Adil Rashid, 30, was selected in a 13-man squad for the first Test against India next week despite signing a white-ball-only contract at Yorkshire. It is a remarkable move by domestic selector Ed Smith and his comrade to pick the 30-year-old Yorkshire leg-spinner – at a time when he has not played a red-ball match for 10 months for his county.
This selection has led to worldwide denunciation with Vaughan who was quick to react and took it to twitter. He tweeted: “We have picked someone who cannot be added with four day cricket for the Test team. Forget whether he is good enough or not I find this decision ridiculous!!!”
Vaughan added: “I personally think Adil Rashid should not be picked for the Test team.”
Reacting to this Fellow England legend Darren Gough replied: “100 per cent agree.”
Adil’s Hit back:
To this Adil Rashid has hit back at criticism to his county Yorkshire and former England captain Michael Vaughan over his selection for the first Test against India at Edgbaston next week, calling Vaughan’s comments “stupid”.
And he further added that, “When I mentioned at the start of the year I will not be playing red-ball cricket, Vaughan tweeted something then. He was being controversial and saying his stupid things then too. A lot of people have got no interest in what he says.”
He also said that there were a lot of former players who spoke ‘nonsense’ about the current England team players.
“There will be people out there who are not happy. That is not my fault,” Rashid concluded.
It’s noteworthy that Vaughan had presented Rashid with his first Test cap in 2015.