Unlucky Max Sorensen sidelined yet again by injury jinx to end African tour with Ireland
Max Sorensen's injury jinx has struck again and his African tour is over.
The Ireland opening bowler has a bulging disc in his back and will miss the remaining two games, including the big match of the tour, the Intercontinental Cup clash against Namibia in Windhoek, starting tomorrow week.
Sorensen, 29, missed the World Cup acclimatisation trip to Australia and New Zealand last year with a broken wrist and was subsequently left out of the initial squad for the finals and now, having played just six games in 2015, is facing an early return home from Zimbabwe.
Stuart Poynter, who was due to fly home after the ODIs, will stay on as his replacement.
The rest of the 14-man squad got in a full practice session yesterday morning before the first rain of the trip hit Harare in the afternoon, but it is not expected to interfere with the four-day game starting here tomorrow against Zimbabwe A, red-ball preparation for the I-Cup match.
Tim Murtagh is expected to be rested after his man of the match performance in the third ODI against Zimbabwe on Tuesday, when he took four wickets and scored 19 not out.
Meanwhile, in Malaysia, the Ireland Under-19 squad, including seven from the NCU and North West, started their bid to reach the World Cup finals today against Papua New Guinea.
Only the winners of the round-robin qualifying tournament, also involving the USA, Nepal - who both won yesterday - and Uganda will reach the finals in Bangladesh.