- Adil Rashid will represent Yorkshire in limited-overs formats only this season
- The 29-year-old England regular hopes the decision will give his career a boost
- ‘It wasn’t an easy decision to make but it’s something I felt I had to do,’ he said
England leg-spinner Adil Rashid has decided not to play in first-class cricket this season and will represent Yorkshire in limited-overs formats only.
The White Rose are working to facilitate Rashid’s request and it’s understood a new deal is being renegotiated for the 29-year-old, who will only play in the Royal London One-Day Cup and the NatWest T20 Blast for his county.
Rashid is a regular in England’s one-day and Twenty20 teams and hopes the decision to focus on white-ball cricket this year will give his career a boost.
England spinner Adil Rashid has decided not to play first-class cricket for Yorkshire this season
He said: ‘It’s for this season coming and to see how it goes. 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.
‘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.’
‘I just feel that white-ball cricket is where I am best, enjoying it most,’ the leg-spinner said