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Ronnie Irani

Ronnie Irani
Personal information
Full name Ronald Charles Irani
Born (1971-10-26) 26 October 1971 (age 42)
Leigh, Lancashire, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 577) 6 June 1996 v India
Last Test 22 August 1999 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 137) 23 May 1996 v India
Last ODI 26 February 2003 v India
ODI shirt no. 15
Domestic team information
1990–1993 Lancashire
1994–2007 Essex
Source: Cricinfo, 19 April 2009

Ronald Charles "Ronnie" Irani (born 26 October 1971) is a former England cricketer who spent most of his career at Essex County Cricket Club, latterly as captain. He is of Irani descent, the Iranis being a community of Persian Zoroastrians who immigrated to India during the British Raj. He played only three Tests for England, with decidedly mixed success, but found a niche in One Day Internationals. Irani was a genuine all-rounder until a knee injury in 2003 forced him to stop bowling and play as a specialist batsman. The recurring nature of this injury led to Irani being forced to retire prematurely from first-class cricket in June 2007.


Irani's father Jimmy Irani arrived in Bolton from Bombay in 1961 to play a summer's club cricket. During that summer he met 16-year-old Lancastrian Anne Main. The two married and had a son, Ronnie. Jimmy Irani was an enthusiastic and successful club cricketer who often put up overseas players, such as Farokh Engineer and Javed Miandad, during Ronnie's childhood.[1]


He started his career playing for Lancashire in 1990, before he moved to Essex in 1994.[2] At Essex, he gained cult status,[3] before he became captain in 2000,[4] and is generally accepted to have done a decent job in charge, helping to bring through promising players such as Alastair Cook, Will Jefferson and Ravi Bopara. After Graham Gooch stepped down as the club's head coach prior to the start of the 2005 season, Irani assumed some of these responsibilities in addition to his role as county captain.[3]

In June 2007, he rejected a new contract with Essex and announced his retirement from first class cricket at the end of the 2007 season. He retired with immediate effect later that month.[5] After his retirement, he took on a position at talkSPORT, where he co-hosted, until 2013, The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast with former Scottish international footballer Alan Brazil.[6]

He is known by many sports fans for an "Exercise" routine during an England One Day International. He was doing a warm-up while fielding, and unbeknownst to Irani, the Australian fans were imitating his routine behind his back. When he discovered what they were doing, he played up to the fans and became more pacey as to make the fans carry on even more.[7]

In 2013, he was part of a celebrity 'consortium' (along with Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans) who clubbed together to pay for Paul Gascoigne to receive treatment for alcoholism in the US.[8]


Preceded by
Graham Beecroft
TalkSport breakfast show host

with Alan Brazil

Succeeded by

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