Ireland news August 8, 2012

Rankin set to retire for Ireland

Ger Siggins

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Andrew 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.

  • Andrew 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!

  • Andrew 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!

  • Satish 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..

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Amjad 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.

  • Satish 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..

  • Anupam 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.

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