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Cusack back for Ireland

All-rounder Alex Cusack will return to the Ireland squad for their World Twenty20 qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates next month.

The influential Clontarf player was hampered in the summer and missed the one-day international against England in September with a back injury.

Experienced all-rounder Andrew White has not been included but does make the squad for the Intercontinental Cup final against Afghanistan in December.

Ireland are bidding to reach the World T20 finals for a fourth successive time. The tournament will be held in Bangladesh next spring.

Ireland's squad for the 16-team qualifying event features 12 of the 15 players that made up the party for the 2012 finals in South Africa.

Andrew McBrine, James Shannon and John Mooney are the players to come in.

Coach Phil Simmons said: "There's no secret that I like a lot of experience in my squads and this one's no different.”

Former captain Trent Johnston, 39, is named in both squads but will retire from international cricket at the end of the calendar year.

Six teams from the World T20 qualifier in the UAE will join the 10 full-member nations at the tournament proper, which starts next March.

Ireland squad for World Twenty20 qualifiers, UAE, November 15-30: W Porterfield (capt, Warwickshire), A Cusack (Clontarf), G Dockrell (Somerset), T Johnston (YMCA), E Joyce (Sussex), A McBrine (Donemana), J Mooney (North County), T Murtagh (Middlesex), K O'Brien (Railway Union), N O'Brien (Leicestershire), J Shannon (Instonians), M Sorensen (The Hills), P Stirling (Middlesex), S Thompson (Eglinton), G Wilson (Surrey).

Squad for Inter Continental Cup final v Afghanistan at Global Cricket Academy, Dubai, December 10-14: W Porterfield (capt, Warwickshire), G Dockrell (Somerset), T Johnston (YMCA), E Joyce (Sussex), J Mooney (North County), T Murtagh (Middlesex), K O'Brien (Railway Union), N O'Brien (Leicestershire), M Sorensen (The Hills), P Stirling (Middlesex), S Thompson (Eglinton), A White (Instonians), G Wilson (Surrey).

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