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Just a day after England pace bowler Boyd Rankin revealed that he considered quitting cricket following his chastening Test debut against Australia, Cricket Ireland have announced that they would welcome back the lanky seamer with open arms.
Rankin retired from playing for Ireland at the end of 2012, but Cricket Ireland also stated that they are hoping he will consider representing them at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
“There is, in the higher echelons of the ICC, some sympathy for the view that the best players for each nation should appear in the World Cup,” Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom told ESPNcricinfo. “There is a sense that it would be a shame if a player like Boyd was not there. And that has given me a sense that all is not lost in the hope to see him playing for Ireland in the World Cup.”
Lending his thoughts on the situation, Ireland captain William Porterfield said: “I haven’t spoken to Boyd, but I’m pretty sure he still harbours the aspiration of getting into more England sides and doing well for England. But he bowls upwards of 90mph and, if was to become available, then as far as I’m concerned he is more than worthy of a place.”