Moxon bemoans Rashid treatment
Yorkshire boss Martyn Moxon is disappointed Adil Rashid played little on England's recent tour.
Last Updated: 09/04/09 8:38am
Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon is disappointed at England's decision to leave Adil Rashid out of the team for the one-day series against West Indies.
Rashid was named in England's Test and one-day touring party to the Caribbean - but the Yorkshire leg-spinner was limited to just three warm-up matches in 11 weeks.
Off-spinner Gareth Batty was preferred for the Twenty20 international and first three one-dayers and when Batty was dropped, England refused to turn to Rashid, instead playing an all-seam attack in the final two games in Barbados and St Lucia.
Moxon said: "It's not my decision, but yes, it would have been better for Adil to play than be sat on his backside for three months.
"But that decision was down to the England selectors and the tour management. I suppose he is a little short of match practice.
"Hopefully the weather will be good this week and he can get four days' play down at Lord's (for MCC against Durham). We have a couple of friendly games organised at Headingley next week so he can play in those as well."
Rashid is believed to have made progress on the West Indies tour working alongside the England spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed, himself a former leg-spinner for Pakistan and Sussex.
A barometer of Rashid's success will be his performance in three back-to-back matches against Durham in the next three weeks.
That sequence starts on Thursday, with Rashid named as frontline spinner in the MCC side in the traditional four-day curtain-raiser against the defending county champions.
The Bradford-born all-rounder struggled with his rhythm early last season, before blossoming to take 62 County Championship wickets, including a haul of seven for 163 at Hove which secured Yorkshire's place in Division One.
"Adil had a frustrating first half of the summer with his bowling," added Moxon.
"I think he was probably trying too hard. But certainly from mid-season he settled down and bowled very well.
"To get 62 wickets in the championship proved to be a big improvement and he was by far the leading wicket-taking spinner.
"All we can hope is that he improves year-on-year and eventually gets his chance with England."