reality. I also know that the next edition of the Pakistan Super League will completely take place in Pakistan which is very good news and this is what the country needs given the passion and the fantastic history of the game there. I am really hoping that in the future, the likes of England, South Africa and Australia will tour Pakistan to play all formats of the game as that will be a huge gain for Pakistan and the game of cricket.

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    Absolute pleasure speaking to him recently at T10 League

    Seems very focussed on his career and I saw him and Moeen in intense discussions with Eoin Morgan also.


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    Moeen and Adil have always credited their improvement and success to Saqlain as he has helped them immensely over the last 3 years.

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    Good interview.

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    So much so that they are now both out of the team. Moeens confidence was totally shot by the end of the 1st Test in the Ashes.

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    Adil, not picked up at the PSL draft.



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    Leg-spinner Adil Rashid has signed a white ball contract with Yorkshire for the 2020 season.

    Rashid had a 2019 to remember, playing an integral part in England’s 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup success by taking 11 wickets, most notably claiming three dismissals in the semi-final victory over Australia at Edgbaston.

    The 32-year-old brings a wealth of experience and wicket-taking prowess to the Yorkshire Vikings’ Vitality Blast side, recording 190 wickets in domestic T20 cricket since his debut in 2008.

    After struggling with a persistent shoulder injury, Rashid is keen to manage his workload to give himself the best chance of helping England to T20 World Cup glory in Australia this October.

    Speaking following England’s T20 series victory against South Africa, Rashid said: “I am thrilled to sign this contract with my home club and look forward to this season’s T20 campaign.

    “I have decided to concentrate on white ball cricket this summer in the lead up to the T20 World Cup. This is due to an ongoing shoulder injury, so it is important for me to manage my workload to give me the best chance of remaining fit.

    “Although I won’t be playing red ball cricket this summer, I still have ambitions of playing Test Cricket in the future.”

    Revered as one of the leading leg-spinners in world cricket, The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon has emphasised the strength that Rashid will give the Vikings in the upcoming Vitality Blast campaign.

    “We fully understand Adil’s position and are happy that he will be available for Yorkshire in the Vitality Blast this coming season,” Moxon said.

    “Adil is a world class performer and will obviously add great value to our T20 team.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Adil, not picked up at the PSL draft.
    The stupidity of these franchises when someone as good as Adil is not picked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    So much so that they are now both out of the team. Moeens confidence was totally shot by the end of the 1st Test in the Ashes.
    Both proven to be vital in the recently concluded T20 series agianst South Africa


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    Quote Originally Posted by OhTwadi View Post
    Both proven to be vital in the recently concluded T20 series agianst South Africa
    But Saqlain made no difference to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    The stupidity of these franchises when someone as good as Adil is not picked.
    What a joke
    The best leg spinner in the world now tahirs retired

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    ADIL RASHID insists that he still wants to play Test cricket again despite signing a new white-ball only contract with Yorkshire that rules him out of doing so next summer.

    Rashid has agreed a deal for the coming season in which he will play for the club in the T20 Blast.

    The leg-spinner wants to focus on white-ball cricket in the run-up to the T20 World Cup in Australia in October/November and to manage his workload after a shoulder injury.

    The move rules him out of playing County Championship cricket for Yorkshire in 2020 (he has not done so in any case since 2017) and, by definition, Test cricket for England, who play six Tests next summer against West Indies/Pakistan.

    National selector Ed Smith said that Rashid must have a red-ball contract with Yorkshire going forward to remain in consideration for Test cricket after controversially recalling him to the Test team in August 2018 – six months after the player quit Championship/Test cricket and had no such contract in place.

    Rashid felt obliged to honour his England call-up that time but had no desire to play Championship cricket again for Yorkshire, a position that is unlikely to have changed.

    Nonetheless, a one-year multi-format deal was put in place at Emerald Headingley in September 2018 only for Rashid to then lose his Test place four months later.

    He played only three times for Yorkshire last year – all in the Royal London One-Day Cup, with the 50-over World Cup/England commitments clashing with Championship cricket in any event – and he withdrew from the club’s T20 Blast campaign due to his shoulder injury after helping England to win the global competition.

    There have been suggestions that Rashid, who turned 32 yesterday, might have been needed for next month’s two-Test series on the spinning pitches in Sri Lanka, hence the delay in clarification regarding his county situation.

    But Rashid ruled himself out of that tour earlier this month, saying that Test selection was something he felt he had to “earn again” at county level – albeit at what clearly remains an unspecified time.

    “Although I won’t be playing red-ball cricket this summer, I still have ambitions of playing Test cricket in the future,” said Rashid, who has taken 60 wickets in his 19 Tests.

    “I have decided to concentrate on white-ball cricket this summer in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup. This is due to an ongoing shoulder injury, so it is important for me to manage my workload to give me the best chance of remaining fit.

    “I am thrilled to sign this contract with my home club and look forward to this season’s T20 campaign.”

    It is possibly surprising, given the whole history of this saga, Rashid’s age and his shoulder issues, that he has not now retired from red-ball cricket.

    Perhaps the player and England want to keep all options open, and Yorkshire are happy with Rashid’s decision.

    “We fully understand Adil’s position and are happy that he will be available for Yorkshire in the Vitality Blast this coming season,” said director of cricket Martyn Moxon.

    “Adil is a world-class performer and will obviously add great value to our T20 team.”

    Rashid’s value in the T20 format was evidenced on the tour to South Africa that finished on Sunday. He bowled as well as ever to help England to a 2-1 win that served as useful build-up as they bid to hold the 50-over and 20-over World Cups simultaneously.

    Rashid will also play white-ball cricket next summer in The Hundred, which clashes with the county One-Day Cup.

    He is one of the ‘local icon’ players for the Headingley-based franchise Northern Superchargers.

    https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/spor...ire-1-10262025


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    Yorkshire and England spinner Adil Rashid is hopeful of making a return to red-ball cricket but admits his shoulder injury means he has "no idea" when that might be.

    The 32-year-old World Cup winner signed a one-year limited-overs deal with the Headingley club last month.

    "It's been very frustrating, but that happens in cricket. You have your ups and downs," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

    "It's not ideal but it's something I had to deal with and overcome."

    Rashid has played 19 Tests for England, but has not played a first-class game since the first match in the series in West Indies in January 2019.

    He said: "I can't decide a time. If the shoulder is better, it could be soon. If the shoulder's not great then I've still got to hold fire. But like I say, I've still got that in me to play red-ball cricket and see where it takes me. So that's something in the future hopefully.

    "It's all about the shoulder; we'll see how that goes. If the shoulder's holding well then there's always that potential of getting back into red-ball cricket for Yorkshire and then performing and getting a call back from England.

    "But at this moment in time, it's pretty tough thinking about red-ball cricket, or playing it, because of the shoulder."

    Rashid only made three appearances for Yorkshire last season as the Vikings failed to progress from the group stage in both the One-Day Cup and T20 Blast.

    However, he is confident they are capable of a much better showing in white-ball cricket in 2020.

    "We've got a very, very good side. We've got world-class international players and local players too. It's a good mix," he added.

    "We've got a team that can compete in the T20 format. Hopefully we can gel together well as a team and take it all the way. There's a good, positive vibe around the dressing room."

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