Ireland Fast-Bowler Boyd Rankin Announces Retirement
Boyd Rankin, the Ireland pace bowler, has declared his retirement from international and inter-provincial cricket.
Rankin is one of only 15 players in Test cricket history to have played for two countries at the very young age he also made his international debut for Ireland in 2003.
Ashes Test Against Australia in 2014
Between 2003 and 2020, he appeared 153 times for Ireland in two periods, separated by a three-year tenure with England, during which he made his Test debut in an Ashes Test against Australia in 2014.
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Boyd Rankin Statements While Announcing His Retirement
“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,” said Rankin
“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 it was 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 was not 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,” the former pacer added.
Value To His National Side
With 30 and 47 wickets respectively, his two most fruitful wicket-taking seasons were 2018 and2019, demonstrating his continued value to his national side in recent years.
“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 explained
Perhaps his most memorable wicket came against Pakistan in Malahide in2018, when he took the first-ever wicket for Ireland in men’s Test cricket.