John Mooney's last appearance for Ireland was during the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-17 match against Namibia © Getty Images
John Mooney’s last appearance for Ireland was during the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-17 match against Namibia © Getty Images

Ireland cricketer John Mooney announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday. The all-rounder cited physical strain due to the demanding nature of the sport, as well as his intention to spend more time with his family as well as shift his focus on his gym and personal training business as the primary reasons. Mooney, who had publicly spoken about his battle with depression, had featured extensively during Ireland’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign, his third World Cup appearance for his side. Mooney announced his decision shortly after getting selected in the Master’s Cricket League (MCL) Players’ Auction that occurred earlier on Monday.

The 33-year-old retires after having represented Ireland in 64 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 27 Twenty20 Internationals (T20I), with his last appearance for his team coming against Namibia in an ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-17 match at Windhoek.

“I’ve decided to call time on what has been a wonderful career in the green of Ireland. At this stage of my career, I’m beginning to think about what comes next, especially commitments to my new gym and personal training business. I’ve always given 100% to the team, and it wouldn’t be fair on them to keep going if I’m not fully committed,” Mooney was quoted as saying according to a report on ESPNCricinfo.

“I’ve also been playing internationally for 14 years and over the past few seasons have found that the intensity and demands of the modern game have placed a considerable strain on my body. It’s also become increasingly difficult to spend such long periods of time away from my wife and young family,” added Mooney.

At the time of his retirement, Mooney was one of the four Ireland players to have featured in three World Cups. He played an important role during Ireland’s giant-killing three-wicket victory over England in the ICC World Cup 2011 in Bangalore, where he came in handy with an unbeaten 33 off 30 balls, helping complete what Kevin O’Brien had so furiously started.

“There are few players who have worn the Irish jersey with as much pride as John Mooney. His passion, fighting qualities and enthusiasm meant he was always someone I was glad was playing for me rather than in the opposition ranks,” Mooney’s skipper William Porterfield was quoted as saying.

“Of course he’ll always be remembered for the game against England in Bangalore but for me his bowling display in the Intercontinental Cup win over Afghanistan summed up for me what he was all about,” added Porterfield.