Ireland seamer Boyd Rankin announces retirement


Boyd Rankin, the former Ireland and England seamer, has announced his retirement from international and inter-provincial cricket. Rankin made his Ireland debut in 2003, and won the last of his 153 caps in a T20I against Afghanistan in Greater Noida last year.

In between the 6ft 8in seamer also played for England, winning a Test call on the 2013-14 Ashes tour, to go with seven ODI and two T20I appearances. Rankin returned to Ireland in time to play in their maiden outing as a Test nation, against Pakistan at Malahide in 2018, claiming their first Test wicket in the same match – and becoming only the 15th man to represent two countries in Tests.

Rankin was part of the Ireland team that made a memorable impact on both the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, paving the way for Test status in 2017. He also enjoyed a lengthy career in county cricket, winning the County Championship, two one-day cups and the T20 Blast with Warwickshire.