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Adil Rashid almost missed out on England

England spinner Adil Rashid reveals how visit to earthquake-struck Kashmir helped him rediscover his perspective after shoulder injuries that almost cost him World Cup place

  • Adil Rashid visited his ancestral home of Kashmir following an earthquake
  • England spinner said the devastation helped him rediscover some perspective
  • Rashid almost missed the summer’s World Cup triumph with shoulder injury
  • He took two wickets in England’s first warm-up game of New Zealand tour 
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Adil Rashid has described how a trip to his ancestral home in earthquake-hit Kashmir helped him rediscover his perspective after a summer in which shoulder trouble almost ruled him out of the World Cup.

On Sunday in Lincoln, England’s leg-spinner played his first game since the momentous Lord’s final on July 14, taking two for 25 against a New Zealand Cricket XI and making good use of the googly rendered problematic by his injury.

And he admitted that without a pair of steroid injections before the World Cup, he would have missed the tournament altogether.

Adil Rashid almost missed out on England's successful World Cup with a shoulder injury

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Adil Rashid almost missed out on England’s successful World Cup with a shoulder injury

The spinner required steroid injections before the World Cup in order to make the tournament

The spinner required steroid injections before the World Cup in order to make the tournament

The spinner required steroid injections before the World Cup in order to make the tournament

Rashid’s rehabilitation period since then included a trip to his parents’ birthplace in Kashmir following a devastating earthquake on September 24 that killed 40 and injured another 850.

‘There was a lot of destruction and at the time I was doing my rehab, so it was the perfect opportunity for me to go and see what had happened, how bad the damage was and for me to give a helping hand,’ he said.

‘It does put things in perspective. That’s life and death. Our problems are playing a game we enjoy.

‘For me to hear about the news was upsetting, as it’s a place close to my heart. I’m sure it was upsetting for a lot of people from a Pakistani Kashmir background.’

Rashid (right) celebrates taking the wicket of Anton Devcich of a New Zealand XI during the first of England's warm-up games ahead of the Twenty20 series
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Rashid (right) celebrates taking the wicket of Anton Devcich of a New Zealand XI during the first of England's warm-up games ahead of the Twenty20 series

Rashid (right) celebrates taking the wicket of Anton Devcich of a New Zealand XI during the first of England’s warm-up games ahead of the Twenty20 series

Rashid has revealed how a visit to his ancestral home of Kashmir, which was struck by a devastating earthquake in September, put his injury troubles into perspective

Rashid has revealed how a visit to his ancestral home of Kashmir, which was struck by a devastating earthquake in September, put his injury troubles into perspective

Rashid has revealed how a visit to his ancestral home of Kashmir, which was struck by a devastating earthquake in September, put his injury troubles into perspective

England’s T20 schedule 

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Final warm-up match

Tuesday New Zealand XI (12am, Lincoln)

T20 series

Friday Game One (1am, Christchurch)

Sunday Game Two (1am, Wellington)

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November 5 Game Three (1am, Nelson)

November 8 Game Four (5am, Napier)

November 10 Game Five (1am, Auckland)

Rashid assisted Birmingham-based charity Islamic Relief while he was there. He told the BBC: ‘I helped them hand out kit and went round seeing the areas that were damaged.’

Having been the leading ODI wicket-taker between the 2015 and 2019 World Cups, Rashid was never at his best during the competition. He finished with 11 wickets at a modest 47, and cost 5.71 an over – more than any of his team-mates.

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But he insisted: ‘Even if my shoulder was falling off, I’d have been keen to play. I had to find a way. If I didn’t take the injection, I don’t reckon I would have played a part because it was actually that bad.’

The suggestion from the England camp is that he is still operating at only 85 per cent, though the wrong’un which lured the Tim Seifert to his doom on Sunday was good news for the tourists.

Rashid practises his bowling during an England net session in Lincoln over the weekend

Rashid practises his bowling during an England net session in Lincoln over the weekend

Rashid practises his bowling during an England net session in Lincoln over the weekend

Even so, Rashid admitted: ‘I’ve still not quite got my snap that I would like. Hopefully that will come as time goes on – maybe before the first T20.’

England are scheduled to play their second and final warm-up game in Lincoln, with the five-match series starting in Christchurch on Friday.