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Re: Adil Rashid
Posted by: Supporting Middlesex since 1999
Date: 31/01/2019 19:20
I can kind of understand Adil Rashid’s lack of interest in recent years when it comes to playing first-class cricket, as it seemed that his best chance of playing international cricket and making a living would be to focus on limited-overs cricket. He then signed a limited-overs-only contract at Yorkshire, which suited both parties, as it meant that he knew that he could put himself forward for competitions such as the IPL and CPL without missing matches Yorkshire expected him to play, and it also meant that Yorkshire knew were they stood with him. However, Rashid was then recalled to England's Test side last summer, which took him by as much surprise as it took everyone else, including Yorkshire’s management.

In hindsight, England should have selected either Jack Leach or Stuart Broad for the first Test in West Indies, when Rashid’s bowling neither resulted in any wickets nor in an impressive economy, and when he scored 12 and 1. However, at least he made more contribution in that match than in last summer’s Test v India at Lord’s, when England comfortably won without Rashid needing to bowl or bat!

A lot of people thought that England didn't need both Rashid and Moeen Ali’s bowling last week, but perhaps the team selection was justified after all after Roston Chase's spin yielded eight second innings wickets.

For people who do not play professional sport, it can be annoying when they see sportspeople allowed to take time off when they are tired, at risk of fatigue, or when their mind may be elsewhere. It seems that people who run professional sport teams place great concern in keeping players at optimum performance level, whereas people who run most workplaces are more concerned about keeping their business running and making money than they are about having a healthy and happy workforce.

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