Rashid reveals 2023 World Cup ambition

LONDON (AFP) – Adil Rashid has said it would be “lovely” to play in the 2023 World Cup even though the leg-spinner will have turned 35 by the time England defend their title.

Persistent shoulder trouble has been a problem for Rashid, who needed pain-killing injections while helping England win their first men’s World Cup title on home soil last year.

Nevertheless, Rashid told reporters in a conference call last Saturday, “My aim is to play for England as long as possible.

“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 would be lovely.

“If I stay fit, if my shoulder gets stronger then I can hopefully play for a long time.”

The Yorkshireman was an ever-present during last year’s World Cup, although his 11 tournament wickets came at an expensive average of 47.81 apiece.

But even though he wasn’t fully fit, “top-drawer” England captain Eoin Morgan never lost faith in his leg-spinner.

“He knew the shoulder wasn’t great, but he kept backing me,” said Rashid.

“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.”

Rashid has, however, repeatedly taken important wickets, a quality he demonstrated again as he won the man-of-the-match award for a return of three for 52 against South Africa in Johannesburg in February that included Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock.