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.

UP CLOSE WITH… Jacob Mulder

Jacob Mulder played a big part in helping CIYMS win their first Premier League title since 2012 this season.

The Irish international hit 296 runs in the middle order and collected 22 wickets with best figures of 5-22.

Remarkably, Mulder has taken three hat-tricks for CIYMS, and was the only player to achieve the feat in the top-flight in 2018.

Here, the 23-year-old reveals the best player he has played with and against, his favourite ground and more.

First cricket memory?

Playing backyard cricket with the cousins, probably about 9 or 10.

Highest ever score?

101 vs Waringstown (2nd XI)

Best figures?

6/91 off 33 vs North West Warriors

Best player you’ve played with?

Rassie van der Dussen

Best player you’ve played against?

Rashid Khan

Best piece of advice you’ve been given?

After being hit for five consecutive 6s, Christopher Dougherty said “just toss one up here”.

Favorite match you’ve been involved in?

2017 Challenge Cup final

Favorite sport apart from cricket?

AFL

Favourite ground?

Richardson Park (home of South Perth)