Yorkshire’s leg-spinning all-rounder Adil Rashid has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a chronic shoulder issue.
The Braford-born, 31-year-old World Cup winner, who underwent a scan on Tuesday, will now take some time out to rehabilitate his shoulder injury under the expert care of England’s medical team.
Rashid, whose injury was carefully managed throughout the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, now requires a sustained period of rehabilitation and, as a result, is likely to miss the remainder of the 2019 domestic season.
“The aim was to come back after the World Cup and play for Yorkshire,” Rashid told Yorkshireccc.com. “I enjoy playing for Yorkshire, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I’ve had a shoulder problem for a little while and I got through the World Cup with an injection. Obviously, as time has gone on the injection has worn out and, after the World Cup, I started feeling a bit of a pinch in my shoulder.
“These things can happen and fortunately it hasn’t happened to me earlier than it has. I’ve played 13-14 years of professional cricket and this is the first time I’ve suffered an injury to my shoulder.
“I’m very confident, after being ruled out for the rest of the season, that I can get myself fully fit before we go away in the winter. I’ve got two months now to get myself fully fit and it’s as simple as that.
“From both the ECB’s and Yorkshire’s point of view, now we’ve identified what’s wrong with the shoulder, it’s important during this period that I’m not playing. I got through the World Cup due to an injection but that’s just a temporary thing so the aim now in these two months is to get the rehab done and get fully fit.
“I’m confident if I do things properly I can get fully fit, not just for the winter but for the rest of my career.”
Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon added: “Obviously, we’re very disappointed not to be able to call on the services of Adil for the rest of the season.
“However, it is clear that the problem with his shoulder needs clearing up with the long term in mind.
“Hopefully he will be fit again as soon as possible.”
England return to New Zealand in November for five T20s and two Test matches, whilst four Tests, three ODIs and three T20s are set to follow as the team tour South Africa between December 2019 and February 2020.
Rashid, who will miss the remaining seven Vitality Blast fixtures, will now look to ensure his shoulder is in perfect condition for a busy winter of International cricket.
He added: “I’m genuinely disappointed not to be playing for Yorkshire, but hopefully I can do next year now.
“When I can play, I’ll play. I just wasn’t anywhere near fit enough to play. People may have other views, but I just can’t play. Any other talk is nonsense. I enjoy playing cricket and enjoy playing for Yorkshire, but this year it wasn’t possible with how the shoulder was.
“My main aim is to get my shoulder fit, strong and powerful ahead of the winter. I’ll be in the gym, keeping fit and rehabbing my shoulder. Hopefully, once I get through that period I can just continue playing cricket.”