England skipper Eoin Morgan has confirmed that he will return to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE. The tournament is set to start on September 19. This confirmation comes from him after England’s tour of Bangladesh was postponed mutually by the two cricket boards.
Morgan spoke about playing in the IPL after his side London Spirit lost to the Northern Superchargers in the The Hundred on Tuesday. He also stated that the decision to play in the IPL will be personal choice for other contracted England players. If someone wants to rest, they can take it during that period according to Morgan.
“It’s a complete individual decision. 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,” he said according to ESPNCricinfo.
England still have to T20Is to be played in Pakistan on October 14 and 15 and it could create a clash with the final of the IPL slated to be played on October 15 as well. As of now, ECB and PCB both the boards are confident that the tour will go ahead.