4th December 2020

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Adil Rashid signs one-year, white-ball contract extension with Yorkshire

Adil Rashid has agreed to a one-year, white-ball contract extension with Yorkshire for 2021.

Legspinner Rashid, who made his first-class and list A debuts with the county in 2006, did not pull on a Yorkshire shirt this year, having spent much of the compact 2020 season in England’s biosecure “bubble”.

With the domestic and international schedules for 2021 unconfirmed, Rashid’s availability for Yorkshire is also yet to be determined, but he hopes to feature in the Vitality Blast, having taken 110 wickets for the club in T20 matches.

“It would be nice to be able to play in the Vitality Blast next year,” Rashid said. “I haven’t played for a while now because of Covid and being with England, but it would be nice to represent Yorkshire again next year and play in the T20 Blast.

“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.”

Earlier this week, 32-year-old Rashid said any potential return to England’s Test side would depend on whether his shoulder could “handle the stress of red-ball cricket”. Rashid has not played a Test since the 2018-19 tour of West Indies, and had surgery on his right shoulder after struggling with injury through England’s successful World Cup campaign.

Since his return, he has taken 22 wickets in 16 limited-overs appearances this year, and he held talks with England head coach Chris Silverwood about his availability for Tests with possible tours to Sri Lanka and India next year, depending on the status of the Covid-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions.

“The big question is whether my shoulder can handle the stress of red-ball cricket again and there is the potential knock-on effect on my bowling in the shorter formats to consider as well,” Rashid told the i website.

National selector Ed Smith has previously suggested Rashid could be picked for Tests despite only holding a white-ball contract with Yorkshire. That is in contrast to earlier comments by Smith, saying Rashid “must have a contract to play red-ball cricket” to be eligible for selection

Rashid said the time spent in biosecure environments with England this year had been challenging but necessary.

“You have your ups and downs in cricket, but this summer generally was okay for me from a cricketing perspective,” he said. “I’m always trying to improve, trying to get better. Sometimes that happens and sometimes it doesn’t in terms of outcome. Hopefully now I can try my best to carry on my form to next year.”

Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket, said: “Obviously at this stage we don’t know how the fixture list is going to fall and how that will impact on his England commitments. It’s always good to have him as a potential selection for us and hopefully he will play some games for us next season.

“He’s been at the top of his game this summer and put in some fantastic performances. He’s consistent now at international level. There’s a lot of good white-ball spinners around the world but he’s definitely one of the best. Any games that he is available for us, it will be great to have him as part of our team.”


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