The recent controversy between Michael Vaughan, and Yorkshire cricket about the inclusion of Adil Rasheed in the test series against India has turned a lot of heads. The reason has been Rasheed’s unwillingness to play red ball cricket for Yorkshire in spite of a chance to feature in the Test series.
Rashid responded to Vaughan’s opinion by labeling it as “stupid “ and “unimportant.”
Former England All rounder weighed in on the Wrist spinner’s call-up to the squad.
"It is the best conditions for him," said Botham. "The pitches are going to be dry and I am pretty certain he will get purchase out of them."
He added: "I hope he does really well. I like the kid - he is very intense and always wanting to do better with his bowling.
"His bowling has come on leaps and bounds."
Rashid was crucial for England in the Odi series as he took six wickets in just three games with an average of just 25 against the mighty Indian line up. Rahid’s ability to make the most of dry the dry surface is what made the England selectors opt for him.
Former England captain also gave his views about the silliness in targeting Rashid.
"I have seen some ridiculous stuff written, and I am very much on Adil's side," said Botham, 62.
"I find it quite bizarre. Adil wanted to play white-ball cricket, he has bowled exceptionally well and in the last two series he played in Test cricket he bowled very well.
"Then for some reason England messed him around a bit.
"He took the option (to only play white-ball cricket), he has now bowled extremely well, they said 'look, come in for this series, we would like you to play', then I hear later on that they have told him if you don't sign up to a four-day contract for next year you can't play.
"Excuse me, if that is the attitude why is he playing now? They make it difficult for themselves.
"He is now on top of his game, he has come to terms with his game and how he should perform and I am really happy he is back in there.
"England should be playing their best players regardless of white-ball or red-ball contracts. If he is an English-qualified player and he can play - play. Cut all the bull out."
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