John Mooney, the Ireland allrounder, has flown back home from the West Indies due to a stress-related illness, according to a report in the Cricket Ireland (CI) website on Tuesday (February 4).
Ireland, who are currently participating in West Indies Cricket Board’s domestic 50-over competition, started their tour with defeats against Guyana and Jamaica. After the 50-over matches, Ireland are scheduled to play two Twenty20 International and a One-Day International against West Indies on February 12, 13 and 15.
Mooney went wicketless against Guyana and scored only 9 as Ireland lost by 114 runs. He was not part of the side that played against Jamaica on Monday, during which the news of his illness was made official.
Mooney, 31, had been receiving treatment for some time, but the condition deteriorated in the last 24 hours and he was sent back to Ireland.
“John Mooney is an incredibly passionate cricketer who has performed with distinction for Ireland over more than a decade, most recently in December with his Man-of-the-Match performance against Afghanistan in the Intercontinental Cup final,” said Warren Deutrom, Cricket Ireland’s chief executive. “However cricketing matters come a poor second where health issues are concerned. The most important thing for John is to get the support and care he needs to aid his recovery – Cricket Ireland will endeavour to do all that it can to aid this process.
“John and his family have asked for privacy while he recovers and I would urge everyone to respect their wish at this difficult time. Cricket Ireland are currently liaising with tournament organisers with regards to naming a replacement for John on the tour and a decision on that will be announced in due course.”
Mooney, who was “severely reprimanded” by CI last year and banned from a ODI after sending a series of controversial tweets after the death of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is one of Ireland’s premier allrounders, having played 48 ODIs and 23 T20Is. He is best remembered for hitting the winning runs in Ireland’s 2011 ICC World Cup game against England at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.