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Adil Rashid selection – reactions

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Adil Rashid’s selection for the first Test at Edgbaston has caused quite a stir.

The England leg-spinner is employed on a white-ball-only contract at Yorkshire having declared himself unavailable for red-ball cricket. But the selectors have persuaded him to play, recognising the potential value of an international quality spinner during a dry, hot summer.

Here are some of the stronger reactions to the decision.

Michael Vaughan was livid.

And his fellow Yorkshireman, the journalist David Hopps, was particularly hysterical:

“As a sporting example of the difference between metropolitan laws of convenience and the cussed, uncompromising morality that still flavours much of the north, this one will take some beating,” he wrote.

Yorkshire chairman Mark Arthur said: “We’re very surprised that England have called up Adil after not playing red-ball cricket this season. Neither has he expressed a desire to do so. I hope that England know what they are doing to Adil, and to the county game.”

With Jack Leach omitted due to a lack of bowling, Somerset also raised a eyebrows.

David Lloyd, on the other hand, could see the value in getting Rashid involved in long-form cricket again.

Kevin Pietersen had some concerns.

Not everyone was against the selection, though.

Rashid himself hit back at critics: “There will be people out there who are not happy. There will be haters, like the pundits who are saying it is a disgrace. That is not my fault.”

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