Ireland news February 4, 2014

Mooney leaves tour with stress-related illness

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland allrounder John Mooney is returning home from Ireland's tour of the West Indies to receive treatment for a stress-related illness. Cricket Ireland stated in a press release that Mooney had been managing the condition with treatment for an unspecified length of time, but his condition deteriorated in the last 24 hours to the point where the decision was made for him to return to Ireland.

"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 the 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. Cricket Ireland will endeavour to do all that it can to aid this process. John and his family has asked for privacy while he recovers and I would urge everyone to respect their wish at this difficult time."

The 31-year-old Dublin native has played 48 ODIs and 23 Twenty20 internationals for Ireland since making his senior team debut in 2000. In December, he was named Man of the Match after figures of 10 for 81 in Ireland's 122-run win in the first-class Intercontinental Cup final over Afghanistan. He also hit the winning boundary to finish with 33 not out in Ireland's famous three-wicket win over England in the 2011 World Cup. On Ireland's current tour of the West Indies, he played one match against Guyana, taking 0 for 21 off three overs before scoring 9 in Ireland's 114-run loss.

Mooney's departure leaves Ireland stretched thin with only 12 players available for their next match on February 7 against Windward Islands. Paul Stirling has missed both games in the Nagico Super50 with a hamstring injury, and Ed Joyce was not due to join the squad until the completion of the Nagico Super50 ahead of Ireland's first Twenty20 against West Indies in Jamaica on February 19. Cricket Ireland has said it will name a replacement for Mooney in due course.

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  • Dummy4 on February 6, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Tatactg is just an internet troll people - He pops out when Ireland don't do well.

    With regards to Ireland using players from Northern Ireland, why not? it's the isle of Ireland.

    Does the same person complain when England enter athletes from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland during their record breaking medal haul in the Olympics.

    With players being better from the North, well I'd go for Ed Joyce, Dockrell, O'Briens, Mooney over Porterfield, Stirling, White, Wilson etc

  • Philip on February 5, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Tatactg - what you mean by 'better half' I'm not sure. But if you're suggesting that half of the team is from the North (let alone the better half) I think you might be mistaken. And as this article is about John Mooney who is from Dublin, the earlier comments about stress being a 'UK phenomenon' are still facually incorrect.

  • reazul on February 5, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    those who are saying Ireland is not part of uk - better half of Ireland cricket is part of uk ( the Northern Ireland bit) .

  • Shyam on February 4, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    Now that KP is not playing for England, can he play for Ireland ?

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    Sorry to see this news. Come on John, you're the man who hit the winning runs against England at the World Cup!

  • Cricinfouser on February 4, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    @corporaterock - Tait, O'Brien, Vincent - seemingly not.

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    Craig Dennis, lack of sunlight in the northern hemisphere has been named as one of the reasons in a few research papers depression rates are higher. Just a theory.

  • Philip on February 4, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    This point may have been nade before but the UK is a different country from Ireland. I'm amazed at the amount of people that don't seem to understand that. Regarding Mooneys illness, I get the impression that people look at mental illness as being different from a physical illness in that it is used as an 'excuse'. As anyone who has suffered from depression or similar illnesses will tell you - not only is it serious, but it can also be far worse that any physical injury in terms of recovery. The more people are open & honest about this the better.

  • Allan on February 4, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    crickluv - So very true. The reason why the players mentioned are from the UK and Ireland probably says more about the professional way in which the game has been set up in these countries that has developed an environment where players feel secure enough to discuss these sort of issues without fear of being ridiculed by press and fans and ostracized by team mates. As soon as the rest of the cricket world catches up you will see players from other countries seeking help for this kind of mental illness. Currently they are likely suffering even more because they do not feel able to talk about it and the last the cricket world sees of them is a prolonged period of poor form resulting in being dropped and it is attributed to half a dozen reasons wide of the mark.

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    This is very odd? It seems to be an illness confined to UK players only? I cannot recall seeing any write ups about players from other countries leaving tours for stress related illnesses? Being away from loved is stressful no doubt. Living in and out of suitcases and hotels is stressful. Seeing the same faces everyday is stressful and familiarity does breed contempt. But why from one region only?

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