Darren Gough has slammed Adil Rashid’s recall to England Test squad, branding it “ridiculous” and “a kick in the teeth to every other bowler in county cricket”.
Rashid’s return to the red-ball game for next week’s 1,000th Test against India was announced by England selectors on Thursday.
But the recall was shrouded with controversy, with the Yorkshire spinner previously making the decision to quit all first-class cricket to focus on the limited-overs game.
The 30-year-old hasn’t hasn’t played a red-ball match for ten months, and is currently playing in the T20 Blast for Yorkshire Vikings.
But Rashid will now have to leave that squad after being called up for the first Test against India, which starts next week (1-5 August).
And former England and Yorkshire fast-bowler Gough has told talkSPORT he was astonished by the decision to bring him back into the fold.
The Drivetime host said on Thursday: “This Rashid one is totally left field – it’s ridiculous how he’s been called up.
“It’s a big kick in the teeth for every bowler out there in county cricket and it tells every other spinner out there that you’re rubbish.
“I don’t get it. He hasn’t got a contract to play red ball cricket. He could play for England this summer and all this winter without even having a contract for Yorkshire.
“What is that all about?
“They knew he was probably going to be picked for this, they should have said to him: ‘Adil, this is going to cause a huge problem, the media are going to go nuts on this, so can you go to Yorkshire…’
“Instead of them signing an emergency spinner for the Roses match last week, go and play for Yorkshire!
“All the other England players played country cricket last week. Stokes, Wood, Root, Cook, Bairstow, – they all played. Every player played, except Rashid.”