Ireland star Boyd Rankin set to retire from playing international cricket
Ger Siggins (Irish Daily Star)
Ireland's top fast bowler, Boyd Rankin, will announce his retirement from international cricket today.
The 28-year-old 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 the Irish Daily Star last night. “It was a very difficult decision.”
It is understood Rankin came under strong pressure from his club to sign a new contract which would end his Irish career. Warwickshire's director of cricket Ashley Giles is also an England selector . Rankin returned form the World Twenty20 qualifier in March with a stress injury to his foot which has ruled him out of most of his county’s season.
“I’ve decided to retire for several reasons, and among them is a need to reduce my workload. “Something had to give and unfortunately it had to be Ireland.” 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.” Rankin made his comeback against Bangladesh in Belfast two weeks ago in what will now be remembered as his last cap. He took the last of his 110 wickets for Ireland.
The 6’8” giant has featured for England ‘A’ several times but his county has now insisted he cannot go on with a foot in both camps. A recent report suggested that Giles had given Rankin an ultimatum to give up Ireland or forget about playing for England.
It's a major blow to Phil Simmons's team less than six weeks before the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. “Hopefully sometime in the future I’ll be able to play for Ireland again”, Rankin said last night “but this is something I had to seriously consider. “Who knows what might happen.”