ENG vs IND 2018: Ian Botham keen on roping in Adil Rashid at Durham

The Test series begins August 1.

Rashid's relations with Yorkshire is slowly growing sour. (Getty)

Adil Rashid's England Test recall against India has garnered a lot of attention. After backing his Test recall, Ian Botham is now aiming to rope him in for Durham after his relations with Yorkshire has started souring. 

This comes after Rashid came out in open to say "I have to think about the future in terms of which county I play for," after his current club, Yorkshire, expressed their disappointment at his inclusion in the England squad for the first Test against India despite opting out of red-ball cricket with them."

"We will definitely talk to him," Ian Botham said. "It is very competitive out there and everyone wants to get out of the second division. We won't do it this year but we'll do it next year with the way we are going and the way we are restructuring. We need to make it a side that people like Adil Rashid will look at and say 'it is only up the road and I can see where they are going and I would happily go there'.

"It is very hard to have much sympathy for Yorkshire. I have lost players - we have lost five key players at Durham - that have been poached around the north. I say poached and I stick by it."

"I have seen some pretty ridiculous stuff written over the last couple of days and I am very much on Adil's side," the former England cricketer added.

"He's the best spinner in England at the moment. He's possibly the best one-day bowler in the world - he's certainly right up there - so why shouldn't he play? His Test record isn't bad," the 62-year-old expressed.

"It won't make any difference to him that it's a red ball instead of a white one. He's not a swing bowler. He will get the ball to dip and spin because of the purchase he gets on it. The bigger seam on the Duke's ball might be better for him.

"There's a strong case for England to play two spinners at Edgbaston because of the way it turns. It wouldn't surprise me if India play three spinners. I hope he does really well. I like the kid. His bowling has come on leaps and bounds so I wish him all the very, very best."

Now the substance behind Rashid's inclusion for the first Test will only be understood after the end of the first Test. 

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)


By Anshuman Roy - 28 Jul, 2018

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