Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Darren Gough has slammed Adil Rashid’s decision to turn his back on first-class cricket and says Yorkshire should ditch the leg-spinnner.
Speaking on talkSPORT2’s Cricket Week podcast, the former England star revealed he is “hugely disappointed” with his one-time teammate.
Rashid declared this week he will not play in the Championship in 2018, with the 29-year-old only making himself available for 50-over and T20 matches.
Gough, a veteran of 58 Tests and 159 one-day internationals, said: “I thought he was a player that didn’t really love it. I’m hugely disappointed in him, it’s a ridiculous decision.
“If I were Yorkshire I would say ‘off you go mate’. He’s a leg spinner and bats at six or seven and he’s one of the reasons why they’ve won titles in the past.
“They’re going to miss him now and it’s too late to go out there and find another leg spinner just like that – it’s a special art.
“They’ve already made their overseas picks with Williamson and Pujara. They might have had a totally different pick”
Yorkshire’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon also spoke about Rashid’s decision on the Cricket Week, which is live on talkSPORT2 every Monday from 8pm. Listen to the latest show in full here.