Ireland international leg-spinner Jacob Mulder won’t be coming back to CIYMS for the 2021 season after opting to return to Australia.
Born in Perth, the 25-year-old has enjoyed a successful run in the NCU with North Down and CIYMS and his form grabbed the attention of international selectors before he made his debut in September 2016 against Hong Kong at Bready.
Mulder played 14 times in total for Ireland across formats but was released from his central contract by mutual consent in November 2018.
His form has been astonishing for the all-conquering CIYMS in recent times and he picked up 47 wickets in 2019 as the Belmont outfit collected a historic haul of four trophies.
That earned Mulder a recall into the international fold ahead of a Twenty20 series against Scotland and the Netherlands last year but a back injury ruled him out of that competition.
He also played a key role at Inter-Provincial level for the Northern Knights and developed a reputation as one of, if not the, best white ball spinner at Ireland’s disposal.
Mulder, who will leave Northern Ireland in December, admits it was a tough decision to make but took time to thank everyone who was involved in his Irish experience.
“There’s way too many people to thank individually but I’d like to thank everyone at CIYMS for giving me the opportunity to come over eight years ago as a young kid just looking to avoid a winter back home,” he said.
“I had no idea and couldn’t predict what has happened since. I’ve had some great experiences and even better times in my eight seasons.
“Playing for CI initially then getting thrown a lifeline by North Down when I was on my way home after two seasons – I owe that club a lot and couldn’t be more thankful for my two years at The Green!
“Playing cricket in Belfast is an awesome lifestyle and one that I’ve tried to enjoy as much as I can with friends and family.
“I’ve met some amazing people and made some lifelong friends in this country who will give me plenty of reasons to come back and visit in the future.
“I wish everyone at CIYMS the best for the future and hope they go well in La Manga!”