Leg-spinner Adil Rashid has signed a white ball contract with Yorkshire for the 2020 season.
Rashid had a 2019 to remember, playing an integral part in England’s 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup success by taking 11 wickets, most notably claiming three dismissals in the semi-final victory over Australia at Edgbaston.
The 32-year-old brings a wealth of experience and wicket-taking prowess to the Yorkshire Vikings’ Vitality Blast side, recording 191 wickets in T20 cricket since his debut in 2008.
After struggling with a persistent shoulder injury, Rashid is keen to manage his workload to give himself the best chance of helping England to T20 World Cup glory in Australia this October.
Speaking following England’s T20 series victory against South Africa, Rashid said: “I am thrilled to sign this contract with my home club and look forward to this season’s T20 campaign.
“I have decided to concentrate on white ball cricket this summer in the lead up to the T20 World Cup. This is due to an ongoing shoulder injury, so it is important for me to manage my workload to give me the best chance of remaining fit.
“Although I won’t be playing red ball cricket this summer, I still have ambitions of playing Test Cricket in the future.”
Revered as one of the leading leg-spinners in world cricket, The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon has emphasised the strength that Rashid will give the Vikings in the upcoming Vitality Blast campaign.
“We fully understand Adil’s position and are happy that he will be available for Yorkshire in the Vitality Blast this coming season,” Moxon said.
“Adil is a world class performer and will obviously add great value to our T20 team.”