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Rankin set to retire for Ireland

Ger Siggins

August 8, 2012

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Boyd Rankin had Eoin Morgan caught down the leg side, ICC Combined XI v England XI, Dubai, 3rd day, January 9, 2012
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Ireland fast bowler Boyd Rankin has announced he will retire from international cricket at the end of the year as he bids to play Test cricket with England. He is the third leading Irish player to do so, following Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan.

Rankin, 28, from Co Derry, has played 79 times for Ireland and was a star of the 2007 and 2011 World Cups. "There's been lots of sleepless nights recently," he told ESPNcricinfo. "It was a very difficult decision, but I will be retiring from playing cricket for Ireland after the World Twenty20, as I feel I can't continue to play the amount of cricket I have been playing with Warwickshire, England Lions and Ireland over the last few years.

"I have genuine ambitions of playing Test cricket and I have to give myself the best chance to do that by reducing my workloads as a fast bowler and concentrating on playing cricket for Warwickshire."

Rankin's contract with Cricket Ireland expires at the end of December, so he is available for selection for the World Twenty20, which starts in Sri Lanka in September. The Cricket Ireland selectors meet this weekend to finalise the squad, which will be announced next week.

Rankin has signed a new three-year deal with English county Warwickshire - whose director of cricket is England selector Ashley Giles - and it is understood that the county put pressure on the 6'8" bowler to retire from international cricket with Ireland. He had returned from Ireland's World Twenty20 qualifier in March with a stress injury to his foot which has ruled him out of his county's season until mid-July.

Giles complained in March: "It's extremely frustrating that we've lost Boyd to this kind of injury. But he has had an extremely large workload over recent months. We will need to manage this to ensure that it doesn't become a regular occurrence."

Previously, Rankin had played for England A in 2011, and was in the touring party to Bangladesh this January before, again, having to return home with injury.

"I've decided to retire for several reasons, and among them is a need to reduce my workload," Rankin said. "Something had to give and unfortunately it had to be Ireland.

"It has become increasingly difficult to play for three different sides throughout the year as it leaves me with little time for rest and recovery."

Rankin has taken 110 wickets for Ireland. First capped as a teenager in 2003, he came into prominence during the 2007 World Cup where he was Ireland's leading wicket-taker. His height meant he could achieve steepling bounce and among his 12 victims were Younis Khan, Michael Vaughan, Ed Joyce, Stephen Fleming, Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers.

Previously with Middlesex and Derbyshire, Rankin joined Warwickshire in 2008 and has taken 128 wickets for the county in 41 first-class matches. In 2011 he claimed 55 scalps, leading to his promotion to the England Performance Programme.

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Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

I think it is a mistake as I don't think he will have a realistic chance of playing test cricket for England he should retire from England A.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

@Gowreesan Packiyanathan...I don't think you know much about Cricket and the way it works by suggesting Bangladesh should be stripped and replaced by a country that has no passion for Cricket and won't benefit the ICC I mean do you really think the ICC will do that? I agree Bangladesh Test Cricket is pathetic and both the BCB and ICC are responsible for that why not include Ireland to join the elite along with Zimbabwe, Bangladesh etc so that there will be more competition or are you just wary that these teams may uprise your team one day and therefore you need fewer teams so you can stay on top? People like you make Cricket boring so please come up with something more sensible or use reasonable logic. This is not about you or me but about the great game of Cricket and what it really needs to succeed.

Posted by Meety on (August 10, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

@satish619chandar - I don't like Rankin retiring from Irish cricket, but the poor guy is just trying to maximise his sporting talents for money. It is totally understandable. Irish cricket is not professional enough (financially or domestically structured) to give him a professional future in cricket. It is far worse for a player in a test nation move away to another test nation. Even that is not too bad, when it is say Oz to NZ.

Posted by Meety on (August 10, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

@ getsetgopk - agreed, can't recall if the WIndies had any series to play whilst the BBL was on, but they definately did during the IPL. Also the relative contracts for either League would suggest the IPL would lure players away rather than BBL!

Posted by Meety on (August 10, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

@satish619chandar - a player can play for any country he wants to as long as a) the country wants him & b) he qualifies. The qualification can be fast tracked if you have heritage links (IF Bollinger had Indian parents), but since he has played for Oz in the last couple of years, he would have to wait either 4 or 5 yrs AFTER his last International match to change. IF say Alistair McDermott from QLD, moved to Mumbai (or any other Indian city/town), he would only have to reside 1/2 the year for 4 (or 5?) years to qualify. For an example, see Wagner the Saffa born & bred player playing for NZ! Technically, there is no such thing as "poaching" in cricket, but there can be enticements. The IPL doesn't tell its overseas stars to give up playing for their country for 2 reasons 1) lose a bit of marketability 2) don't have to - as money talks & players in less financial cricket countries make that decision themselves!

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 10, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

One correction.. Retiring from Ireland to Eplay test cricket for England is worse than requesting two weeks off to play in T20 leagues.. Anyways, KP is going to be committed to play for England for the rest period.. @getsetgopk : If you mention going after BBL or IPL money is same, then never mention "For IPL money" in your comments and divert it to one single tournament.. Rather put it as T20 leagues which will stay even..

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

hehe so there is a new prospect for SA second XI. Rankin!!

Perhaps the ECB could look towards Afganistan. SA IRELAND and AFGAN, could make a good team for ECB.

Posted by getsetgopk on (August 10, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

@satish619chandar: As usual you dont make much sense, would you be ok if Tendulkar takes a retirement for one month from international cricket to play in some domestic league. Will the BCCI stick with this sort of an arrangement? I highly doubt it. Tendulkar playing in some foreign cricket league while his home team is playing against an international side? Thats what Gayle, Bravo and some other actually did, WI was playing international cricket while these gentlemen were making money in IPL and now KP wants to do that but I dont think ECB will let that happen and frankly BCCI wont let that happen either its just that IPL is BCCI's own league and India dont play international cricket while they are at IPL but the catch for you guys is that while all your focus is on IPL, you national side got thrashed around in test cricket.

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 10, 2012, 2:34 GMT)

@landl47 : Playing in county can be equated to what you u say but England Lions is the "England A" team which has most of the future replacements.. Don't try to bluff by saying anyone could get game in England lions.. @getsetgopk : You misunderstood what i said but still you can refer @love_4_the_game's post.. The rejection of contract happened at the time of BBL from Gayle, Bravo and co.. They just ask for a couple of weeks break to earn money.. If the boards are so much concerned, they should hold their players well. Even Pakistan board did it amking their players playing for country when BPL was happening.. In fact, they are the most hurt guys as they don't even have IPL contracts.. If a terribly hurt PCB can hold their players, why not other boards.. We have seen how bad SA board was when their players signed on Kolpak deals at a spree and now freed Alviro and Rudolph.. Retiring from your home is as equal as getting two weeks off..

Posted by AKS286 on (August 9, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

its simple huge loss for Irish cricket. no love for their motherland is this a professionalism? if yes then its totally rubbish.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

@love_4_the_game haha i think you are kidding when you ask getsetgopk for his country,am sure you know it,if not there are two very prominent clues:one in this way of thinking and the other in his username :)

Posted by FM97 on (August 9, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

Rankin is just 28 and he wants to retire ?? why ?? He is one of the best fast bowlers who has never played test cricket and he has had a memorable career for Ireland.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

ICC should cancel Bangladesh test status and give a chance for Ireland. I don't know why some bangladesh supporters are comparing their team with srilanka in 1990's, srilanka team had Sanath, Arjuna, Aravinda, Mahanama, Murali, Vaas and our little Kalu, can you even compare these players with Bangladesh players?

Posted by love_4_the_game on (August 9, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

@getsetgopk i dono which country u belong to, but as an individual always country comes first. Bravo, pollard nd co, dint leave West Indies completely and came to india. they jus came here for playing for jus 2 months . unlike Rankin, Morgan who is willing to leave thr home completely. shame on these guys

Posted by love_4_the_game on (August 9, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

its really shame. he is lettin his own country down from his decision. England shud stop allowing players migrating from other countries. the only reason England allowing this i guess they don have a good bench strength. Rankin we the lovers of cricket are really ashamed of u from ur decision. hope u have a disastrous t 20 world cup so tat even england may not opt for u

Posted by getsetgopk on (August 9, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

@satish619chandar: your saying Gayle, Bravo, KP, polard and string of other players rejected their national contracts for BBL and not for IPL? I mean seriously is that your argument? But for the sake of arguments lets say they were after BBL's money and not the IPL's money (which is non sensical in itself), what difference does it make? They still turned down their national contracts and I didn't see you whine about it back then so whats the fuss this time around? You being an Indian somehow think that playing for BBL or IPL is ok but if someone plays for England is not? Its all the same, you just have to look at it with both your eyes open. Boyd's action is commendable given that he wanted to play test cricket which is real cricket where as these T20 giggles around the world are pretty meaningless in cricketing terms.

Posted by landl47 on (August 9, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

@satish619chandar: England Lions is not a side playing international matches sanctioned by the ICC (unlike, say, the under-19 World Cup). The selectors of the side can choose whoever they want to play for the Lions- if they wanted to do so, and if he wanted to play, they could choose Tendulkar. The Lions are used as a testing ground for promising players, but representing the Lions is not dependent on eligibility to play for England, nor does it stop Rankin from playing for Ireland. @Meety: I guess if the 'Pietersen principle' becomes standard and England loses half a dozen seamers to the IPL, then Rankin might play for England! However, I'd be surprised if he displaced any of the current crop of England seamers and there are a lot of good young bowlers coming up. Had he made this decision 5 years ago, he might have had a shot, but I think he's left it too late. Dockrell is another matter and it will be interesting to see what he does now.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

well done Rankin !! hats off to such madness btw Ireland don't need u. Ireland have good option to replace you. come on CI cancelled his contract right now nd no need to select him again. Ireland planning to start their own first class domestics circuit. btw Ireland already did enough to deserve test status. Bangladesh also get test status without having FC system in place so having FC system or not having FC system is not the fair excuse to destroy Irish dream as test country. all players in current Irish team are home grown (1 or 2 exception) BTW in current playing squad England have more expact than Ireland :P

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 9, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

@landl47 : Why is Rankin in England Lions when he is still playing for Ireland at international stage?

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 9, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

@getsetgopk : Gayle never rejected series to play IPL.. In fact, Gayl, Bravo and Pollard rejected contracts and played for BBL.. It is upto the boards to hold the players and represent them.. No IPL franchise is going to beg a player to play for them dumping home team.. Plus, they have 10 overseas players in to chose from.. DD played without KP.. The issue, is Rankin chose to dump his home nation for representing other nation.. First of all, why is Rankin in England Lions squad even when he is still a Irish international player? Will you be quiet if Bollinger or a couple of tearaway fast bowlers migrate and represent India in tests? That would make India a complete team and world beaters if they can gain a tearaway pace attack.. Pouching is actually illegal..

Posted by Meety on (August 9, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

@landl47 - I agree with what you said - except I do believe that Rankin is in consideration for a Test birth, he has racked up Lions games & would be on the short list, whether he gets the opportunity or not is unknown.

Posted by Meety on (August 9, 2012, 2:48 GMT)

@the_wallster - world cricket can be IMPROVED numerous ways by Rankin playing for Ireland. I understand accept the reasons why he is doing what he is doing, HOWEVER, should he play on with Ireland, they'll win more Intercontinental matches, win more ODIs & T20s & present a case that demands Test inclusion - which is not that far away from happenning. Ireland have had a boost in grants, they'll have an FC structure next year, they are currently better equipped than Bangladesh were & questionably stronger than Zimbabwe are now. Half of Ireland's team is well represented in County cricket - they will compete well if given the opportunity & NEED Rankin & Dockrell playing. Ireland get's promoted, then that gives opportunity for Afghanistan to be the next cab off the rank!

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 1:42 GMT)

Well I look forward to supporting him in the English test team. The fault here is with the ICC not Boyd, I thank him for his service and wish him well. His inclusion in an England test team will strengthen our case for becoming a test nation and should that ever occur I know that he will be the first to call the ICC and ask if he can represent us. Boyd is a proud Irishman and aspires to play at the pinnacle of cricket, one day soon I hope those desires coincide in wearing the Shamrock on his whites in a test at Malahide or Stormont, against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe - anyone think we are not worthy of those games?

In the meantime ICC we will give up another talent, I hope you are watching, we have laid forth a plan for test status, support it or propose another, but give us a plan so we dont lose Stirling, Dockrell and other Irish under 21's that are already making names for themselves in County cricket. The world is watching - dont fail Ireland and global cricket ... give us a test plan

Posted by k4zz on (August 8, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

Wouldn't say its a good decision, as I can't see him being picked for the test squad, when the likes of Finn is not even in the first choice 11 then I can't see him in the squad. Most likely he will probably get a few odi or t20 games and that will then make it unlikely for him to return to play for ireland Ireland with the 4 year wait. But you can't blame if he can make it then good on him, no else can judge. Cricket needs to expand, don't no way ICC is doing.

Posted by threeslipsandagully on (August 8, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

I can't see Rankin playing for England much, if at all; there are about a dozen English bowlers ahead of him in the England pecking order. Tremendous shame for Ireland though, they'll struggle to replace him. Occurrences like this are proof that the ICC needs to do more to promote cricket in the associate nations.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (August 8, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

Its not Engs fault he has decided not to make himself available for Ire anymore. He makes more money playing for Warwickshire and I guess by not making himself available for Ire he will be able to stay fitter and sharper to give himself more of a shot at getting picked for the test side. I think its very doubtful he will ever make play a test. He is already 28 which means he only has a couple of yrs to get in and with the likes of Finn, Onions, Woakes and Meaker ahead of him its tough to see how he will get a chance. The likes of Amjad Khan & Darren Pattinson did both win a cap 3 yrs ago so you never know but I guess Eng fast bowling resources are a lot stronger now than then when the likes of Hoggard, Flintoff & Harmison were all coming toward the end of their test careers.

Posted by fataquie on (August 8, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

Half the English side is either Irish or South African! Why not allow Test cricket for Ireland so that they can continue to develop instead of being hard nosed and influencing budding Irish cricketers to play for England? All countries including New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and now Bangladesh had a few tough years at the beginning but then they began to be good at it (at least somewhat for most of them). I would love to see Ireland get full status!

Posted by landl47 on (August 8, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

The stupidity of some of the comments on here is mind-boggling. England picks players that are available and qualified to play for England. They don't offer incentives for players to leave other countries. They CAN'T refuse to consider players on grounds of race or ethnic origin- a moment's thought will tell you why. Every player who plays for England has chosen to make himself available for selection. Rankin, as a citizen of a European nation, has a right to seek employment in ANY European nation. Personally, I think his decision isn't very wise, because I don't think he's anywhere close to test selection for England, but it's his choice. Blame the ICC for not granting Ireland test status or blame Rankin for turning his back on Ireland, but don't blame England- England has absolutely zero choice in the matter.

Posted by Mad_for_Shakib on (August 8, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

just a shameless decision...

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Cricket needs to grow. ICC needs to do a better job of growing cricket to beyond the 10 countries. A lot of talented cricketers are missing out of International performances because of ICCs nearsightedness. Ryan Ten Doeschate is another fine player who will probably never play a test match.

Posted by essky on (August 8, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

@the_wallister. Agreed. Then why not give Ireland Test status? Tell them from September 2013, once they organize their league before that, they will be included. ICC is not squeaky clean and trustworthy as they try to make it out to be. So it is quite risky to invest in a perhaps, when the decision makers will likely refuse them on a whim. I'm sure many will line up to play them home, help get accustomed to English conditions (are they similar?) against modest opposition. They'll improve fast i think. When Bangladesh got it Gordon Greenidge their coach spoke up against it, how quickly they got it because they were not ready, I agreed because I didn't even know Bangladesh played cricket. Right now Ireland is as much a name as Bangladesh and they do not have Test Status. What is the hold back? True Bangladesh was a mistake, Kenya was also a mistake. Why repeat the Kenya mistake with Ireland? Will all countries interested in Test status be forced to invest heavily or go the way of Kenya?

Posted by getsetgopk on (August 8, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

some of the India fans on here are quite funny and lost to be honest, where were they when Gayle decided to reject WICB's contract for playing in IPL? or when the whole of the NZ team next year might choose to play in IPL instead of playing against England, KP, Daniel Vetori, Ryder and many other WI players have gone that route, if the guy in question wants to play Test cricket for the love of it or for the money of it, is not that different from players choosing to play for IPL so stop whining.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

Can someone find the link of BCCI or India in this case?

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

He will never make it to the England's test side. England will ensure that he never gets to play for Ireland again by playing him in 1 or 2 T20 matches.

Posted by frozendilemma on (August 8, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

Well I feel for Ireland because even when he was playing with team he was never fully committed to them and often got injured due to his county stints and then the Eng Lions stint...Imagine a fully fit 100% committed Rankin for Ireland could have done wonders for them but at the same time the importance of money in this day and age cannot be overlooked...At least he played 100 plus games with Ireland and the guys bashing Rankin would`ve left Ireland a long time ago to pursue money while playing for England...Anybody who needs to be bashed is the Warwickshire county to put him in this position and of-course the incompetent OverLords of the ICC...Thanks ICC for keeping Cricket to a small club level instead of expanding it to broader countries....

Posted by Nervewrecker on (August 8, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Another one bites the dust. I had some genuine respect for this bloke, but not anymore.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

@Yorkshire-86. Rubbish. Point Number 1: I am not talking about history; I am talking about the current state of affairs. Point Number 2: Most of the cricketers of Indian stock who played for England are born and brought up in England.(Other than Naser Hussain -- who himself played for England quite a few years ago, so his name is struck out based on Point No. 1---, can you name a few Indian IMPORTS who played for England, in the last 5 years? 10 years? Do you know the background of Monty, Bopara & Samit, the 3 players of Indian stock who played for England in recent years) They are not the imported mercenaries like KP, with a facade of three lions on their arm. Incidentally, I am a 73 year old who had been watching and admiring English cricketers for nearly half a century (Hence the dismay,now). My ever-green heroes as a fast bowling pair is Truman & Statham. Watching them I even tried to become one decades ago. So, don't talk history.

Posted by the_wallster on (August 8, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

@ Colm Mooney The reason I'm so delighted, Colm, that Boyd Rankin is turning his back on Ireland, is because he's aspiring to be the best. He's aspiring to play on the world's greatest stage. He wants to be the best bowler in the world. Those things he will never be able to do at Ireland. The ICC members will never grant Ireland Test status. Rankin is not only making a cricket-wise decision (he is already being earmarked as a potential England bowler as a member of the Lions and performance squads), but also his private future, with an England player earning around £250k a year. His decision also means that competition of players will improve the performances and strengthen the game in England, meaning they are more competitive on the international stage. Tell me how world cricket is improving if Boyd Rankin were to decide to let his career stagnate with Ireland, who play a handful of ODI's a year, a few t20's and zero Tests?

Posted by PanGlupek on (August 8, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

@Middlepeg, Would like to agree with you, but a senior county pro probably doesn't need a mortgage these days. He'd only get a lot more money by playing for England if he actually played (which, as many people have mentioned, he probably wouldn't (at least not for long) anyway).

@Puroniks, Hahaha, calm down mate! I don't agree with England poaching this guy either, but I think you'll find the reason Aus don't do it & England do is more down to different immigration policies in the 2 countries than Aus being too proud to.

On the other hand, if Ireland did get test status, they'd probably pinch far more English players than England have done Irish ones: They've done it enough times over the years in football, haha!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

It's a shame for Ireland, but anyone wanting to play Test cricket from there doesn't have much of a choice. Trying to rush Test status for Ireland is a bad idea, as Bangladesh have found. They need a first class system in place before anything, otherwise they're reliant on club cricket and English counties.

For me, it's why the ICC's insistence of pushing T20 over everything shows that money's more important than genuinely growing the game. Fair enough in new territories, but for established Associate sides, they need more than an evening's slogging.

Posted by Dr_Van_Nostrand on (August 8, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

Ireland shouldn't pick him for the World T20. Pick players who want to play for their country.

Posted by Haleos on (August 8, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

@ just_Test_lover - good suggestion. We need to include Bangladesh in that group too.

Posted by Haleos on (August 8, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Why doesnt ICC give Ireland Test Status? Barring one series against a seriously handicapped WI side Bangladesh have been pathetic in tests and they can have the status.

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (August 8, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Import Analysis: Rank one -- South Africa. Rank Two -- Ireland. What nosh. If you read your history you will find there has been more Indian-born players represent England than any other foreign country by a considerable distance.

Posted by Balldinho on (August 8, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

This is starting to get beyond ridiculous now! This sport is a JOKE, it's bad enough only 10 teams have been playing regularly for the past decade, it's even more sad that there's no fair qualifying system for major tournaments. But THIS is the worst of the lot, poaching talent from nations that WANT to be taken serious cricket is too far. Baseball and every other sport offers nations a FAIR chance at top level competition, and here cricket is withits segregation and poaching system in 2012! This must STOP

Posted by tfjones1978 on (August 8, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

The ICC need to immediately do something, this has gone beyond a joke. The ICC was meant to encourage developing cricket nations, instead it is ripping the guts out of those countries and then complaining that they "cant compete" against the best. How can developing cricket countries compete with the ICC allow full members to destroy the fabric of the game in other countries for their own greedy adventures? The ICC need to resolve this immediately. There are several options available to them including: [1] Creating an "Associates XI" full member and having the associate teams thought of as first class teams (like in WI) will voting rights given based on UN designated teams (ie: WI gets one vote for each nation), OR [2] Create a multi-tiered test program with relegation, OR [3] If they cant do the right thing, at least allow a player to play test cricket for full member whilst being an associate country and protecting the associates from next day turn over of players. Just rediculous!

Posted by greeny1799 on (August 8, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Ireland can't have test status for a while yet. Why? Until they have a first class system to bring the next generation through they can't sustain it. Yes the current team could compete with the teams at the lower end, but unless they have a system to keep producing these players they could soon turn into whipping boys. Look at what happened when Bangladesh were promoted without a first class system, and Kenya who had a good team for a while then faded away completely.

Posted by KBCA on (August 8, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

Simple solution. Ireland should be given test status. They are currently probably as bad as my New Zealand side yet surely you couldnt kick us out of the test arena?! broaden the test calender, introduce them to the lower ranking teams with a 1 test series against one of the big boys once a season.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

"It was a very difficult decision, but I will be retiring from playing cricket for Ireland after the World Twenty20, as I feel I can't continue to play the amount of cricket I have been playing with Warwickshire, England Lions and Ireland over the last few years.''

Right then Boyd, retire from the English Lions...

Posted by Timmuh on (August 8, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

While Ireland don't have Test status I don't have a problem with players doing this. But the rules may need to be looked at, perhaps players could play Test cricket with one nation and other cricket with their true nation. And when a nation does gain Test status; Ireland must be close, they have done far more than Bangladesh did before being raised to the top tier; maybe they could be garnted the right to call players back immediately. That wold allow players from non-Test nations access to Test cricket, without completely removing them from their first qualified nation; and could allow for a brand new Test nation to have a couple of players with Test experience. There would be some issues to be resolved, but maybe its a starting point - not just for Irish players, but for other nations too. (Nannes could be Dutch for both limited overs forms, and Australian for Tests for example.)

Posted by Vilander on (August 8, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

England killing Ireland cricket. Ireland will never play tests.

Posted by Praxis on (August 8, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Maybe I'm from a different part of the world, but this news makes me feel uneasy. Giving up the chance to play for your country at the age of 28, no matter how inadequate in matter of money or recognition, isn't a very nice thing. Its also getting harder & harder to admire the success of English cricket now.

Posted by r1m2 on (August 8, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

I am not sure if he will ever get to play tests for England. There are two things working against him to fulfill this dream of his: 1. He's not that good a fast bowler. He's neither got extreme pace nor raw talent. Only thing he's banked on so far is his height. Well we've heard of many "tall" bowlers world over, who become nothing. There are quite a few of them in the English county cricket who are just being "tall" and average bowler for their counties. I believe Rankin will just join their ranks. 2. England already has plenty of his type of bowlers in the team that they cannot accommodate. E.g. Broad, Finn so on. I feel both of these bowlers in the same team is already risky enough for England. Once the batsmen gets a hang of one they can handle the other with ease. If Rankin becomes a prospect by some miracle to play for England, he should ideally be sidelined until one of Broad and Finn are injured. England could really do w/ one express fast bowler right now and Rankin is not it.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

But Ireland don't play Test Cricket!

Posted by Swerver on (August 8, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

Are Ireland and Scotland ever going to be strong enough for Test cricket on their own? I know Ireland is a combined side, but why not change the England Test team to a GB & Ireland side for Test matches i.e. just like The British and Irish Lions of rugby union? Then allow players to represent their individual nations in ODI and T20 cricket. In all honesty not many non-English (or English "qualified") players will make the Test side anyway because of county cricket's relative strength compared to the rest, but it would give good players the chance to make the step up the what many deem the ultimate form of cricket without having to abandon their national identities by continuing to play for Ireland, England or Scotland (…or even Wales?) in the shorter versions of the game.

Posted by InsideHedge on (August 8, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Ground Control to Boyd Rankin: PLEASE come back to Planet Earth.

Posted by InsideHedge on (August 8, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Rankin suffers from constant injury problems leaving him unavailable for large periods of a season. All this means opportunities for other Irish players, I don't think Ireland will miss him particularly, just look at his performances against low-level international opposition - if he can't dominate low-tier batsmen, what makes him think he can succeed at Test level?

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 8, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Can some English fans explain these things to me : 1. How can a guy who is playing in Ireland team be included in England Lions team? is it professional? 2. How long should Rankin remain divorced from his home team to get into England team? 3. Is England that short of resources to pick from developing nations? 4. Are likes of Dockrell, Kevin, Stirling in your future list? How bad is it to tamper other teams rise.. Imagine Morgon in middle order of Irish team.. They would ve already got the test status..

Posted by Meety on (August 8, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

Not quite sure how the "import" rule works, but surely it is not totally about playing for England, rather the ability to - therefore he is considered a "local"? @Colm Mooney - I know it must be dissappointing, but at the end of the day he is just trying to get ahead in life & doesn't have much more time (in cricket) to achieve it!

Posted by InsideHedge on (August 8, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

As a Warwickshire fan, I can state without any doubt that Rankin is simply not good enough to make the England Test Squad of 16 for an overseas tour, never mind making the starting XI. He should look at his county performances, there's nothing there to suggest he should leapfrog several other fringe players. A few days ago, he was thrashed for 6 an over by county players from Middlesex.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Another talent is leaving the Irish team...to play the World XI..oh..sorry ..ENGLAND!

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 8, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

@the_wallster : How happy you are for a pouching.. Should England really depend on a Irish resource to strengthen their team? County is a different thing but to make a guy retire from his home and pouch him is just ridiculous decision.

Posted by 512fm on (August 8, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

Pretty foolish from Rankin, I mean lets be honest this guy really wouldn't be close at all to England selection even if he was available. Surely theres better on offer in county cricket??

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

@ the_wallster - You don't need him whilst Ireland does. How can you be so happy to see an upcoming side be knocked back like this...

Posted by Munkeymomo on (August 8, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

Very strange decision. It's a real shame for Irish cricket, jokes aside it is seriously about time the ECB reviewed the recruitment policy. KP/Trott are one thing, players who would not have had a chance to play international cricket, and who rightly deserve to, call England their home/have English ancestry. Boyd is another thing, Ireland surely cannot be far off test status. The most annoying thing is, county cricket has produced enough cricketers to be very competitive without overseas players (You can argue Strauss/Prior are not English as much as you like but you'd be wrong). Maybe not as good as they have been recently, but still as competitive as India/WI/The current Aus side etc. I doubt any English fans want to see Ireland lose their better players. I'd like to see the ECB do more to help Ireland get better, one way they can do that is let them play CC without threat of an England call up, though they need their own FC league.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

Cricket is a Mickey Mouse Sport run by clueless ICC where everything goes. I had hoped that Irish cricketers had learnt something from Ed Joyce's experience with England. Most players at 28 are at the peak of their international career not starting. With the exception of James Anderson (slightly older than Rankin), most established English cricketers are younger than him. What makes him think that he'll just walk into English national squad. Just like in politics a week is a long time in cricket, Giles could be removed as selector anytime.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

@ just_Test_lover...I agree with you that a two-tier structure in Test Cricket will be the solution but really at this moment, the only teams that deserve full membership are Ireland and the Netherlands because not only that have some good players but also a lot of funding as compared to their other associate counterparts and if you don't have that than I can't see how you can afford to play Cricket matches especially Tests because they're to expensive to run considering its played for 5 days.

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 8, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

And another one poached well done England, really making up for that lack of depth. Next up Dockerill.

Posted by MiddlePeg on (August 8, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Why does everybody instantly and obediently believe word for word what they read in the media? Read between the lines a little. The guy has a mortgage to pay and isn't going to achieve that playing for Ireland. He could have another 8 years on the county circuit and needs to prolong that career as much as possible. How many people reading this would take a pay cut for their country? Very few I suspect...

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

the ICC need to change the rules to help the smaller countries, in football you can't change countries once you've played a full international maybe in cricket any players who play for Ireland, Scotland, Holland, etc can't change countries once you've played 10/20 ODI's otherwise what is stop other Irish players wanting to play for England or Afghan players wanting to play for Pakistan or any other top associate player wanting to switch countries.

Posted by AdamSutherland94 on (August 8, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Surely the ICC needs to recognize that Ireland needs test status to survive as a competitive cricketing nation. Firstly it would halt to exodus of players leaving to seek test cricket elsewhere and surely and Irish test team would be competitive. With the likes of Joyce, Poterfield and Stirling at the top of the order with Kevin O'Brien, Mooney and Cusack in the middle order supported by a bowling attack of Dockrell, Murtagh and Rankin they certainly would compete with Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, New Zealand and West Indies? Ireland have shown themselves to be able to do this in the shorter forms of the game, they dominate the associate tournaments, often beat Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and have downed some cricketing giants.

Posted by just_Test_lover on (August 8, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Totally agree, ICC need to create a secon tier Test circuit include Kenya, Netherlands, Afganistan, Ireland, Scotland, USA and maybe Namibia or so. Then every 3 year promote 2 to top tier and drop 2 from top tier or just 1.

Boyde should stick with ireland and work his way into administration to help take the game forward and coach Irish youngsters bowling.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

Import Analysis: Rank one -- South Africa. Rank Two -- Ireland. Any new targets "flowering" in the minds of the English Cricket Administrators? A friendly warning from the latest KP episode. They may bring in the skills; but not the heart! They may even tattoo the three Lions prominently on their arms; not in their hearts!

Posted by baghels.a on (August 8, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

There are atleast a dozen English bowlers ahead of Rankin in the pecking order , in simple words he is not good enough !! what is this non-sense about a County side dictating terms to an international cricketer and where are IPL bashers who routinely thrash IPL sides for devalung international cricket ,why the double standards now !! .Rankin if he is so passionate about playing test cricket should bide his time till Ireland manage to get test status.....

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

if Ireland gets the test status in next five years and if ranking still couldnt make it to england xi, will he go back to Ireland?hahaha , btw he's a good bowler and if he tries he can surely take spot in SL or INd XI lol

Posted by D-Train on (August 8, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

What an incredibly selfish decision to make. He has the opportunity to help his country one day gain test status. He has the opportunity to leave a legacy in Irish and world cricket. But he's giving all that up to follow his own selfish pursuits. He's not even gonna play test cricket anyway. The bloke isn't good enough to play for England. He's gonna look back of his career full of regrets. What a terrible decision.

Boyd Rankin, you have lost all of my respect.

If I was Cricket Ireland I would not be picking him for the world T20. Why bother wasting their time playing a bloke who's not committed to the cause.

Posted by AdamSutherland94 on (August 8, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

Bad move. He's getting games for Ireland and I doubt he will for England, he will be competing with an already large and talented group of fast bowlers for a test place: Anderson, Broad, Finn, Bresnan, Onions and Tremlett to name a few. He is 28, hardly the new generation of up and coming bowlers. When the likes of Anderson retire replacement bowlers are likely to include Woakes, Meaker, Topley, Brooks, Dernbach etc. Being 28 Rankin has only really got 4 years left in him as a fast bowler and is this enough time to break into and make and impact on the England squad? I think not. If he gets in I think we will have an Ed Joyce scenario where he plays a few games then is forgotten.

Posted by the_wallster on (August 8, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

terrific decision from Boyd. Can potentially be a world beater, and with Tremlett's injury proneness, could do a fine job for England. Needs a couple of injury-free seasons and good figures and he'll be in. He's already in the Lions' squad and performance squad so he's almost there.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Well done to Warwickshire for making this deluded person think higher of himself. While Ashley Giles is probably delighted at this news. While the ECB are also equally as happy, another nail in the coffin that is Irish Cricket. Sure it never had a bloody hope did it.

Words can't describe how annoyed I am right now...

"There's been lots of sleepless nights recently," he told ESPNcricinfo. "It was a very difficult decision, but I will be retiring from playing cricket for Ireland after the World Twenty20, as I feel I can't continue to play the amount of cricket I have been playing with Warwickshire, England Lions and Ireland over the last few years.

Yeah Rankin playing for England will decrease your workload you're so deludedl...

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 8, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

Genius... "I feel I can't continue to play the amount of cricket I have been playing with Warwickshire, England Lions and Ireland over the last few years" So, when there comes a choice between country, county and other nation's second team, his first choice out is country.. Come on folks commenting on KP's three week break request and slamming IPL for that.. Show off guys..

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 8, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

I see. Now Rankine will play for England, Will perform exceptionally well, Will be picked by IPL franchisees and ultimately just like KP, we all will be discussing about his rift with ECB .

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 8, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Just ridiculous decision.. What is he going to get playing for England? He plays in county to fill pocket and play more cricket.. Not sure what is prompting him to develop an ambition for playing for England.. He is rejecting being a "permanent member" of Ireland to "might play" for England.. I would rather say it is senseless.. How many more players are you going to borrow England?

Posted by siddhartha87 on (August 8, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

i guess it would have been better if he sticked to Ireland,they are serious contender for being a test playing nation in next 3-4 yrs.Even now they are way better than Bangladesh.

Posted by Aristotle01 on (August 8, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

And the English cricket set up continue to beg and plead for players and poach players from other countries. Whats more, they try and poach players from cricketing infants like Ireland, thereby robing Ireland the chance to progress. Thats like robbing a begger! Disgraceful.Maybe the insecure ECB wants to ensure that teams like Ireland do not overtake England and leave England with the prospect of slogging with teams like Netherlands and Kenya for competition(That's their worthy place mind you). The worst part in all this is that they bait players from other countries with false promises-thats the most crass and sour way to be unprofessional! And then they destroy their careers and bring them down to the level of the England players who have been mediocre right from their U 10 days thanks to the attrocious manner in which cricket in England is handled right from the grass root level. Take a cue from the Australian Board. They really do know a thing or two about mana management.

Posted by Aristotle01 on (August 8, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

And the English cricket set up continue to beg and plead for players and poach players from other countries. Whats more, they try and poach players from cricketing infants like Ireland, thereby robing Ireland the chance to progress. Thats like robbing a begger! Disgraceful.Maybe the insecure ECB wants to ensure that teams like Ireland do not overtake England and leave England with the prospect of slogging with teams like Netherlands and Kenya for competition(That's their worthy place mind you). The worst part in all this is that they bait players from other countries with false promises-thats the most crass and sour way to be unprofessional! And then they destroy their careers and bring them down to the level of the England players who have been mediocre right from their U 10 days thanks to the attrocious manner in which cricket in England is handled right from the grass root level. Take a cue from the Australian Board. They really do know a thing or two about mana management.

Posted by tatactg on (August 8, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

So the county Warwickshire has the greater priority than Ireland?Surely Ireland will produce loyal test cricketers in the future.Or they can do what they are doing - hiring players from SA/AUS/ENG and pretend to be pretender for test status.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

i guess this move will ruin his career

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

Bad call mate !! if he was in the irish team it would have helped in making a case to get test status for the irish. I for one feels that they must get more T20 and 50 over matches with top test playing nations for a extended and continues period and then theyll be test ready in no time !!

Posted by zwartedepiet on (August 8, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Shambles. How will cricket become a global sport? Warwickshire put the pressure on him and you cant blame Boyd. But when do the ICC get involved here? This cant continue to happen....

Posted by PanGlupek on (August 8, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

If this happens, it would be a real shame. Not least because he's probably not good enough for England anyway. He's 28 years old, so he's not exactly an up & coming youngster, he's a good bowler on his day, but is he really better than Anderson, Broad, Finn, Tremlett, Bresnan, Onions, Woakes or Dernbach? After England's recent showings, you could maybe argue he is, but he'd probably play one series & get dropped. Also, this is a time when Ireland need thier best players most: Good performances at the next World T20 & Wolrd cup will only help thier case for test status.

Ashley Giles showing a conflict of interest by being involved with him at Warwickshire & being involved with England? Probably.

Posted by twiggy15 on (August 8, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Boyd will never get a look in with England, at least 8 ahead of him on the list and now he will never get to play in a world cup again.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Somerset are apparently signing him as well.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

He is getting to play ODIs and t20is for Ireland and he is playing FC and competitive games in county circuit. There is no need to make such decision. Well, he is going to destroy his career for sure.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

He has made the wrong choice. England already has plenty of tall fast bowlers. Anderson,Broad,Finn,Derenbach, Bresnan, Onions, Tremlett, Stuart Meaker, Woakes to name a few. If he plays for England, his situation will be like Joyce's. They will play him in a few matches before dumping him for ever

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

There is no point to look for England spot. If he gets to chance to play even in one t20 game for England, he can't play for Ireland for next 4 years. In that case, his career will be over.

Posted by Meety on (August 8, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

A shame as I think he'd certainly keep Ireland close to Test promotion.

Posted by randomwaffle12 on (August 8, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Good Luck, Boyd! You'll definitely need it mate

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

How does he expect to make the England team... What a crazy, pathetic decision. He would be better off helping Ireland reach test status.

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