Colombo, March 24 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday confirmed all-rounder Adil Rashid as a replacement for Michael Yardy in England’s World Cup squad, ahead of their World Cup quarterfinal clash against Sri Lanka here Saturday.
Yardy was withdrawn from the England squad suffering from depression and has consequently returned home.
“The ICC’s Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 has approved Adil Rashid as a replacement player for Michael Yardy in the England squad for the tournament,” said an ICC release.
“The confirmation was conveyed to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on behalf of the committee on Thursday.”
Yardy becomes the fifth player to be replaced in England’s squad, although Eoin Morgan subsequently returned as a replacement for the injured Kevin Pietersen.
Rashid, a leg-break spinner with Yorkshire, has represented England in five ODIs, claiming three wickets, and has also represented England in five Twenty20 Internationals. The 23-year-old from Bradford has 241 first-class wickets to his name and has recently been touring the Caribbean with the England Lions. He is scheduled to arrive in Colombo Saturday.