Max Sorensen’s move to the NCU with Challenge Cup holders CIYMS is off.
The Ireland fast bowler was due to move to Belmont for the 2016 season after apparently cutting ties with his long-time club, The Hills.
However, CI and Sorensen have agreed to a mututal cancellation of the contract before the 29-year-old has played a single match.
CI unveiled Sorensen in a blaze of publicity in October, but it is understood that they became concerned about his potential availability given a possible increased workload with Ireland in light of John Mooney’s retirement.
It is also thought that Sorensen voiced concern about whether he was really wanted in the Northern Knights interprovincial set-up.
He is now expected to stay with The Hills, who are not bringing South African wicketkeeper-batsman Nic Pretorius back to Milverton. Pretorius has instead moved to Phoenix.
A CI spokesman said: “It became clear that Max wouldn’t be able to commit to all our games next season and had concerns about his selection for inter provincial games.
“It was decided that it was best for both parties to let Max remain in Leinster. Whilst it is disappointing we already have a very strong seam bowling attack and this gives one of our young players the opportunity to get regular overs in the Premier League under the tutelage of Justin Kemp. We would like to wish Max every success for the busy season ahead and the future.”
CI are now expected to sign another player from outside the NCU.