Adil Rashid was named in the England squad for the first test match against India to be commenced on 1st August 2018 at Edgbaston. This spinner played 10 tests and picked 38 wickets. He was named in the 13-man squad for the first test match against India and signed a contract for York Shire in the county format. The official from England cricket board explained that Rashid could play in 2019 squad only if he signs for the county team.
The Chief selector of England Ed Smith said that “Adil Rashid also returns to the England Test squad. Before the selection meeting, Adil had confirmed his availability to play Test cricket for England for the whole of this summer and the upcoming winter tours to Sri Lanka and West Indies. Following his earlier decision in February 2018, Adil has a white-ball only contract to play for Yorkshire this summer. That arrangement is unchanged by his selection for England. However, Adil fully understands that if he wishes to be eligible for Test cricket in the 2019 season, he must have a county contract to play four-day cricket. Moving forward, England Test players must be committed to the county championship.
“Clearly, the one-off circumstances around Adil’s return to the Test squad are unusual. However, the selection panel was unanimous in believing that Adil should be selected in England’s squad,”
Most of the experts from Yorkshire frowned at the decision of the selectors since Rashid signed for county format for only a year and he was reluctant to play the red ball cricket. In this context, Mark Arthur, Yorkshire Club’s chief executive said that “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.”
Adil Rashid said that he signed for Yorkshire only for the year of 2018 and will come out of the county after the contract expires. He made a clarification before the press that “It was definitely a tough decision – and yes, obviously, I was kind of surprised. To get back in the Test side, usually, people have got to go back to their counties and perform to be considered. But for me and Ed Smith, and a few others, had a chat – and they were thinking if I can be available… we’ll be happy for me to be in the squad. That’s something I had to think about, and I made that decision to be available,”
Ed Smith said that “Jack Leach has had an exceptional run of bad luck which now leaves him short of bowling at the start of the series against India. Having broken his thumb before the first Test against Pakistan, Jack then suffered a concussion on his return to county cricket. As a result, Jack has bowled only 37 overs in county or Lions cricket since first being injured. The selection panel felt it was too early for Jack to play in a Test match. Though he is not included in the XIII, Jack will join the team throughout preparations for the Test.
“The same applies to Dom Bess. Dom made an outstanding all-around contribution in his debut series against Pakistan and impressed everyone with his character and competitiveness. For different reasons, unfortunately, Dom has also found opportunities scarce in championship cricket. Though not included in the XIII, he will also practice fully with the squad before the Test,” he added.
Adil Rashid made a comeback into the team and stood crucial for the team’s victory in the ODI series against India. Moeen Ali played his last test in 2017 and Rashid played his in 2016. Jamie Porter got his call into the test squad and Tom Curran also called up to play for the test team. Chris Woakes will be rested for the first test probably.