Selectors face wrath for recalling Adil Rashid

By Agency Published on Jul 27, 2018 04:19 PM IST

London: Pillorying the decision to recall leg-spinner Adil Rashid in the England squad for the first Test against India, captains Michael Vaughan and Nasir Hussain said it was a "ridiculous" decision, and the selection panel has set a "dangerous precedent."

Former England captain Vaughan, who himself played for Yorkshire, blasted the decision on his twitter page.

"So we have picked someone who cannot be arsed with 4 day cricket for the Test Team ... Forget whether he is good enough or not I find this decision ridiculous ... !!!," Vaughan wrote.

Hussain also questioned the call made by the selectors. "I think it sends a bad message out that someone who is not willing and doesn't want to play red-ball cricket - who doesn't want to play for their county - can, just because he's bowled well in a few white-ball games, be given the keys to the city and be welcomed back into the Test match side," he was quoted as saying.

"I think it's a dangerous precedent to set because what do you do with players in between Test matches in the future because if they don't want to go off and play red-ball cricket for their county, what do the ECB do? Do they force them to do that or can a player just say Adil Rashid doesn't play for his county, I'll put my feet up for four or five days," he added.

Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur joined the chorus by saying "We're very surprised that England has called Adil up after not playing red-ball cricket this season."

"Neither has he expressed a desire to do so. I hope that England knows what they're doing to Adil, and the county game," Arthur added.

Rashid has also expressed surprise on his inclusion and said it was a tough decision for him to accept it and make himself available for England in Tests in what can be termed as a "surprise" recall to the 13-man squad for the five-Test series against India, starting August 1.

The 30-year-old last played a Test match in December 2016 against India (at Chennai). He was dramatically recalled following his recent exploits in ODIs where he got 20 wickets against Australia and India at an average of 23.95.

"It was definitely a tough decision, and obviously I was kind of surprised because to get back in the Test side usually people have to go back to your county and perform to be considered," he said.

"After the ODIs, there was a discussion that me and Ed (selector Ed Smith) had, just regarding - you know - how you feel about playing, or being part of the squad, this summer against India. So obviously, I had to think about it, considering I hadn't played red-ball game for a little while but this opportunity I couldn't buy at it - I had to think about it and make a decision. I said 'I'll make myself available."

Rashid, who signed a white-ball-only deal with Yorkshire in February, said his time away from Test cricket won't put him under pressure.