Ireland news August 18, 2011

Rankin eyes England spot

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Boyd Rankin, the Warwickshire and Ireland fast bowler, has set his sights on joining former team-mate Eoin Morgan in the England side even though that will mean turning his back on his homeland.

Rankin was drafted into the England Lions squad for the final one-day match against Sri Lanka A, at Wantage Road, and responded with 2 for 19 as the hosts wrapped up the series 2-1. Ironically, however, his next major chance to impress England will come when he is in opposition to them in the one-day international at Clontarf next week.

"I want to play at the highest level and be the best I can be. I still feel I'm getting better and better and if the chance came I would probably take it," Rankin told the Belfast Telegraph. "The ultimate goal is to play Test cricket and I don't know if the [England] one-day team is the route to the Test team. It won't happen for a while anyway but it's just a matter of trying to get my foot into the Lions and do well with them and get on the winter programme."

Rankin has taken 44 wickets for Warwickshire in the County Championship and a productive season has helped him move on from the frustration of injuries which hampered his preparation for the World Cup earlier this year. Now he's aiming for a strong finish to the summer before seeing what is in store during the winter.

"I've got over my injury worries, I feel, and I just want to kick on for the rest of the season with a number of games with Warwickshire," he said. "We have all the top coaches and facilities over here and I want to make use of it and see what happens here."

And a few wickets against England wouldn't go amiss. "They will come out hard because we beat them the last time we met and it's good we are playing in Dublin in front of a home crowd," he said. "I hope it's a good day and we get another good result and I hope I get a few wickets."

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  • on August 21, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    I wish Boyd the best .... he deserves the chance to get test cricket - he may be good enough he may not but he is on the edge - I just wish it was with Ireland. Sadly Dockrell and Stirling are already in Englands sights and on their performances - they should be - either or both may turn out to be Test quality. the irony in this is the ICC support for Irish cricket is helping bring out these little jewels while their other rules are making them leave Ireland for England. Something must be done for the sake of justice and fair play .... surely?

  • niyasindian on August 20, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    GIVE IRELAND "TEST STATUS". that wil be the only remedy for this

  • RandyOZ on August 20, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    @youngkeepersdad, its the England and Wales Cricket board

  • on August 20, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    ICC PLEASE GIVE TEST STATUS TO IRELAND THEY DESERVE THIS

  • bumsonseats on August 19, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    if ireland were to be given test match status they would lose the benifit of playing county cricket as they could only be taken on as an overseas player. were now they can play if good enough for the county. as ireland have not got a good enough cricket structure. and wonder how they would make a living, and been an irish test player. dpk

  • cricket2011 on August 19, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    I BEG ICC PLEASE GRAND TEST STATUS TO IRELAND.

  • r1m2 on August 19, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    I think, it is silly for Boydo to aspire to play for England. He's better of playing for Ireland where he will get in every time Ireland plays.

    England has Broad, Tremlett and Finn. Broad and Finn are younger than Rankin with more experience and proven record in multiple forms of the game.

    I see no hope for Rankin to break into the English side. At the same time, I think if he cannot figure this out himself he's not a very smart person to begin with. If he was an express pace bowler capable of bowling 150+km/h then he'd have a chance.

    England is well set on the number of very tall, fast medium, bounce bowlers for the next 5 years or so. But if Rankin does become available for England, he may get a chance if all of the 3 I mentioned above breaks down at the same time. I think that's not highly likely.

  • on August 19, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    It is time Ireland is welcomed to the big boys club so stop this bleeding. Will they be any worse than say Bangladesh or Zimbabwe or India :)

  • Navin84 on August 19, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    There are alot of talented players in Ireland that can play test crickt and Ryan ten Dosechat from Netherlands. The ICC can grant them test status but put them in a different league with Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, West Indies, New Zealand and Pakistan. These 5 teams are bottom of the rankings by a long way, so let them play together and after a period of 4 years, review the rankings and promote 2 teams with the big boys league.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 19, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    You look at the Zim and Bangladesh series and you ask, what if Ire got the same opportunities and support and most importantly exposure and matches that they got? ICC really doesn't seem to care and they probably won't care even if half the eng team is Irish.

  • on August 21, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    I wish Boyd the best .... he deserves the chance to get test cricket - he may be good enough he may not but he is on the edge - I just wish it was with Ireland. Sadly Dockrell and Stirling are already in Englands sights and on their performances - they should be - either or both may turn out to be Test quality. the irony in this is the ICC support for Irish cricket is helping bring out these little jewels while their other rules are making them leave Ireland for England. Something must be done for the sake of justice and fair play .... surely?

  • niyasindian on August 20, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    GIVE IRELAND "TEST STATUS". that wil be the only remedy for this

  • RandyOZ on August 20, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    @youngkeepersdad, its the England and Wales Cricket board

  • on August 20, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    ICC PLEASE GIVE TEST STATUS TO IRELAND THEY DESERVE THIS

  • bumsonseats on August 19, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    if ireland were to be given test match status they would lose the benifit of playing county cricket as they could only be taken on as an overseas player. were now they can play if good enough for the county. as ireland have not got a good enough cricket structure. and wonder how they would make a living, and been an irish test player. dpk

  • cricket2011 on August 19, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    I BEG ICC PLEASE GRAND TEST STATUS TO IRELAND.

  • r1m2 on August 19, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    I think, it is silly for Boydo to aspire to play for England. He's better of playing for Ireland where he will get in every time Ireland plays.

    England has Broad, Tremlett and Finn. Broad and Finn are younger than Rankin with more experience and proven record in multiple forms of the game.

    I see no hope for Rankin to break into the English side. At the same time, I think if he cannot figure this out himself he's not a very smart person to begin with. If he was an express pace bowler capable of bowling 150+km/h then he'd have a chance.

    England is well set on the number of very tall, fast medium, bounce bowlers for the next 5 years or so. But if Rankin does become available for England, he may get a chance if all of the 3 I mentioned above breaks down at the same time. I think that's not highly likely.

  • on August 19, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    It is time Ireland is welcomed to the big boys club so stop this bleeding. Will they be any worse than say Bangladesh or Zimbabwe or India :)

  • Navin84 on August 19, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    There are alot of talented players in Ireland that can play test crickt and Ryan ten Dosechat from Netherlands. The ICC can grant them test status but put them in a different league with Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, West Indies, New Zealand and Pakistan. These 5 teams are bottom of the rankings by a long way, so let them play together and after a period of 4 years, review the rankings and promote 2 teams with the big boys league.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on August 19, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    You look at the Zim and Bangladesh series and you ask, what if Ire got the same opportunities and support and most importantly exposure and matches that they got? ICC really doesn't seem to care and they probably won't care even if half the eng team is Irish.

  • AlanHarrison on August 19, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    I've no objection to players like Andrew Symonds, Gordon Greenidge, Basil D'Oliveira, Martin McCague and Jonathan Trott, etc qualifying for and choosing which country to play for, but this is a different case altogether and far more objectionable. Rankin's ambition to play test cricket is understandable, but Ireland have already applied to play test cricket. Further, given the strength of England's bowling at the moment, England only need Rankin on the assumption that he is going to metamorphisise into Glenn McGrath, which, with due respect to Rankin, is not likely. England are at fault by welcoming him into the Lions fold. As with Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan earlier, England are luring a player they don't need, the only effect of which is gratuitously to weaken Ireland's case for test status, and thus the potential for global expansion in the game. England keep telling us they are the world's best, but it is about the time they showed the good grace to match it!

  • adm21 on August 19, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    He's just returning the favour for all the footballers we let Ireland have.

  • bumsonseats on August 19, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    people other than from the uk.dont understand the workings of the EEC we have a freedom of movement. this means living and working in any country within the above body. irish people can come over and work as a cricketer similar to a builder lawler whatever. and most people who do make a better life for themselves and their family. people on cricinfohave to understand that. as to the old chestnut saffas, most of the people ho arrive on our shores have family ho were born in this country that been so they can play for england, but have to go thru a period were they have to qualify, after that period if they r good enough they can be selected. there are many people in the uk playing many sports, being selected for that sport. perhaps most people who come over here think that its a good place to live. there seems to be many 1000s turned away each year so perhaps it is. dpk

  • CricketPissek on August 19, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    If he loses his right to play for Ireland by trying for the England test team, he may end up with nothing! England's fast bowling pecking order is so strong, I cant see him breaking into the team any time soon. But then again, for any cricketer, the chance to play test cricket is invaluable. Those comparing him to South African defectors need to have their heads examined. Guys like Morgan cannot physically play test cricket for Ireland, so what the hell do you expect them to do?

  • on August 19, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    If this isnt a signal to give Ireland test status we may scratch all associates from the game completely :(

  • on August 19, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    dont worry guys even if he tries hard he still cant make it untill some dramtic happens to england's premier fast bowling attack .may be anderson getting a trescothick one broad fractured his leg forever.bresnen not able to bowl oh God still there are numerous names onions,finn, shejad .seriously i quit

  • ygkd on August 19, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    The comment by Matthew Grant is right about the need for a combined European (non-English) first class tournament. Maybe the Welsh could defect to join too. Apart from an odd Cardiff test, what do the Welsh really get out of the current set-up? It's England and SA and Eire and Northern Ireland and what's the other one ...Cym..something..W..something?

  • johnathonjosephs on August 19, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Umm with Anderson, Broad, Bresnan, Finn, Tremlett, and Swann as great bowlers, I don't think this guy will make it on the team.... Not a chance at all...

  • on August 19, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    This syndrome of shifting sides is halting expansion of cricket as a global game... we have mere 9 teams playing serious cricket.. if we want cricket to be a global sports we need at least 50 odd teams playing in different formats... How can country like my(Nepal) ever think of playing cricket at the apex level when on one side we have this syndrome prevailing and on the other hand there is another ill practice of playing ex patriots from test playing nations and blocking the progression of countries that have their own home grown talent. ICC need to be clear on this.....

  • Evilpengwinz on August 19, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    I don't think this is such a bad thing for Ireland as people make it out to be. Surely, if the ICC sees Irishmen getting into England's first XI, they'll eventually realise that Ireland are of test quality and give them test status?

  • zingzangspillip on August 19, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    I don't like players defecting to countries not of their birth. In cases like Greig, Smith, Lamb and Wessels it's understandable, as otherwise they would not have had any cricket for their home country. However, for Rankin to consider defecting to England just because he doesn't like being limited to first class cricket is very presumptuous of him. Quite possibly, he wouldn't get a game for England, considering their pace bowling strength at the moment. However, if he plays one match for England at any time, he will be barred from playing for Ireland for five years in any international context. He's more likely to be sitting on the sidelines while his own country goes without it's best fast bowler. Bring on Test cricket for Ireland!

  • AzyS on August 19, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    it is really sad to see the it irish players taking the english route.. i dont blame them for this coz they are just looking to play at the highest level and have a good career.. the ICC should please do something about this.. the way the irish team has been performing consistently there is no doubt that they are ready to play at the highest level and if not promoted soon there is the danger of interest dwindling in those parts.. just imagine this irish team.. Porterfield,Stirling,Joyce,Hamish Marshall,Eoin Morgan,N.O'brien,Kevin O'brien,George Dockrell,John Mooney,Trent Johnstone,Boyd Rankin,Gary Wilson.. good players and ready to take on the world..

  • alexczarn on August 19, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    Not another player defecting to England... :/

  • on August 19, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    So, a combined Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands domestic 1st class league anyone? Feeds 3 national teams and cancels out the "no 1st class structure" argument? Jeez, half the posters on here could organise and run a development programme better then the ICC!

    @tommieg0 Ireland didnt play in the CB40 recently, for the valid reason: Who wants to play 40 over cricket when the WC is 50 overs!

  • RandyOZ on August 18, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    Hahaha brilliant. The South African and Irish Cricket team gets another boost!

  • Jonah58 on August 18, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    I have already posted this on the CI forums but it rings true here as well for all those who say Ireland can't be a test nation as they don't have a 1st class system.

    The point is while Ireland have a glass ceiling preventing them from making it out of associate cricket they will never receive the level of funding that other lesser nations like NZ and Zim and Bangla get from the ICC from their status as 'Full Test Playing Nations' it is this funding that allows them to develop their infrastructure and provide their 1st class competitions. Well that and the TV monies from series against the big boys. This situation will only grow worse as the Asian Bloc BOARDS continue to support both Bangla and Zim within the ICC and deny opportunities to ALL the emerging nations. Somewhere along the line if it is to grow and not flounder into the mire of mediocrity and obscurity as a global sport cricket has to accept a 2 tier structure to test cricket like the 2 division English cricket league.

  • tommieg0 on August 18, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    @kryon because the requirement to play for either team is a British passport, also how Gavin Hamilton of Scotland played for England. Also in Ireland there is pretty much no domestic structure although an Irish team compete in the CB40 along with the Netherlands and Scotland. Many Irish players have contracts with English counties - Stirling and Dockerell spring to mind.

  • on August 18, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    I think Andrew Crockers point is a fair one... as things stand! There's an old Irish saying when asked for directions:- "You're going where? Oooh... I wouldn't start from here! - I think the current rules (test qualification) are the nub of the problem. It makes sense that you need an established system to support a test team - but this is the 21st century - maybe, though we didn't really notice, just maybe(!) the goal posts have already moved. Maybe an Irish test team would motivate and generate the energy at grass roots that Cricket Ireland needs.(TV = power) I realise (in old money!) that would seem to be putting the cart before the horse... but times change - and sometimes thinking needs to change to suit the times.

  • on August 18, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    kryon - Ireland and England are different countries but Ireland are only an associate member (I.E No test cricket which both Pakistan/India have) and while there are more opportunities with the development of 20/20 and the 50 over world cup it is still not well paid.

    Sportsmen have a limited time to make there living and you can't retire on Ireland money. Don't think Boyd Rankin is good enough for England and at 27 he doesn't have time on his side

  • kryon on August 18, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Can someone please tell me whether Ireland and England are two separate countries or not?How can players from Ireland play for England so easily?Can a Indian player play for Pakistan or vice versa this easily?Dont these players have any love for their country?Where is their patriotism?And why is there so many Irish cricketers in English counties?Dont they have their own domestic structure?If players from Bangladesh could have played in Pakistan/Sri lanka/Indian domestic tournaments they would have been much better than they are now.

  • Trickstar on August 18, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Not a chance Rankin will get any where near the England team, he's a 27 year old county journeyman, who must be behind at least 10 or more players waiting in the wings.

    @Kartikay Kumar Eh? how is England not a good team but are lucky, if your going to post rubbish at least make it readable

  • on August 18, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    This really needs to stop, it is getting ridiculous. Ireland prove time and time again that they can compete, yet are denied the chance to play Test cricket. Meanwhile, we have Zimbabwe back after a 6 year self-imposed Test exile and they beat Bangladesh who have been playing Tests in that period. Where is the justice? Ireland are ranked above Zimbabwe in the ODI standings, so surely if Zimbabwe can defeat Bangladesh, so can Ireland. Joyce, Porterfield, Stirling, Wilson, Niall and Kevin O'Brien, Rankin, Dockrell are all of a higher quality than the Zimbabwe team. Test cricket for Ireland! WAKE UP ICC!!!!

  • on August 18, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    You can't have a test team until you have an established first class structure in the country that works as a feeder system to the test team. Ireland wouldn't be able to rely on half their side playing English county cricket. As things stand, test status is a pipe dream.

  • CricketChat on August 18, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    If BD and Zim are able to play tests, I don't see why teams like Ireland, Canada and Kenya can't. ICC should consider a 2 tier test format where these teams can compete against each other and top 2 teams should have a chance to play against higher rated teams.

  • SDHM on August 18, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    I hope he doesn't get near the team to be honest - he's a fine bowler, but Ireland need him. There are too many fine seamers in front of him in the queue, so it'd be a waste of a potent bowler. You can't blame the lad for wanting to play test cricket though - ICC, sort it out regarding Ireland!

  • Irelandcricketfan on August 18, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Fair play to him and I can't begrudge him trying. Luckily, though, the English pace line up is so strong and so young there is no real risk of a switch of colours. And his playing with the Lions is good experience. I just hope that if there is a short term depletion because of injuries in the English ranks, they don't turn to Boyd for one or two games to plug a short term gap, in a way that would knock out his Irish career. Give us a couple of four day games against decent opposition and see how we get on. There needs to be some roadmap for the future.

  • MENDIS_Forever on August 18, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    miyaaww...he could have done so long before.soon after the wc 2007.England can u please request our chamara silva,if u want a grinder?

  • on August 18, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Noooooo... Ireland needs you more, Boyd. Just ask Joyce. Watching Morgan in the England team is thrilling, watching Ireland beat us in the World Cup was better.

  • on August 18, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    As much as I'm a fan of Boyd, he'll have no chance of pushing for a place in England's stable of quicks. Much better he concentrate on county and his COUNTRY, furthering Irelands claims to be next into the closed club of Test cricket.

  • cricfan17 on August 18, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    First Joyce, then Morgan, now Rankin? How much more pain must Ireland endure in selection theft alone before the ICC sees they deserve Test Status?

    Try them out in a 5-dayer against Bangladesh and Zim and you'll see, even the Windies and NZ would struggle!

  • on August 18, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    England is not a good team it just that they have luck!

  • Slemo on August 18, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    The english team is too crowded with fast bowlers for Rankin to even have a chance...it is worth the try but it does not make any sense at this stage in his carreer.

  • chrisgus on August 18, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    ffs just give ireland test status and this will stop!

  • Finn92 on August 18, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Good on him but he will have a job replacing our current line up of bowlers! Ireland will do well to gain Test status in his career so you can't begrudge him wanting to grab his chance now

  • Nduru on August 18, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    It would be tragic for Ireland if Rankin follows in the footsteps of Morgan.

  • on August 18, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    very sad... the ICC needs to do something... Ire-Bang-Zimb second division atleast...

  • Geordie613 on August 18, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    First South Africans, now Irish, how about some English players? No wonder they're no 1 in the world, its a World XI.

  • Vernacular_Press on August 18, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    If he plays for England , he should not be allowed to represent ireland again.

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  • Vernacular_Press on August 18, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    If he plays for England , he should not be allowed to represent ireland again.

  • Geordie613 on August 18, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    First South Africans, now Irish, how about some English players? No wonder they're no 1 in the world, its a World XI.

  • on August 18, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    very sad... the ICC needs to do something... Ire-Bang-Zimb second division atleast...

  • Nduru on August 18, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    It would be tragic for Ireland if Rankin follows in the footsteps of Morgan.

  • Finn92 on August 18, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Good on him but he will have a job replacing our current line up of bowlers! Ireland will do well to gain Test status in his career so you can't begrudge him wanting to grab his chance now

  • chrisgus on August 18, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    ffs just give ireland test status and this will stop!

  • Slemo on August 18, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    The english team is too crowded with fast bowlers for Rankin to even have a chance...it is worth the try but it does not make any sense at this stage in his carreer.

  • on August 18, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    England is not a good team it just that they have luck!

  • cricfan17 on August 18, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    First Joyce, then Morgan, now Rankin? How much more pain must Ireland endure in selection theft alone before the ICC sees they deserve Test Status?

    Try them out in a 5-dayer against Bangladesh and Zim and you'll see, even the Windies and NZ would struggle!

  • on August 18, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    As much as I'm a fan of Boyd, he'll have no chance of pushing for a place in England's stable of quicks. Much better he concentrate on county and his COUNTRY, furthering Irelands claims to be next into the closed club of Test cricket.