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Boyd Rankin back in Irish squad for Twenty20 tie against Bangladesh

Updated: Friday, 13 Jul 2012 17:44 | Comments

Rankin has been keeping in shape playing for Warwickshire seconds
Rankin has been keeping in shape playing for Warwickshire seconds

Boyd Rankin is a welcome addition to the Ireland squad which takes on Bangladesh next week at Stormont in the RSA Twenty20 Series. 

The 28-year-old hasn't featured for his country since suffering a stress reaction injury in his right foot following Ireland's successful ICC World Twenty20 qualification campaign in the UAE.

Rankin has taken 109 wickets in his 78 appearances for Ireland. Also returning to the squad is Clontarf all-rounder Andrew Poynter whose last appearance also came in the qualifying tournament.

The rest of the squad is very much along expected lines containing the 13 players named for the RSA Challenge ODI against Australia last month. 

The games against Bangladesh take place at Stormont on 18, 20 and 21 July, with the first two games getting under way at 5pm, and the Saturday fixture an hour earlier at 4pm. 

Bangladesh will play two warm up games at Comber on Monday next. They will face an Ireland XI skippered by Andrew White at 12:30pm, followed at 5pm by a second fixture against a NCU Select XI.

Tickets for the RSA Twenty20 Series have been competitively priced with children just £5, senior citizens £12 and adults £15. Full details can be found on www.ticketmaster.ie

Ireland squad v Bangladesh RSA Twenty20 Series:

William Porterfield (captain) (Warwickshire), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), Trent Johnston (YMCA), Ed Joyce (Sussex), John Mooney (North County), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Niall O’Brien (Northants), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey). 

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