Yorkshire say that Adil Rashid has no plans to play red-ball cricket for them again – even though he is willing to consider playing red-ball cricket for England.
Director of cricket Martyn Moxon has confirmed that Rashid’s position remains unchanged with relation to four-day Championship cricket.
The leg-spinner quit the red-ball game in February – signing only a white-ball contract with Yorkshire for 2018 – only to dramatically announce last week that he is willing to consider playing for England in their forthcoming Test series with India.
Rashid’s stance – and the apparent double-standard – has not gone down well with some of Yorkshire’s supporters, while he has yet to sign a white-ball deal offered by the club for 2019, prompting speculation that he could leave at the end of the season.
Commenting on Rashid’s willingness to consider a Test return, Moxon told The Yorkshire Post: “Having spoken to Adil, this is just a conversation that he’s had with (national selector) Ed Smith, so there’s nothing definite.
“It’s not changed his opinion on playing (red-ball) county cricket, so nothing’s changed as far as we’re concerned.
“It’s up to England to decide whether they want to pick him on the back of him not playing County Championship cricket.
“He hasn’t said that he will play for England – he’s said that he’d consider it – and England haven’t said that they’re going to pick him either, so it’s a bit of a non-story at the minute.”
England are set to announce on Thursday their squad for the first Test against India at Edgbaston, which starts on August 1.
The five-Test series continues with matches at Lord’s, Trent Bridge, Southampton and The Oval.
It’s not changed his opinion on playing (red-ball) county cricket, so nothing’s changed as far as we’re concerned.Martyn Moxon
“I think there’s still a lot of water to pass under the bridge before he might even play for England, so that’s by no means definite,” added Moxon. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”
The crowd of 22,515 for Yorkshire’s T20 match against Lancashire at Old Trafford was a record for a Blast game outside of London and Finals Day.