England Lions and Ireland fast bowler Boyd Rankin has confirmed that he is keen to stay with Warwickshire on an extended contract.
Rankin’s existing deal at Edgbaston expires next New Year’s Eve but Warwickshire are already in talks with the player and his agent about an extension similar to the one recently signed by England one-day all-rounder Chris Woakes.
Getting Rankin physically to sign an extension before the start of the new domestic season might prove difficult as he has just departed for the United Arab Emirates at the start of a punishing three months, which begins with an appearance for an ICC Associates and Affiliates Combined XI against England this Saturday (January 7).
Rankin will then fly direct to Bangladesh to link up with the England Lions tour and then switch back to Ireland duty for their tour of Kenya in February followed by the qualifying tournament for next year’s ICC World Twenty20 in Dubai in March.
Having seen him take 55 wickets in an injury-free campaign last season, Warwickshire are aware that Rankin, who has already had spells with Middlesex and Derbyshire, is a likely target for other counties. But the 27-year-old Ulsterman is keen to extend his stay with Warwickshire.
“I love the club. All the lads seem to get along well and I think that we have got a good future with the guys that we have,” Rankin said.
“Hopefully we can push for honours and I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing for Warwickshire this year and for many to come.
“My existing contract runs out at the end of the year. We’ve already started talking about an extension but the fact that I was away with the England Performance Programme in South Africa until just before Christmas and I’m now away until just before the start of the new season means that it’s been difficult to sit down and have a proper discussion about it.”