Darren Gough reacts to Adil Rashid only playing in the shorter formats

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For established modern-day cricketers, there has never been a better time to cash in on the riches that the shortest form of the game offers.

However, for some fringe players, they face a fascinating dilemma.

Do they chase the big dollars on the global 20/20 circuit or stay and build their career in the hopes of building an international Test career?

Adil Rashid announced this week that he would not be playing long-form county cricket for Yorkshire in 2018, instead focusing on the 50 and 20-over formats.

On the surface, it looks likes a pragmatic decision, but when you realise the leg-spinner is still not 30 and England's spinning options are far from flourishing, it seems likes an opportunity missed for Rashid.

Former English and Yorkshire fast bowler Darren Gough is certainly disappointed by Rashid's decision.

"I'm hugely disappointed in him, it's a ridiculous decision," Gough said on his talkSPORT podcast.

"If I were Yorkshire I would say 'off you go mate'. He's a leg-spinner and bats at six or seven and he's one of the reasons why they've won titles in the past. 

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"They're going to miss him now and it's too late to go out there and find another leg-spinner just like that - it's a special art.

"They've already made their overseas picks with Williamson and Pujara. They might have had a totally different pick."

Rashid has played 10 tests and 59 one day matches for his country and while T20 grows, there is growing concern among cricketing circles about the burnout factor due to a ever increasing calendar.

Just take England, for example.

A gruelling travel load during the five-test Ashes series was followed by a five-match one-day series, followed by a trans-Tasman 20/20 series involving Australia and New Zealand.

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If that wasn't enough, the English team have a one-day and Test series against the Kiwis coming up, stretching from late February to early April.

England coach Trevor Bayliss has aired his concerns and suggested international T20s be scrapped.

"Scrapping T20 internationals is my personal opinion.

"I am not the only one either, other guys talk about it as well.

"The way we are heading you are almost forcing players to make a decision as Rashid did to go one way or the other.

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"If you play every form of the game - we have a few guys who do that - there is no way you can play every game.

"Your career would be three or four years long and that would be it.”

It is not just the players who fell the strain, though, as Bayliss admitted that he has had less than a handful of days off since the tourists landed in Australia in late October.

With more and more cricket coming onto the calendar, authorities have to be very careful that burnout does not become a epidemic.

Time will tell if Rashid returns to the longest form of the game.

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