Adil Rashid hit out at Michael Vaughan like a spoilt brat: Geoffrey Boycott

first_imgLeg-spinner Adil Rashid’s selection continues to draw criticism with former captain Geoffrey Boycott now slamming his inclusion in the England Test squad for the India series, calling the spinner a “spoilt brat”, who should not have been handed a Test recall.Rashid was on Tuesday named in England’s playing XI for the first Test against India in Birmingham starting from August 1.His selection has stirred up a storm in England as the 30-year-old signed a white-ball only contract with his county Yorkshire in February but said he “was not finished” with the longest format of the game.Controversial? Adil Rashid in England playing XI for first Test vs IndiaHe did not feature in the recent four-day game with Lancashire which included several members of the England squad on both sides.”In two years England have gone around in a circle. By picking Adil Rashid, they are selecting the unselectable: a player who will not play four-day Championship cricket for Yorkshire because his heart isn’t in it but he will play for England in Test Matches. Absurd? Yes,” Boycott wrote in the Daily Telegraph.India vs England: I feel a bit sorry for Adil Rashid, says Alastair CookYorkshire have reacted angrily to England’s decision to select a player who has made himself unavailable to them for red-ball cricket this summer.”How could he expect Yorkshire to welcome that news? He should reverse the roles and put himself in their position instead of thinking about himself. It makes him look like a spoilt brat,” Boycott, a former opener, said.advertisementAdil Rashid in controversial England comeback for 1st Test against IndiaFormer England and Yorkshire captain Michael Vaughan had said that the decision to pick Rashid for the first Test at Edgbaston was “ridiculous” prompting the Bradford-born spinner to say that his comments were “stupid”.Michael Vaughan, Adil Rashid in bitter war of words over England selectionBacking Vaughan, Boycott said, “Michael Vaughan criticised him, so he hit out like a spoilt child saying Michael is stupid and nobody listens to him. Trashing a great England captain and superb batsman doesn’t go down well with the cricketing public.”I was kind of surprised: Adil Rashid reacts to England Test squad comeback”Let me tell Adil that Vaughan will be remembered as one of the greatest England captains and an elegant, superb batsman. In 10 years nobody will remember Adil’s Test-match performances. He has played 10 Test matches, taken 38 wickets at an average of 42.78 runs. He has been expensive and not a match-winner.Former England captains blast selectors for recalling Adil Rashid in Test squad”Someone close to him should tell him to keep his mouth shut and start bowling better. If he trashes me, like he trashed Vaughan, so be it but our cricketing public know which guys have played well for England and so far Rashid isn’t one of them.”The five-match Test series starts with the first game at the Edgbaston.Matured Adil Rashid is ready for Test cricket: Jonny Bairstow”England will be wise to approach his first Test with the same intensity they showed when having to win the third ODI at Headingley to beat India in this series.”Test matches tend to fluctuate. Sometimes they are on a knife edge and it is about character and mental toughness, so getting on top early helps all players gain confidence and allow people to relax and express themselves,” Boycott, who recently underwent a heart surgery, said.(With PTI inputs)last_img