Yorkshire and England’s Adil Rashid has been awarded a benefit year for 2018 after more than 13 years’ service to the county.
The 29-year-old, who has risen through the Club’s Academy, is now a firm fixture in England’s one-day and T20 teams and has also been a big part of the Test team during their sub-continental winter tours over the last few years.
“It’s a huge privilege to be awarded a benefit year and I’m thankful to Yorkshire for giving me that,” he told yorkshireccc.com. “I’ve had a brilliant time at the Club for the past 13 years that I’ve been there and hopefully that will continue. But a huge thank you must go to Yorkshire for awarding me this.
“It started off at a young age, we played age groups in the 13s, 14s and 15s and you just work your way up. If you turn in good performances you get your reward. From there, I never thought it would come to this. I’ve played for 13 years, it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride and hopefully it can continue.”
The leg-spinning all-rounder, who signed scholarship terms in 2004, announced his arrival when he took six wickets on his Championship debut for Yorkshire against Warwickshire at Scarborough in 2006.
A two-time Championship winner, Rashid has proven time and time again that he can be a match-winner with both bat and ball, scoring 10 first-class hundreds. The Bradfordian has taken just under 500 first-class wickets for the White Rose.
“My hard work has paid off,” he continued. “But there’s plenty more to do as well. I didn’t think it would have gone as well as it has done. When you put the work in, that’s when things happen for you. I’m thankful for everything that has happened.
“I remember in 2004 and trying to find my game, which can be quite tough as a leg spinner, but you’ve got to discover your action. I’ve definitely experienced the ups and downs, not all just ups. When you do have those tough times you’ve just got to find a way again.”
Rashid, who has just returned from the Bangladesh Premier League where he represented Dhaka Dynamites, continued: “Martyn Moxon, Andrew Gale, Ian Dews and Richard Damms have all helped me along the way, but obviously Galey and Frog have been massive for me. We’ve had some ups and downs, but for the large part it has been good so far.
“I’m very much looking forward to 2018 and contributing to some big wins for the Club. We didn’t perform to our potential last year in the County Championship but hopefully this year it will come good and we’ll win it. It will undoubtedly take a lot of work and a huge team effort, but that’s something I’m really looking forward to.”
Club CEO Mark Arthur added: “We are delighted to award Adil a benefit year for next season and it has been a privilege to watch him develop as a player and a person over the years. His contributions across the two title winning seasons were invaluable and we hope to celebrate his benefit year with more success as a Club.
“He continues to earn plaudits for his performances on the International stage and, such is his work ethic, you get the feeling there is more to come.
“On behalf of all at Emerald Headingley we hope is proves a success and that Members and supporters afford him their support and gratitude throughout 2018.”