Ireland pacer Boyd Rankin retires from international and inter-provincial cricket

Ireland pacer Boyd Rankin retires from international and inter-provincial cricket
Ireland pacer Boyd Rankin retires from international and inter-provincial cricket

Ireland pacer Boyd Rankin retires from international and inter-provincial cricket- Almost 18 years after Boyd Rankin’s debut for Ireland, the legendary 6’8” paceman – who is one of only 15 players to in cricket history to represent two countries at Test cricket – has announced his retirement from international and inter-provincial cricket immediately.

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Ireland pacer Boyd Rankin retires from international and inter-provincial cricket- The 36-year old seamer made his international debut for Ireland in 2003 at the age of 19 against the Free Foresters. Boyd Rankin went on to play 153 times for Ireland between 2003 and 2020 in two stints, separated by a three-year period playing for England during which time he made his Test debut in an Ashes Test against Australia in 2014. 

Renowned for the natural bounce he could extract out of any pitch, and ability to swing the ball both ways, Boyd Rankin claimed 229 wickets at 23.39 apiece for Ireland – finishing his career as the eighth highest Irish wicket-taker at international level. His two most productive wicket-taking seasons were 2018 and 2019 with 30 and 47 wickets respectively, showing his enduring value to his national side over recent campaigns.

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Amongst his wickets, perhaps his most memorable scalp was in 2018 when he claimed the first-ever wicket for Ireland in men’s Test cricket at Malahide against Pakistan. However, equally up in the career highlights were also the three wickets he claimed against the same opponents at the 2007 Cricket World Cup as part of that seminal Irish victory.

Ireland pacer Boyd Rankin retires from international and inter-provincial cricket- Announcing his decision, Boyd Rankin said:

“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. To have also a long career in county cricket especially during my 11-year stint with Warwickshire where we won the County Championship, 50-over competition twice and the T20 Blast in 2014 was very special and something I am very grateful for. 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 also had a successful 15-year career in English county cricket playing with several sides, but most notably an 11-year stint at Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

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