Adil Rashid turns down red-ball cricket for Yorkshire in 2018

Adil Rashid wants to focus on limited overs cricket
Adil Rashid wants to focus on limited overs cricket

England international Adil Rashid has decided to play only limited overs games for his county Yorkshire in the upcoming season.

Rashid made his Test debut for England in 2016 and has gone on to play 10 games but dropped out contention in December 2016 with Trevor Bayliss' side turning to Moeen Ali as their lead spinner while Mason Crane was selected as the second spinner in their recent Ashes tour of Australia.

However, Rashid has been an integral part of England's limited overs set up and has played 86 games combined and the 29-year-old insists that his present focus is on white-ball cricket.

"At this moment in time in my career, I just feel that white-ball cricket is where I am best, enjoying it most and where I feel I can develop and offer a lot more," he said.

"That was my main thought process. It's not me saying I'm finished from red ball, it's just me saying that this summer, I'm going to concentrate on white ball and see where that takes me.

"it wasn't an easy decision to make but it's something I felt I had to do."

Yorkshire Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon revealed that the club would recommend Rashid to play in all the three formats but eventually will respect his decision. The Headingley based outfit also confirmed that they will be renegotiating a contract with the leg-spinner following his latest decision.

"From my point of view it's disappointing because I think Adil has got the ability to play in all three formats of the game, not only at county level, but also at international level. It is Adil's decision and we have to respect that."

Rashid will now be available to play the Natwest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup games for Yorkshire in the 2018 season.

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