Ireland have drafted Max Sorensen in to replace Tim Murtagh in their 15-man World Cup squad after the veteran Middlesex paceman was ruled out through injury.
The 33-year-old Murtagh suffered a stress fracture in his right foot during training in Dubai earlier this month and returned to the UK to undergo surgery.
After it became clear that Murtagh would not be fully fit in time for the start of the World Cup, Ireland have decided to call up 29-year-old Sorensen in his place - a move that has been approved by the International Cricket Council’s event technical committee.
Ireland head coach Phil Simmons said on www.cricketireland.ie: “It is heart-breaking news for Tim so close to the World Cup and the squad and all staff at Cricket Ireland are thinking of him.
“We are lucky that Max has been out here in Dubai with us as part of a group of fast bowlers and is well placed to join the squad straight away for what is a tough tournament ahead in Australia and New Zealand.”
Ireland have been drawn in Pool B of the World Cup, alongside South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe and the UAE. They play the West Indies in their first match in Nelson on February 16.