Cricket Ireland (CI) have suspended all-rounder John Mooney for three matches after he posted an 'offensive and inappropriate' tweet reacting to the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
He has been suspended for the first One-Day International against Pakistan in May and two Inter-Provincial matches beginning on 6th and 14th May respectively.
Cricket Ireland have named a list of 17 players who have been awarded contracts for the 2013 season, with Max Sorensen among those being rewarded.
After an impressive 2012 season, Sorensen has been awarded an 'A' grade contract along with Trent Johnston, John Mooney, Alex Cusack and Kevin O'Brien.
Ireland always seem to perform better than they perhaps ought to in World Cups and this one in Sri Lanka should be no different. Following an excellent performance in the 2011 50-over World Cup, also on the subcontinent, they will be hoping to further press their long-stated aim to be awarded Full Member status with another strong showing this time around.
Unfortunately, they will have to make do without the services of key all-rounder John Mooney, who was ruled out with a fractured finger. He has been replaced by young all-rounder Stuart Thompson.
Ireland have been dealt a sizeable blow ahead of next month's World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka with the news that influential all-rounder John Mooney has been ruled out with a fractured finger. He sustained the injury while playing for his club side North County and is expected to be out of action for three months.
Ireland moved up to ninth position in the ICC Twenty20 International world rankings by holding their nerve to secure a two-run win and resulting series whitewash in the third match against Kenya in Mombasa. John Mooney held his nerve in the final over of the innings, as Kenya, needing just seven to win, could only manage four.
Cricket Ireland unveiled Irelandâ€™s oldest bakery, Johnston Mooney & Oâ€™Brien as official baked goods supplier to the Irish Cricket team.
Welcoming the announcement were Irish cricket stars Trent Johnston, John Mooney and Kevin Oâ€™Brien, who, as well as being widely regarded as three of Irelandâ€™s finest cricketers, also share a namesake with the famous Irish brand.
Ireland beat Namibia by 26 runs in the first of two one-day games held in Belfast as Namibia's tour finally got underway following the abandonment of the ICC Intercontinental Cup match.
Ireland had half-centuries from John Mooney (86) and Niall O'Brien (57) to thank as they reached 241 before being bowled out before they dismissed Namibia for 215 in reply.