Jacob Mulder set to miss World Twenty20 qualifiers

Irish leg-spinner Jacob Mulder is set to miss the Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates after picking up a stress reaction in his lower back.

The 24-year-old had been recalled to the national squad for the first time since 2017 for a tri-series against Scotland and the Netherlands in Dublin, which was due to get underway on Sunday but the opening match was cancelled due to rain.

Mulder, who was released from a central contract last November, has been in the form of his life for club side CIYMS in 2019, picking up a league-high 47 wickets as the Belmont outfit lifted four trophies in total.

He would have offered Ireland a dynamic bowling option and had started his international career off in fine style after picking up 12 wickets in eight T20I matches with best figures of 4-16.

Mulder will now miss the qualifying stage as Ireland look to reach the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia next year, with the action set to get underway on October 18 when Ireland take on Hong Kong.

The injury was first felt towards the end of a series of Inter-Squad matches that took place at YMCA and will be a big blow to selectors who would have viewed Mulder as a threat in the Middle East conditions.

Mulder will now face a period of four-five weeks without bowling before stepping up his recovery period ahead of a busy 2020 schedule.

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