Following Sir Ian Botham‘s comments over IPL earlier this week, England Cricketer, Eoin Morgan has defended the need and value of Indian T20 league.

Botham rated IPL as “too powerful” during his speech at the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s on Wednesday.

After claiming the event “compounded” the game’s corruption problems – saying it provides “the perfect opportunity for betting and therefore fixing” – Botham suggested that “it shouldn’t be there at all”.

But Morgan, England‘s captain for the T20I against India at Edgbaston, insisted that the IPL had helped him a lot to develop as a player.

He stated that his stints along with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders had provided him the opportunity to work alongside other international players. He suggested that the pressure of playing in front of huge crowds in stadium and on different surfaces had contributed to his improvement as a batsman.

I thought wonders of my experience of the IPL,” Morgan said. “It made me a more skillful player both in Twenty20 and 50-over cricket.

The experience of watching the very best go about their business is huge, so I’m a massive fan. I spent four seasons playing with Jacques Kallis – and I played one season each with Rahul Dravid, Brendon McCullum and Brett Lee. Those are guys I would never have had an opportunity to play with and learn from solely playing at Middlesex. So I’m very grateful for that. I learnt a lot from those guys.

While Morgan having a tough times in international cricket as he hadn’t made even a half-century in his last 12 ODI innings and has managed only 25 runs in his last three T20I innings but still remains as one of the best players England have had in limited-overs cricket.

Some of the situations you are thrown into in the IPL give you a different experience of being an overseas player within a very strong side,” Morgan said. “It means you take on a different role in a team, more responsibility and more pressure.

Being thrown-in in those situations, playing in front of huge crowds, is awesome and again a tough experience but one that holds you in good stead down the line.

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