Pace bowler Rankin, who played for England & Ireland, retires


Dublin, May 21 | Pace bowler Boyd Rankin, who represented Ireland and England and was one of only 15 players to represent two countries in Test cricket, retired from international cricket on Friday.

The 36-year-old, who played two World Cups for Ireland and an Ashes Test for England, played three Tests, 75 ODIs and 50 T20Is in a career spanning 18 years.

Rankin made his international debut for Ireland in 2003 at the age of 19. He played 153 times for his country between 2003 and 2020 in two stints separated by a three-year period in which he represented England.

The 6’8″ tall Rankin got called up for the 2013-14 Ashes tour of Australia. He also represented England in seven ODIs and two T20Is.

He returned to Ireland in time to play in their maiden Test, against Pakistan at Malahide in 2018, claiming their first Test wicket in the same match.

Rankin was also part of the Ireland team that made a mark in the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, which paved the way for their Test status in 2017.

Rankin claimed 229 international wickets at 23.39 apiece for Ireland, finishing his career as the eighth highest Irish wicket-taker at the international level. His two most productive wicket-taking seasons were 2018 and 2019 with 30 and 47 wickets respectively, according to

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
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These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

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The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal


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