Adil Rashid's controversial selection for the upcoming Test against India has plunged his club career with Yorkshire into further doubt but former England great Sir Ian Botham has offered a lifeline to the leg-spinner by inviting him to join Durham.
Rashid had refused to represent his county in first-class cricket this season as he concentrated on the white ball formats of the game and his shock inclusion in the English Test squad has angered the Yorkshire club who now cannot call on his services for their T20 campaign.
The 30-year-old has played 10 Tests for England and while a bowling average of 42 may have disappointed some, his scintillating form for his country this summer in the shorter formats of the game has led to a dramatic recall to the Test arena.
Chairman of selectors Ed Smith was aware the decision to select someone who refused to play on the county circuit would cause a furore but desperately wanted his leg spinning skills to help combat the impressive Indian batting line up.
The fallout from the decision has indeed caused quite a storm but English cricket legend Botham has little sympathy for Yorkshire and is more than willing to take Rashid off their hands.
"We will see what he does but we will definitely talk to him, of course we will," Botham said of the 30-year-old's future, per The Mail.
"It is very competitive out there and everyone wants to get out of the second division. We won't do it this year but we'll do it next year with the way we are going and the way we are restructuring.
"We need to make it a side that people like Adil Rashid will look at and say, 'It is only up the road and I can see where they are going and I would happily go there.'
"We have got to make ourselves attractive to guys like Adil Rashid.
"It is very hard to have much sympathy for Yorkshire," Botham added. "I have lost players — we have lost five key players at Durham — who have been poached around the north. I say poached and I stick by it.
"I have seen some pretty ridiculous stuff written over the last couple of days and I am very much on Adil's side. I find it quite bizarre. Adil wanted to play white-ball cricket, he has bowled exceptionally well and in the last two series he played in Test cricket he bowled very well."
It has certainly been a turbulent week in the life of the leg-spinner and as he looks forward to the challenge of outwitting the Indians at Edgbaston next week, he will certainly take comfort in the knowledge that he has the full support of one of the greats of the game.