Adil Rashid has hit back at Michael Vaughan following the former England captain’s criticism of his Test recall and accused his county Yorkshire of being “disrespectful” in their reaction to the news.
Leg-spinner Rashid has been selected in the 13-man squad to face India at Edgbaston next week despite his self-imposed exile from county cricket.
Rashid, who won the last of his 10 Test caps in Chennai more than 18 months ago, currently only has a limited-overs contract with Yorkshire having turned his back on the longer form of the game.
The 30-year-old has not played red-ball cricket all season, but his sparkling one-day form – Rashid took 20 wickets in the recent series wins against Australia and India – has earned him a shock recall to the Test arena.
His selection has not gone down well with Vaughan, an ex-team-mate of Rashid’s for Yorkshire, who described his selection as “stab in the back for county cricket.”
Writing in the Telegraph, he added: “It basically says our county game, the finishing school for our cricketers, does not matter any more and that it is irrelevant.”
Rashid, though, claimed Vaughan was “talking nonsense” and his opinions “did not matter to anybody”.
“When I mentioned at the start of the year I will not be playing red-ball cricket, he tweeted something then,” he said in an interview with BBC Sport. “He was being controversial and saying his stupid things then too.
“I don’t think he has an agenda against me. I played under and with him but sometimes ex-players come out and start talking nonsense about current players.
“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.”
Vaughan was far from the only critical voice. Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur said the county were “very surprised” by Rashid’s recall.
The player responded by casting doubt on his future at Headingley.
He said: “They might be disappointed for various reasons, but it would have been nice if the chief executive or head coach could have said, ‘Well done, congratulations on being selected, good on you’, as opposed to being angry and upset for not playing red-ball cricket for them, even though I told them I would not be doing so.
“I did not do anything wrong in that sense. There is no reason for Yorkshire to react like this. It was not something I expected or wanted.
“It would have been nice to have got the support from your county or the people close to you, but if they do not want to give their support, that is their problem.
“I don’t need anybody’s support in that situation. I know what I want to do and achieve.
“If I give 100 per cent and it goes well, it goes well. If it doesn’t then I will still be happy.
“If they treat me like they have done, don’t see any value in me and are disrespectful to me, I have to think about the future in terms of which county I play for.”
National selector Ed Smith has made it clear that in order to be eligible for Test selection next year Rashid must return to the four-day game domestically.
Rashid’s inclusion alongside his fellow spinner Moeen Ali, for England’s 1,000th Test against India at Edgbaston, comes despite his decision last winter to quit all first-class cricket this year while he prepares for a home World Cup campaign in 2019.
It is therefore an unprecedented move by national selector Ed Smith and his colleagues to pick the 30-year-old Yorkshire leg-spinner – at a time when he has not played a red-ball match for 10 months, with none scheduled for his county either in the foreseeable future.
Porter’s call-up, in place of Chris Woakes – who England believe is still short of his best as he returns from injury and will therefore miss his home Test – is also a surprise.
13-man squad for the first Test match against India at Edgbaston— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) July 26, 2018
Joe Root (captain)
The paceman is currently working his way back from an ankle injury sustained playing for Nottinghamshire against Worcestershire in the Specsavers County Championship last month.
Having had a few injections, Broad has started to increase his bowling workload this week with a view to playing in Notts’ Division One game against Surrey at Trent Bridge from Sunday.
He is hoping to come through that four-day game unscathed with England taking on India in the first of five Tests at Edgbaston from August 1.
At the age of 32, Broad is in no mood to slow down and has aspirations to follow in the footsteps of his new-ball partner James Anderson.
Asked whether he will still be around after the 2019 Ashes, Broad said: “I think it is quite dangerous to look as far ahead as that. It can take your mind off what is really important.
“I don’t want to look too far ahead, but a huge goal of mine is to regain the Ashes in 2019. That is number one, top of the list, but what is going to make me a better cricketer in the short term, is to be able to be in that team fit and firing and be the guy Rooty (Joe Root) looks to.
“I really need to shorten my mindset and get things that are really reachable now and get things to push towards, rather than look to ends of careers because once you do that you slow down as a person and I am not at the stage of wanting to do that.”
Broad was the subject of criticism following below-par winter tours of Australia and New Zealand.
But he showed signs of regaining his form in the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley last month, taking match figures of six for 66 in an innings victory, before injury struck on county duty.
“I think in 2018 I am averaging 15 or 16 with the ball, something like that,” Broad, who is a Hardy’s ambassador, said.
“I have had a brilliant year stats wise and I feel really good.
“The action is in a good place, I am getting good bounce and good pace and I am bowling at people in the nets I have bowled at for years and they are saying ‘this is the quickest I have seen you bowl for a couple of years’.”
With the schedule as it is this summer, specialist Test players such as Broad, Anderson and Alastair Cook are fresh after seeing little red-ball action.
But Broad accepts rotation in the bowling department may come into skipper Joe Root’s thinking against India.
“It’s very, very dependant on the pitches we get,” he said.
“It is an aim to play all five Test matches and that is why we are trying to go in as fresh as possible.
“But if the pitches play as well as they probably should do with the weather we have had, it would not be unheard of to miss one and I think we will need a bowling unit to win this Test series.”
Despite beating England at home two years ago, India were hammered the last time they toured this country in 2014.
“It is a huge series. We know the quality of their team,” Broad added.
“You only have to look down their one-day team and they have all bases covered. You get a very similar feeling with their red-ball team.
“They completely outplayed us in India in 2016 and I think they are playing a pretty similar side, very much a team Virat Kohli has put together and is driving forward.”