Aim to Play For England as Long as Possible: Adil Rashid
Adil Rashid (© AFP)

England legspinner Adil Rashid is hoping to extend his international career for as long as possible and is targeting the next ODI World Cup, slated to held in 2023 in India.

Rashid has been dealing with a shoulder injury that has troubled him before the ODI World Cup last year that impacted his own performance as England went on to win their maiden title.

“My aim is to play for England as long as possible,” Rashid was quoted as saying by cricbuzz. “We don’t know how long that could be. Months, years, or whatever it is. I have a vision in terms of maybe achieving that, the 2023 World Cup. Another World Cup would be nice. That’s a long way away and a lot can happen in three years in terms of performance, injuries, people coming in and out, but that’s something that I would love to do again. If I stay fit, if my shoulder gets stronger then I can hopefully play for a long time.”

Rashid played the entirety of the world cup campaign without 100 per cent fitness but the fact that he was still considered by Eoin Morgan to be an important member of England’s plan speaks volumes of the value he brings along.

“The World Cup is the biggest event in cricket. I had a couple of injections in my shoulder [before last year’s tournament] and wasn’t 100% fit, but my mindset was wanting to play and help the team. Morgs has been top drawer for me. He knew the shoulder wasn’t great, but he kept backing me. I went in there with a strong mindset and did a decent job. That shows when I am 100 per cent, everything else will hopefully work out better,” the 32-year-old said.

With 145 wickets from 100 matches, Rashid is the fifth among the all-time leading wicket-takers for England in ODIs. Form and fitness willing, he will surely be looking to topple James Anderson’s from the ODI perch, who was 269 wickets in the format.

However, Rashid is unfazed whether he gets credit for performances and happy to fly under the radar. “In the sense of credit, I don’t really look for any credit or any praise from anybody so I’m not really fussed if people do praise me or don’t praise or if I go under the radar and I don’t get the credit I deserve,” he said. “As long as I know myself that I am giving 100 per cent and trying my best and as long as the captain, Morgs, knows as well…It doesn’t really bother me if I get the praise or I go under the radar,” he said.

Rashid also has plans to return to red-ball cricket but sees it as something which can be addressed later with his focus firmly on limited overs for the time being.

“That’s a long time away. We’ve got to see what happens next year. After the end of this year it’s about me sitting down and actually thinking about that decision again of playing red-ball or white-ball. If I don’t make that decision of playing red-ball and just sticking to white-ball then there’s no Ashes for me. But if I do make that decision and I play red-ball, and my shoulder allows it and I’m fully fit, then that’s something that I could look towards. But that’s something that I’ve got to earn. It’s all in the air at the moment in terms of red-ball,” he said.