BOYD Rankin was denied the opportunity of playing one last representative game on Friday when North West Warriors clash with Northern Knights was abandoned without a ball bowled.
The former Warwickshire professional and 153-times capped Ireland international yesterday called time on his elite career but will continue to club cricket with Lisburn this season.
It was planned he would say farewell at Bready, where it all started for him as a teenager but rain of the previous 24 hours ended any hope of play and the umpires called off the match immediately after an early lunch.
Rankin, who lost his Ireland contract during the winter, 18 years after his debut, in the same match as current England one-day captain Eoin Morgan, has accepted he was not going to get another Ireland call-up and yesterday reflected on his career, which also included nine internationals and a Test match with England.
“To retire from international cricket is always a tough call, but I feel now is the right time to step away, he said. “ I have put my heart and soul into playing cricket professionally since 2003 and loved every minute of it. To play in numerous World Cups and to pull on the Irish jersey is something I will never forget.
“To have a long career in county cricket 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.”
He said his best memories were the World Cup wins over Pakistan and Bangladesh in 2007 and against England in 2011 while “being part of the team to play Ireland men’s first Test match was a special moment, as was taking our first Test wicket”.