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Rashid the one to blame - Boycott

Myles Hodgson

May 30, 2012

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Adil Rashid bowls in Kent's first innings, Yoskhire v Kent, Headingley, April, 5, 2012
Adil Rashid was dropped for the first time in his career © Getty Images
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Geoffrey Boycott, Yorkshire's new president, has risked alienating another British-born Asian player from the club by urging Adil Rashid to take responsibility for his own actions after being dropped for the first time in his county career.

Boycott has revealed the growing frustration at Rashid's performances, which have earned just nine wickets from six championship appearances this summer. His comments come just weeks after Ajmal Shahzad became so disillusioned at Yorkshire that he was released from his contract and joined Lancashire on loan until the end of the season.

Rashid's poor form prompted Yorkshire to omit him from their County Championship match against Northamptonshire at Headingley. It is the first time since he established himself in the side over five years ago that Rashid has been dropped and gave an opportunity for Azeem Rafiq, Yorkshire's emerging young offspinner, to make his first championship appearance for Yorkshire since 2010.

"He's never progressed, that's the sad part," Boycott said, speaking at the opening of Yorkshire's new club shop. "I think there are a lot of people in English cricket who wanted to have a legspinner playing for England but it's not about the type of bowling, it's the quality of bowling.

"You can't just pick people because they're legspinners. You have to pick the quality, that's what the England selectors are doing now. The kid may be able to bowl legspin, but you've got to drop it on a length to cause problems for a batsman and you can't be too expensive. Otherwise, the scoreboard rockets around and you can't control the game in the field."

Instead of meeting up with Yorkshire's first team, Rashid was sent to in a second team Twenty20 match in Bradford yesterday, which represents a stunning fall from grace for a player once regarded as a future England Test bowler and was included in their squad to tour India in 2008.

After an overhaul of their coaching structure, Yorkshire had high hopes for Rashid this summer and Jason Gillespie had encouraged him to be more attacking in his bowling following his appointment as head coach.

Rashid, though, has made little improvement from last season, where he had again fostered optimism by his part in South Australia's triumph in the Big Bash League. He began impressively with 11 wickets at Worcester but finished the summer with 39 wickets from 16 matches. It has prompted obvious questions about why his career and development has stalled.

"I don't think he has been mis-managed," Boycott explained. "It's easy to blame other people isn't it? You can always say, you didn't pick me enough or it's the coaches fault or you picked me too soon for England. You can throw out all the things you want, but in the end, it's up to you.

"You have to remember that cricket is an individual game within the framework of a team. When you're out batting, there's nobody on the end of a phone telling you how to play, you know. You've got to do some thinking yourself.

"You can help people but I'm not a great believer in the culture of blaming others. I don't believe in that culture. We have too much of that in England. Why not take responsibility yourself. Put your hand up and say 'hey, it's up to me, nobody else'."

Boycott had more encouragement for Jonny Bairstow, whose innings at Trent Bridge during a hostile spell from West Indies' fast bowler Kemar Roach has prompted many commentators to claim he has a weakness against the short ball.

"I don't think he's got a weakness - he's had one innings, so it's unwarranted," Boycott insisted. "I think he's very talented, but he's just a young kid and he's got a lot to learn. He knows that as well, he's not ahead of himself and he's quite clear about what he has to do. We've all had hiccups and problems but he's a young kid and to label him as having problems after one knock is grossly unfair."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

I think Rashid will take on board the criticism and come back a better player, he scored 49 and took 3/16 so a run in the seconds should hopefully regain his form as I think he has a future with England it is just a case of how badly he wants it. Everyone has dips in form it is just unfortunate his batting dip and bowling dip came at the same time hope to see him back in first team action soon through good performances in the seconds.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

What on earth is Boycott talking about! I have seen no evidence as to Rashid's refusal to take responsibility for his failures. This sort of response from the position that he is in, will just alienate Rashid. Boycott is a good cricket person but as a mentor and a communicator, well below par. Good luck to Rashid and Yorkshire.

Posted by big_al_81 on (May 31, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

@PACERONE would you be so good as to let us know which international attacks you scored your boundaries against? We can then check it out on Statsguru and make our own judgement about the quality of the bowling against which you were hooking in your day.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

I think people are being far too quick to slate Bairstow; he got out to some top-quality fast bowling from a man who's roughed up the likes of Jacques Kallis and Ricky Ponting in the past. If he was to be dropped, who would bat in his place? Taylor's equally young and raw; Compton has been prolific this season but has had a few unremarkable ones prior to that; Morgan and Bopara were both completely out of their depth in test cricket. Bairstow impressed me at HQ, and I'd like to see the selectors persist with him.

Posted by jb633 on (May 31, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

I used to play a lot of cricket with Adil when we were growing up and I can't imagine that the lack of form will be due to lack of effort. Most probably he is finding it tough to come to terms with the terrible early season conditions. I think with the introduction of DRS leg spin as an art may begin to decline as finger spinners have come back into the game massivley with LBW's. Rashid's big problem is that he is not a huge spinner of the ball and with his lack of height, he relies upon flight to take his wickets. If you watch most good spinners at the moment (Ajmal, Narine, Rehman, Monty, Swann) they do not bowl as slowly as Rashid. I think batsmen have become better at playing slow spinners (better bats, smaller boundaries) but the quicker spinners are now getting heaps of LBW's, trapping the batsmen with the straight on ball. I don't feel Rashid can actually bowl quicker though as being so short it will force him to bowl to short. He faces a difficult conundrum.

Posted by stuartk319 on (May 31, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Problem is a 20 year old leggie takes some wickets and everyone hopes he is the next Shane Warne. Ian Salisbury did nicely to at least have a solid county career and look what happened to Chris Schofield under this crazy level of expectation. Graeme Swann responded to his kick in the pants by England and was allowed to gradually develop by Northants and then Notts; surely this is a better model to follow.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Rashid was always rated higher than his capability. He got wickets because he was a leggie - and championship batsmen can't play leggies. Rashid went to the T20 WC and got hammered by international batsmen who knew how to play him easily. We get carried away by leggies, and the fact he bats a bit, merely enhanced the hype.

But there is time. He's 24. He needs a good mentor and guide - and that will probably come away from Yorkshire.

Posted by mazhar1 on (May 31, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

why is Boycott laying into Rashid, i have not read or heard Rashid blame anybody! he is out of form , and his employers have decided to drop him! where's the drama?

And as a young player when your confidence is down , the last thing you need is your president laying into with out reason! no wonder Shazad left!

Posted by 200ondebut on (May 31, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

It's a shame Adil hasn't kicked on. Boycs is right though - he has to take responsibility for his own actions. That said there does seem to be a growing problem between Yorkshire management and the playes - it seems that they are struggling to get the best out of players. It may be best for him to move on.

Posted by barrick on (May 31, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Back on the main story, this seems absolutely the right decision to me. It necessarily the end of his career; Adam Lyth has just returned after a long spell in 2nd XI cricket.

It is true that the pitches haven't helped in the first games of this season, but this is something that has been evident for over a year now. Given the time spent trying a more subtle approach with Shahzad, I'd be surprised if there hadn't been similar efforts with Adil over the same time, without real results.

Two innings (I'm not counting 3 balls in the 2nd innings at Lord's) is not long enough to judge Bairstow; 12 months is long enough with regard Rashid to my mind.

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