Eoin Morgan, England’s white-ball captain who also leads Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, claims that a lot of Indian players are interested in being a part of his country’s ambitious ‘The Hundred’ league as well as other franchise events across the globe.
Eoin Morgan also urged the game’s administrators to have a roadmap for the next 10 years to ensure that top players are not forced to choose a lucrative private league career over international cricket.
Eoin Morgan: Indian Cricketers Wouls Love To Play In The Hundred
BCCI doesn’t allow any Indian player to play in any foreign T20 or T10 league. A player is only allowed to play the league once he retires from Indian cricket. Suresh Raina and Robin Uthappa have urged BCCI to allow non-contracted players to play in foreign leagues. Yuvraj Singh and Manpreet Gony were only given NOCs to play Global T20 Canada and T10 league after they retired from Indian cricket – including IPL.
“Just having conversations out here about ‘The Hundred’, I know that there are Indian cricketers out here who would love to play in The Hundred and other competitions around the world,” Morgan told ‘Sky Sports’ during an interaction but did not take any names.
“They love travelling and experiencing new conditions and cultures, and they would add huge value to a tournament like that,” he added.
The Hundred is a franchise-based 100-ball cricket event that was supposed to start last year in England. However, the COVID-19 pandemic led to its postponement to this year. Eoin Morgan said the ICC is not doing enough to accommodate the countries which are losing players to private leagues.
“My biggest worry is that the game isn’t changing and accommodating the pace at which it is growing.”
“It is definitely an area of concern and one that needs improvement going forward because you play against countries and some aren’t able to play their best XIs because they are competing against big leagues around the world,” Morgan told former England skipper Nasser Hussain during the chat.
BCCI does not want its players to promote any other league. The players are allowed to play first-class and List A matches outside India primarily because these matches don’t attract much crowd, which means they aren’t really promoting that league.
Chris Woakes, Dom Sibley, Moeen Ali, Adam Zampa, Shaheen Afridi, Zak Crawley, Eoin Morgan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nabi, Glenn Maxwell, Mark Wood, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Nicholas Pooran, Kagiso Rabada, Harry Gurney, Shadab Khan, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sunil Narine, Jason Roy, Andre Russell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Joe Root, Rashid Khan, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Liam Plunkett, Kieron Pollard, Jhye Richardson, Jake Ball are some of the prominent names playing The Hundred.
Eoin Morgan: It’s A Mistake To Have All 3 Formats Overlap
Eoin Morgan cautioned ICC that in another decade’s time, the franchise leagues will take over international cricket.
“Whoever is in charge needs to think about what that looks like in 10 years’ time because if they don’t manage it, franchise leagues around the world will become more dominant.”
According to Eoin Morgan, the mistake that the custodians of the game have made is not segregating the three formats properly.
“One of the biggest mistakes we make as a sport is having all three formats overlap or not recognizing the roles that they play within the game. T20 cricket is an avenue for a young kid who has never seen the game and sees this big shiny thing on TV with stars and the ball being blasted everywhere.”
“50-over cricket has a different dynamic, it gives you a little bit of everything all in one day. Test match cricket is our most prestigious game for our elite players. It will always be like that and for very few countries around the world, it is prioritized,” Morgan analyzed.
Eoin Morgan also opined that IPL, which started in 2008, changed cricket with the passion and energy it brought in with it. Different generations are having different preferences because of the same reason. The 2019 World Cup-winning captain made a return to the Kolkata Knight Riders set-up in 2020 and scored 418 runs in 14 games averaging 41.8 and was handed the captaincy in the middle of IPL 2020 as Dinesh Karthik relinquished the job.