Eoin Morgan, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper has headed to the Maldives as the foreign players who were part of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) started exiting India after the tournament was postponed.
England and Kolkata Knight Riders captain, Eoin Morgan, has headed to the Maldives alongside pacer Pat Cummins, all-rounder Ben Cutting and mentor David Hussey.
Eoin Morgan Heads To Maldives After IPL 2021 Was Indefinitely Postponed
The 14th season of the Indian Premier League was suspended for an indefinite period by the BCCI earlier this week due to multiple covid cases across four different franchises, including Kolkata Knight Riders. With the IPL getting suspended, overseas players have started leaving the country.
The official Twitter account of KKR posted the update about Eoin Morgan’s departure that read:
Taking to Twitter, KKR wrote: “#KKR Overseas Players & Support Staff Travel Update: Goodbye to the Skipper, Mentor, Carnage Cummins and our ace all-rounder as they safely exit the Indian border into the Maldives. Wishing you legends safe transit home & see you soon! @DavidHussey29 #IPL2021 #StaySafe.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Danny Reuben — head of team communication for the England cricket team – had confirmed that 8 players were back in the UK and the remaining three players were set to leave India in the next 48 hours.
“I can confirm that 8 of the 11 England players in India managed to get on a flight to Heathrow last night and have landed this morning. They will now quarantine in government-approved hotels. The remaining three — Jordan, Malan, Morgan — should leave India within the next 48 hours,” he had told India.
An Irish-born Englishman with a reputation for inventive and audacious stroke-play, Eoin Morgan has proved to be one of the most innovative players in international cricket. Eoin Morgan is a natural finisher. He has spent most of his IPL career with KKR but represented the Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2015 and 2016 and played for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in 2017.
The 2019 World Cup-winning captain made a return to the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2020 after being one of the top buys for KKR in the 2020 IPL Auction. He also took over captaincy duties from Dinesh Karthik mid-season in 2020 and under him, KKR is placed 7th with 2 wins and 5 losses (4 points). Eoin Morgan failed with the bat amassing 92 runs in 7 games averaging a dismal 15.33 at a below-par strike rate of 112.19.
Eoin Morgan Is In the Maldives With The Australian Contingent
Jonny Bairstow (SunRisers Hyderabad), Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals), Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings), Tom Curran (Delhi Capitals), Sam Billings (Delhi Capitals), Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals), Moeen Ali (Chennai Super Kings) and Jason Roy (SunRisers Hyderabad) were the eight players who arrived in the UK on Wednesday, reported Sky Sports.
The Australian contingent is also currently in the Maldives as they look to follow the protocols of the Australian government to get a clearance to return home.
While postponing the league on Tuesday, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said the Indian board didn’t wish to compromise on the safety of those involved in the league.
“The BCCI and the IPL GC have unanimously decided to postpone the 2021 season till further notice. We don’t wish to compromise the safety of the players, the people involved, the employees, the groundsmen, the match officials, every single person involved,” Jay Shah had said.
The IPL 2021 season had to be suspended after 29 games in the campaign. Indian Premier League Governing Council chairman, Brijesh Patel, has confirmed that the BCCI is looking at pre and post-T20 World Cup windows to organize the remaining IPL 2021 games. When asked about the plans in store for the league to return, Brijesh Patel said that the remaining 31 games of IPL 2021 are likely to either be held before this year’s T20 World Cup or after it.