Boyd Rankin set to play for Ireland again

Shashi / 03 November 2015

Boyd Ranrin, Ireland born cricketer, who has played 37 ODIs for Ireland between 2007 and 2012 is set to play for Ireland again. It has been reported that Cricket Ireland had approached him to return back to Ireland after his 2 years re-qualification period ends on the 5th of January. 

Rankin had switched to play for England, like what cricketers like Ed Joyce, Eoin Morgan did before, but then just got a chance to play 1 Test match for England. He had a horrible outing in that match against Australia at Sydney in the Ashesh 2013-14. He left the field twice and never looked good enough to play and later on admitted that he had let hi team down in the match.

Since then, Rankin has not been picked for English team. However, his name was considered for the ODI team earlier this year, but then he couldn’t make it to the squad. Even, he has not been picked for England Lions squad. With a new crop of pacers coming up in England and the selectors ignoring Rankin’s name, he has now decided that his International future lies in Ireland.

With Ireland not having a Test status, Rankin may not be able to play a Test match again if he goes back to Ireland team. Though, his only hope lies in the fact that if Ireland qualifies for a one-off Test match, which will be played at Lords in 2019.

He will join the likes of Ed Joyce, who after representing England at the International level, returned back to Ireland and is still playing for them. 

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