England turn to Rashid
Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid has been called up to England's World Cup squad as Michael Yardy's replacement.
Last Updated: 24/03/11 1:26pm
Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid has been called up to England's World Cup squad as a replacement for Michael Yardy.
Yardy was forced home from the tournament due to depression two days before England take on Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals in Colombo.
And the International Cricket Council have now given permission for Rashid to take Sussex all-rounder Yardy's place in the 15-man party.
The 23-year-old played the most recent of his five one-day internationals in November 2009 and will arrive in the subcontinent on Saturday from the second-string Lions' tour of West Indies.
It remains to be seen whether he will be in contention for the quarter-final, which starts in Colombo later the same day.
"We have been closely monitoring Adil's progress over the winter and he will have benefited from being part of the Lions tour in the Caribbean and his recent experience in Australia where he played a key role in helping the Redbacks win the Big Bash T20 competition.," said national selector Geoff Miller.
"His inclusion will provide us with a different option in our bowling attack and I am sure Adil will be delighted to be joining the squad at such a crucial juncture in this Cricket World Cup."
Yardy is the fourth England player to begin but not finish the World Cup - after Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen and Ajmal Shahzad all earlier succumbed to injury.
Eoin Morgan, Chris Tremlett and Jade Dernbach - and now Rashid - have joined as replacements.