Eoin Morgan has confirmed his participation in the second leg of the Indian Premier League, which was postponed earlier this year after 29 games due to a spate of Covid-19 cases in the camps of four different teams across two cities.
The rescheduled season will commence in the UAE in September, where the remaining 31 games will be played across three venues (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah).
This was incidentally the same window where England was scheduled to tour Bangladesh for three ODIs and as many T20Is. However, with that tour now postponed to March 2023, all of England’s IPL players are free to resume their duties as the 14th edition of the IPL resumes.
Eoin Morgan: Not A Bad Thing For England Cricketers To Take Time Off Or Go To The UAE To Participate In The IPL 2021
BCCI has confirmed that the English players will be available for the resumption of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be held in the UAE from September 19. The postponement of the England-Bangladesh series has opened the doors for the English players to use the IPL as preparatory ground for the T20I World Cup which gets underway just after the IPL at the same venue.
Eoin Morgan, on Tuesday, stated: “I think it was a win-win either way. If we went to Bangladesh we’d play in conditions that are foreign to us. If some guys go to the IPL, they’ll play in similar conditions [to the World Cup] or for guys that need a rest, they take a rest.”
“We’ve a lot of cricket to play between now and then. We’ve planned on the tour going ahead – that’s been part of our planning for a long time now – but equally, given the nature in which we now compete and live our lives, it’s not a bad thing for guys to either take time off or go to the IPL if they feel refreshed and have enough energy,” said Eoin Morgan.
England’s IPL contingent includes Moeen Ali and Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings), Sam Billings, Tom Curran, and Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals), Eoin Morgan (Kolkata Knight Riders), Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan (Punjab Kings), Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals), and Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy (Sunrisers Hyderabad).
Rajasthan Royals also had Liam Livingstone, Jofra Archer, and Ben Stokes, although all of them were either injured or unavailable during the first leg.
KKR was placed in the 7th spot in IPL 2021 before it got suspended with 4 points, after just managing 2 wins from 7 matches. Eoin Morgan, the 2019 England World Cup-winning skipper, also could only score 92 runs in 7 matches and failed to score runs for the team on many occasions.
BCCI Received Green Signal From BCB On Participation Of England Players In IPL
Sources in the know of developments said the BCCI has received the green signal from the England and Wales Cricket Board on the participation of the English players and is the perfect example of the brilliant working relation BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has with the English and Bangladesh cricket board.
England and Bangladesh were set to play three ODIs and three T20Is in September-October 2021. But the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury has said the board is trying to reschedule the series against England after the T20 World Cup. England is still set to tour Pakistan for a two-match T20I series which will take place October 14 and October 15 before the T20 World Cup 2021 and the tour is still onboard.
Last month, the BCCI announced the schedule for the remainder of the IPL 2021 which will be held in the UAE. A total of 31 matches will be played in the duration of 27 days. The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings led by MS Dhoni and Mumbai Indians led by Rohit Sharma.
The action will then shift to Abu Dhabi where the Kolkata Knight Riders will square off against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sharjah will host its first game on September 24 when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Chennai Super Kings. In all, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and 8 in Abu Dhabi.