Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mooney heads home for treatment

Ireland allrounder John Mooney is returning home from Ireland’s tour of the West Indies to receive treatment for a stress-related illness.

Mooney had been managing, but his condition has deteriorated to the point where the decision was made for him to return.

“John Mooney is an incredibly passionate cricketer who has performed with distinction for Ireland over more than a decade,” Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom said in a release.

“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.”

The 31-year-old Dublin native has played 48 ODIs and 23 Twenty20 internationals for Ireland since making his senior team debut in 2000.

On Ireland’s current tour of the West Indies, Mooney played one match, against Guyana, taking 0 for 21 in three overs before scoring nine in Ireland’s 114-run loss.

“Cricket Ireland will endeavour to do all that it can to aid this process,” said Deutrom.

“John and his family have asked for privacy while he recovers and I would urge everyone to respect their wish at this difficult time.”

Mooney’s departure leaves Ireland stretched thin with only 12 players available for their next match, on Friday, against Windward Islands. —CMC