Rankin injury cuts short his England Lions tour

Warwickshire and Ireland pace bowler Boyd Rankin has been ruled out of the remainder of the England Lions tour of Bangladesh.

Rankin is to return home having aggravated a minor thigh strain on the tour in which he played only one match, a one-day appearance against Bangladesh A in Chittagong on January 13.

Rankin had joined the tour late having arrived from Dubai where he impressed playing for an ICC Combined Associates and Affiliates XI against England.

Rankin impressed in the first innings of that match, England’s first warm-up fixture ahead of the current Test series with Pakistan, where his two wickets included county colleague Ian Bell.

It is believed that Rankin suffered the thigh strain in the second innings and despite having treatment from the Lions medical staff in Bangladesh his condition has not improved.

It is not yet known whether Rankin will be fit for his next scheduled overseas assignment, a trip to Kenya with Ireland next month.

Ireland are scheduled to play a four-day ICC Inter-Continental Cup match and two World Cup qualifier one-day matches but the trip remains in doubt because of the on-going security situation in Kenya.

Last week the UK Foreign Office warned of the heightened risk of a terrorist attack from the Somalia-based al-Shabab militia, and advised British citizens to “exercise extra vigilance and caution in public places and at public events”.

British tourists have been advised to avoid travelling within 150 miles of the Somali border because of the high risk of kidnapping.

Ireland’s matches are due to be played in Mombasa, which is well outside that zone, but the situation is being closely monitored.

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