Former England captain Michael Vaughan had some harsh things to say about Adil Rashid’s unwillingness to play red ball cricket for Yorkshire once he had the chance of being selected for the forthcoming series against India.
He labeled the leg spinner as an “unprofessional” who has been selected on the basis of “ unique circumstances.”
But Rashid countered Vaughan’s argument by lashing out on him and his opinions.
"His opinions do not matter to anybody. When I mentioned at the start of the year I will not be playing red-ball cricket, he tweeted something then. He was being controversial and saying his stupid things then too. A lot of people have got no interest in what he says. It is about getting people to like what he says.
"I don't think he has an agenda against me. I played under and with him but sometimes ex-players come out and start talking nonsense about current players. If he wants to carry on talking just because he is bored with nothing better to say, then that is his choice. There will be people out there who are not happy. There will be haters, like the pundits who are saying it is a disgrace. That is not my fault."
Adil Rashid along with spin partner Moen Ali made the Indian batsmen struggle throughout the ODI series by keeping it tight on the field. Adil Rasheed’s delivery to get the best batsman bowled in the third ODI, made even Virat Kohli, stay on the pitch with a bamboozled look for a couple of seconds as to what had just happened.
Rashid also attacked his county Yorskshire and its CEO Mark Arthur who was not in favor of the leggie’s inclusion in the test squad.
"I did not do anything wrong in that sense. There is no reason for Yorkshire to react like this. It was not something I expected or wanted. It would have been nice to have got the support from your county or the people close to you, but if they do not want to give their support, that is their problem. I don't need anybody's support in that situation. I know what I want to do and achieve. If I give 100% and it goes well, it goes well. If it doesn't then I will still be happy.
"If they treat me like they have done, don't see any value in me and are disrespectful to me, I have to think about the future in terms of which county I play for."
Adil Rashid will be in England's test squad, hoping for an opportunity to silence his critics through his wrist spin and wicket taking abilities. The five match test series kicks off on the 1st of August.
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