[caption id="attachment_688069" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-688069" alt="Adil Rashid Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Adil-Rashid.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Adil Rashid Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england" target="_blank">England</a>'s leg-spinner, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Adil-Rashid" target="_blank">Adil Rashid</a>'s decision to skip red-ball cricket has hogged limelight for a while now. In addition, teammate Alex Hales followed suit. It is not an unknown fact that England are gearing up for the 2019 World Cup, at home, and their limited-overs specialists want to concentrate on shorter formats. Rashid recently opened up on his decision to skip 'county encounters', and clarified that it is not a 'permanent thing'. <p></p> <p></p>Speaking to <em>The Telegraph</em>, Rashid told, "It s something that I ve thought about and felt I had to do, and has been inside me for a little while. Last year, playing red-ball cricket for Yorkshire, my thought was that if I wasn t giving 100 per cent then I would be letting the team down and also myself down. It was a decision made purely because of how I felt playing red-ball cricket at this time. My mind s not there, my heart s not there, I m letting the team down but also myself down. I had to get it off my chest and let Yorkshire know." <p></p> <p></p><em>Note:</em> Rashid accounted for only 10 scalps at 50 for Yorkshire one of his worst season after a highly-acclaimed County debut in 2006. <p></p> <p></p>Sharing his discussion with Yorkshire director of cricket, Martyn Moxon, Rashid said, "Martyn is very good in that sense. We had a chat, and he was disappointed that I made this decision, but he also respects it. He s happy that I told him now rather than maybe a week before the season, that would have been a tough situation for him. He took it well and is happy that I told him." <p></p> <p></p>However, before people jump into conclusions, Rashid's decision to ignore county games is not a permanent one. He clarified, "Like I said before, it s not a permanent thing. It s for this season, to see how it goes, how it unfolds and what happens. See what my mind says and what my heart feels. If it changes I could be going back to red-ball cricket next season. That s a long way away, and a lot can change. At this moment in time I m very content with what I m doing." <p></p> <p></p><strong>Logical thinking?</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Rashid explained that it wasn't fruitful to appear for the county games when there won't be much help for the spinners; bowling on slow pitches in cold weather. "That was a big part of it. Early season, I may not bowl much. A couple of overs here and there. Doing that, I wouldn t get my rhythm two overs before lunch, a few overs before tea. That wouldn t help my confidence. At that stage, I d just be going through the motions," he opined. <p></p> <p></p>With England heading into the right direction ahead of World Cup, their next ODI assignment will be against daunting hosts, New Zealand. Having toppled Australia 1-4 in their home turf, England would be confident. However, they cannot take New Zealand lightly at any point. "I think they re a very good outfit. I think Kane Williamson is leading them very well. They re a very talented team. They proved it during the ODI series against Pakistan which they won 5-0. This coming series is not going to be easy for us. If us lot play to our potential, we ll do well," concluded Rashid.