Boyd Rankin: Former Ireland and England fast bowler retires from international cricket

Ireland fast bowler Boyd Rankin on Friday announced retirement from international and inter-provincial cricket with immediate effect. The 36-year-old pacer, who played two World Cups with Ireland and as Ashes Test with England, played 3 Tests, 75 ODIs and 50 T20Is, in a career that spanned 18 years.

Boyd Ranking played 153 matches for Ireland between 2003 and 2020 in two stints, separated by a 3-year period playing for England during which time he made his Test debut in an Ashes Test against Australia in 2014. Ranking last played for Ireland in a T20I match against Afghanistan in Greater Noida in March 2020.

Ranking had several high points in his long career. He was part of Ireland’s win over Pakistan and Bangladesh in the 2007 World Cup and the famous win over England in the 2011 World Cup. Ranking also picked up Irelannd’s first Test wicket in their inaugural Test match against Pakistan in 2018, 4 years after he made his Test debut with England.

Rankin claimed 229 wickets at 23.39 apiece for Ireland finishing his career as the eighth highest Irish wicket-taker at the international level. He is one of only 15 players to in cricket history to represent two countries at Test cricket.

Rankin also had a flourishing career in the county championship as he played with several sides, including an an11-year stint at Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

Now is the right time to step away: Rankin

“To retire from international cricket is always a tough call, but I feel now is the right time to step away. I have put my heart and soul into playing cricket professionally since 2003 and have loved every minute of it. I never dreamt I would play for Ireland as much as I did and to travel the world playing in numerous World Cups and to pull on the Irish jersey is something I will never forget,” Ranking said, as quoted by Cricket Ireland.

“I always strived to be the best player I could be and to play at the highest level possible, so to make my Test debut for England during a time when Ireland wasn’t a Test-playing nation was a very proud moment. I will miss all the guys I played alongside the most and enjoying the wins we had along the way.”

Rankin said his best memories, include the World Cup match wins against Pakistan, Bangladesh and England and his first Test wicket against Pakistan for Ireland.

“My best memories and achievements that stick out for me would be the World Cup wins – in 2007 World Cup beating Pakistan and Bangladesh to put Irish cricket on the world map, and the 2011 win against England. Being part of the team to play Ireland’s first men’s Test match was a special moment, as well as taking Ireland’s first Test wicket,” Rankin added.

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