London - England leg-spinner Adil Rashid has hit back at
Michael Vaughan after the former captain described his selection for the first
Test against India as "ridiculous".
Rashid was included in a 13-man squad even though he has
opted out of playing first-class County Championship cricket for Yorkshire this
His selection for next week's first Test on the back of his
one-day form has not gone down well with Vaughan, an ex-team-mate of Rashid's
for Yorkshire, who described his selection as "stab in the back for county
Writing in the Telegraph newspaper, he added: "It
basically says our county game, the finishing school for our cricketers, does
not matter anymore and that it is irrelevant."
Rashid, who won the last of his 10 Test caps in Chennai more
than 18 months ago, said Vaughan was "talking nonsense" and said his
opinions "did not matter to anybody".
"When I mentioned at the start of the year I will not
be playing red-ball cricket, he tweeted something then," he said in an
interview with the BBC. "He was being controversial and saying his stupid
things then too.
"I don't think he has an agenda against me. I played
under and with him but sometimes ex-players come out and start talking nonsense
about current players.
"There will be people out there who are not happy.
There will be haters, like the pundits who are saying it is a disgrace. That is
not my fault."
Vaughan could not resist another dig at Rashid on Friday,
tweeting: "I am stupid for wanting someone to prepare to play the No1 Test
team in the world by playing a 4 day game with the red ball."
Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur said the county were
"very surprised" by Rashid's recall.
The player responded by casting doubt on his future at
"If they treat me like they have done, don't see any
value in me and are disrespectful to me, I have to think about the future in
terms of which county I play for," said Rashid.
National selector Ed Smith has made it clear that in order
to be eligible for Test selection next year Rashid must return to the domestic