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Brendan Taylor, Zimbabwe’s temporal skipper, issued an apology on behalf of the entire Zimbabwean team on account of an article published by one of their leading daily, which staunchly criticized the Irish pacer John Mooney regarding his controversial boundary-line catch that squandered the African team’s World Cup quest this Saturday.
Taylor took to Twitter after the Ireland board contemplated on taking legal action against the Zimbabwe Herald over the blatantly criticized article on Mooney. Ireland were taking over India, when the article by Zimbabwe Herald journalist Robson Sharuko was published online, and within a short span of time it gathered wide condemnations from around the globe.
Mooney took a match deciding, debatable catch of Sean Williams in the 47th over, who was playing on 96 runs and was looking to snatch away the victory from the jaws of Ireland. The piece rose a strong question on Mooney’s conviction, morality and sportsmanship regarding that catch, which is encompassed around the controversy that his foot might have been in contact with the padding on the boundary rope when the catch was taken.
Sharuko’s piece connects the controversial catch story to Mooney’s battle with alcohol and depression, which the Irish pacer openly confessed on a radio channel in order to raise awareness regarding the mental health illness for cricketers.
What outraged the Ireland’s board, was the personal nature of the piece which blatantly accused and targeted Mooney’s personal life, which prompted Warren Deutrom, Cricket Ireland’s chief executive to lodge a legal case against the same.
However, Taylor chose to criticize his side’s poor fielding and rendered it as one of the major reason for his team’s defeat against Ireland. Though, Zimbabwe might be out of this tournament, they’ve still got a chance to prove their mettle in their last pool game against the defending champions, India at Auckland’s Eden Park on this coming Saturday.