Boyd Rankin, Ireland’s bowler decided to end his career after 18 years. Rankin believes that the time is right for the end, and that he has fulfilled what he wanted "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." "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 something I am very grateful for."
- Rankin said, as quoted by cricbuzz
Rankin also praised all those who helped him during his career; from parents, girlfriends to coaches who have had the biggest impact on his career "There are many people to thank for helping me on this journey, firstly my parents for introducing me to the game and taking me to practice and games as a kid growing up, and for supporting me throughout my career" " Also to my partner Anna who has helped and supported me for the last part of my career."
"There are various coaches that have helped me along the way - Bri an O'Rourke in my younger years with Ireland underage teams Mike Hendrick during my time at Derbyshire and Ireland helped me in my early years to become the bowler I became, Adi Birrell for giving me the opportunity during the 2007 World Cup, as well as Phil Simmons, John Bracewell and Graham Ford over my Ireland career."
"Ashley Giles, Dougie Brown, Allan Donald and Graeme Welch also had a massive influence on me at Warwickshire, and I thank them for all their help and guidance." "It's hard to single out individual coaches but all those guys all deserve a mention.," Rankin said, as he thanked his support system.
He also discovered which are the best and happiest moments of his career "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 said.