Dubai, Jan 19: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the cricket World Cup 2015 starting next month approved Max Sorensen to replace Timothy Murtagh in Ireland's squad for the tournament. [Full itinerary of WC 2015]
Murtagh, 33, who is sustaining a stress fracture in his right foot, has been ruled out of the tournament. Sorensen on the other hand, has played eight one-day internationals in which he has scored 97 runs and taken 12 wickets. Twenty-nine-year-old Sorensen last played for Ireland against Scotland in Dublin in September last year. [Ireland squad announced for 2015 WC: William Porterfield to lead]
Any replacement related to injury can be made only after a written submission to the Event Technical Committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner. Once replaced, a player may not return to the squad excepting an approved subsequent replacement for another injured player.
The ICC's Event Technical Committee of the upcoming World Cup includes Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager - Cricket, Chairman), Campbell Jamieson (ICC General Manager - Commercial), Gavin Larsen (Cricket Operations Manager, New Zealand), John Harnden (Chief Executive, CWC 2015 LOC), Russel Arnold and Sanjay Manjrekar (independent nominees).
Ireland, who are clubbed with India, Pakistan, the West Indies, South Africa, Zimbabwe and the UAE in Pool B of the 2015 World Cup, will play their opening match against the Caribbeans at Saxton Oval in Nelson on February 16.