Adil Rashid has cleared clouds over his future in Test Cricket by stating that he hasn’t closed door on Test cricket & has been in contact with Brendon McCullum about the possibility of returning to red-ball cricket after a long break of three & a half years.
Rashid’s last appearance in Test Cricket came in January 2019 in Barbados & since then he hasn’t been featured in any of the Test games. His entire focus was on the ODI and T20 World Cups in 2019 and 2021 and managing a persistent shoulder injury that has previously required painkilling injections.
England’s New Test Captain, McCullum said that he wanted to “have the conversation” with some of England’s white-ball specialists & figure out whether they are interested in playing certain Test series, with Rashid likely to be in contention for the Pakistan tour at the end of this year if he declared himself available.
“Brendon’s reached out to me – just a text to check how things are,” Rashid told the Daily Mail. “I’ve not closed the door on Test cricket. I’ve not retired or anything like that. It’s something that’s still there. It’s everyone’s dream to play Test cricket and I’m no different.
“It’s always exciting when something new comes along. Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes both like to be positive and attacking. That drives me on and it’s very exciting.”
Rashid Khan added that his shoulder has been quite good now for a while, though I have to stay on top of it,” but acknowledged that “a lot else has got to happen” in order for a Test recall to become a realistic proposition.
Rashid is slated to play County Championship cricket for Yorkshire in September, which will be looked upon as the only realistic window in Rashid’s schedule to make a red-ball return. “If he wants to restart his red-ball career, playing for us would be the best place to do that,” Ottis Gibson, Yorkshire’s coach, said earlier this year.
“We would love to have him and I’ve told him that but he’s made his decision. I’ve told him we would love him to play some red-ball cricket if down the line it’s something he’d like to do.”
Earlier last week, Moeen Ali, Rashid’s close friend who retired from Test Cricket in 2021 has said that he has left the door open for a potential return to Test Cricket. He said, “Brendon is a straight, honest guy – we’ve had a chat, and maybe in the future, potential tours or whatever… who knows?”
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