Ireland tempo bowler Boyd Rankin on Friday introduced his retirement from worldwide cricket and inter-provincial cricket, ending an 18 12 months lengthy illustrious profession. Rankin is one in all solely 15 gamers in cricket historical past to characterize two international locations at Test cricket. The 36-year previous seamer made his worldwide debut for Ireland in 2003 on the age of 19.
He went on to play 153 instances for Ireland between 2003 and 2020 in two stints, separated by a three-year interval taking part in for England throughout which era he made his Test debut in an Ashes Test in opposition to Australia in 2014.
“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,” mentioned Rankin whereas asserting retirement as per Cricket Ireland.
Rankin additionally had a profitable 15-year profession in English county cricket taking part in with a number of sides, however most notably an 11-year stint at Warwickshire County Cricket Club.
“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,” Rankin mentioned.
“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 previous pacer added.
Renowned for the pure bounce he might extract out of any pitch, and skill to swing the ball each methods, Rankin claimed 229 wickets at 23.39 apiece for Ireland – ending his profession because the eighth highest Irish wicket-taker at worldwide degree.
His two most efficient wicket-taking seasons had been 2018 and 2019 with 30 and 47 wickets respectively, exhibiting his enduring worth to his nationwide facet over current campaigns.
“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 recalled.
Amongst his wickets, maybe his most memorable scalp was in 2018 when he claimed the first-ever wicket for Ireland in males’s Test cricket at Malahide in opposition to Pakistan.
However, equally up within the profession highlights had been additionally the three wickets he claimed in opposition to the identical opponents on the 2007 Cricket World Cup as a part of that seminal Irish victory.
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