Adil Rashid 'Would Love To Go And Play' IPL Cricket

Adil Rashid 'Would Love To Go And Play' IPL Cricket
Adil Rashid 'Would Love To Go And Play' IPL Cricket
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England and Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid would love to go and experience the glamour of  the Indian Premier League (IPL) and although he is currently unable to do under the the terms of his contract with Yorkshire, the youngster is interested in furthering his game in the high-profile Twenty20 competition.

“I think the IPL would be a great experience for me, I would love to go over there and play in the tournament. It would be brilliant to play with all different players from around the world in one team," he told Cricket World.

Although the county boards themselves have different restrictive policies on their players playing in the IPL, the lack of English representatives may have been effected by a report published earlier this year.

The report advised players from England, South Africa and Australia that the threat of a terrorist attack was a genuine possibility and only six English players have featured in this year’s IPL tournament, including Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood and Eoin Morgan.

There may, however, be more players from England playing in next year's IPL as two new franchises, based in Kochi and Pune, will feature in the expanded competition.

Rashid said: “There are not many England players that have gone this year, it is down to the county to decide as well. For me to go to the IPL I can not be under contract with Yorkshire, thats is how it works, so it will all come in good time.”

He is determined to make an all-round impact for Yorkshire and prove himself to the England selectors, who will be keeping a keen eye on him with the Ashes series fast approaching.

“I am looking to play for Yorkshire in all forms of the game, Championship, one-dayers and Twenty20s, and we will see how it goes from there. I do not think I am looking too far into the future, I am just looking to take it a game at a time.”

Although Rashid is only 22 years old, he has already had experience in playing against the Australians, playing for England Lions in a four day game against Ricky Ponting’s men at Worcester last year while he has also played against them in a One-Day International, in which he took figures of one for 55 from his seven overs.

“It was amazing to play against world-class players like Ricky Ponting and Brett Lee. Its good to see if you are up to the test and to see how good you are. It is obviously a good experience to play against them in the four-day game, but also it was a fantastic experience to play against them in a ODI as well.”

The talented youngster also has his sights set on the Friends Provident t20 competition this season as he feels he has worked hard on his limited overs game.

“I am really looking forward to the Twenty20 stuff this year. Over the years my Twenty20 game has come on quite a bit and I have learned a lot on how to work out players, with respect to what to bowl, and what not to bowl. So I am really looking forward to testing myself in this competition."

Like many other players on the county circuit, Rashid feels that Durham are the team to beat in the 2010 domestic season. Durham secured the County Championship title last year and this has made them a marked team going in to this competition.

“I think Durham are the team to beat, last year they won the County Championship, so hopefully we can get a win or a strong draw when we play them.” said Rashid.

Their chances of beating Durham and all their other competitors will be increase from next week when overseas signing Tino Best arrives. West Indian international Best will add sheer pace and passion to the already strong bowling options of Yorkshire.

Other bowlers that will be important for the White Roses’ chances will be Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shazad, although both will be looking to cement a place in the England side in preparation for the Ashes.

Rashid feels that Yorkshire have key players all round in both the batting and bowling departments.

“Each team has their key players, we have got some really good players in our team. From the batting point of view we have got Jaques Rudolph, Anthony McGrath and others and on the bowling side you have got, Tino Best, Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad, We have got quite a few key players in our team so it should be a good year for us.”

Adil had a quiet start to his season in Yorkshire’s victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston over the weekend, bowling 14 overs, only conceding 35 runs and taking one wicket. Although he will be looking to play more of a role in the rest of the games, he was happy with his contribution for the season opener.

“I was quite pleased from my personal point of view and also from the teams point of view. I did not bowl much, only a few overs here and there because of the overcast conditions and also because of the seamer-friendly wicket. It had seam movement and a bit of bounce as well. I thought I did my job quite well and we did well as a team.”

Gurjeet Sapal

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