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Boyd Rankin to continue remain on sidelines

Boyd Rankin missed the T20I series against Afghanistan as well
Boyd Rankin missed the T20I series against Afghanistan as well

Ireland fast bowler Boyd Rankin will miss the remainder of the One-Day International series against Afghanistan in India after failing to recover from a back injury.

The 32-year-old had earlier missed the ODI series against United Arab Emirates and the Twenty20 Internationals against Afghanistan and was hoping to return for the 50-over series and InterContinental Cup against Asghar Stanikzai's men but now will have to remain on the sidelines after failing a fitness test last weekend.

Peter Chase, who was included in the squad as a cover for Rankin has been named as his replacement for the InterContinental Cup as well.

Chase has picked four wickets for Ireland this season with three of them coming against Afghanistan in the ongoing ODI series.

Ireland head coach John Bracewell expressed disappointment on the news on Rankin but is confident of Chase stepping up in the absence of the Warwickshire seamer.

"Obviously it's disappointing not to have Boyd fit for these games, but Peter Chase has been with us for the whole tour so far and has shown in the ODI's that he is capable of using his height in the same way Boyd does to generate bounce from an awkward length."

Following their six wicket win on Sunday, Ireland remain alive in the five-match series which is currently 2-1 in favour of Afghanistan.

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