Ireland paceman Boyd Rankin to miss T20 series against Afghanistan

Boyd Rankin
Ireland hope Boyd Rankin will return for the one-day gamers against Afghanistan in Greater Noida

Ireland bowler Boyd Rankin has been ruled out of the T20 series against Afghanistan because of a back problem.

The former England paceman has been suffering from a "lower back issue", but is expected to feature in the five-match ODI series beginning next week.

Ireland play the Afghans in three T20s in India, staring on Wednesday.

"We're happy with the progress Boyd is making and feel confident that he will still make an impact on this tour," said Irish head coach John Bracewell.

"We are lucky that we have cover at present."

Bracewell added that bowler Tim Murtagh would be available for the ODI series following the birth of his second child.

The matches in Greater Noida conclude with an Intercontinental Cup encounter on 28-31 March.

Ireland fixtures
Afghanistan8 March (T20)
Afghanistan10 March (T20)
Afghanistan12 March (T20)
Afghanistan15 March (ODI)
Afghanistan17 March (ODI)
Afghanistan19 March (ODI)
Afghanistan22 March (ODI)
Afghanistan24 March (ODI)
Afghanistan28-31 March (Intercontinental Cup)

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