England and Yorkshire spinner Adil Rashid is set to miss the rest of this season in order to rehabilitate a chronic shoulder problem.
The 31-year-old had to manage the problem carefully during England’s successful World Cup campaign earlier this summer but underwent a scan on Tuesday which revealed he now needs a period of rest.
Rashid says he is disappointed he will not get to play for Yorkshire again this season but says the decision has been taken with a long-term view.
“The aim was to come back after the World Cup and play for Yorkshire,” Rashid told Yorkshireccc.com.
“I enjoy playing for Yorkshire, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I’ve had a shoulder problem for a little while and I got through the World Cup with an injection. Obviously, as time has gone on the injection has worn out and, after the World Cup, I started feeling a bit of a pinch in my shoulder.
“These things can happen and fortunately it hasn’t happened to me earlier than it has. I’ve played 13-14 years of professional cricket and this is the first time I’ve suffered an injury to my shoulder.
“I’m very confident, after being ruled out for the rest of the season, that I can get myself fully fit before we go away in the winter. I’ve got two months now to get myself fully fit and it’s as simple as that.”
Rashid hopes to be back in action by the time England head off on their tour of New Zealand this October, with five Twenty20 internationals and two Test matches against the Black Caps scheduled.
“I think it was important that we bounced back strongly after Edgbaston and I think we’ve certainly done that.”
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“I need more time to think, that’s the honest answer. It’s a big decision, it’s a big commitment.”