England Captain Eoin Morgan Retires From International Cricket
Eoin Morgan remains the most succesful T20I captain for England (Twitter)

Eoin Morgan Retires From International Cricket

England captain Eoin Morgan, who was instrumental in changing the way England played limited overs cricket has called time on his international career spanning more than 16 years on Tuesday. The announcement comes after the 35-year-old has been mulling over it for the past couple of weeks, as reported by English media due to poor form and recurring injuries.

Morgan retires as England’s leading run scorer and possibly the most succesful ODI captain, having scored 6957 runs in 225 ODIs that includes 13 centuries. The left-hander had scored 7701 runs in ODI cricket overall, with 14 centuries.

“After careful deliberation and consideration, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect,” Morgan said, according to a statement released by ECB.

“To call time on what has been without doubt the most enjoyable and rewarding chapter of my career hasn’t been an easy decision, but I believe now is the right time to do so, both for me, personally, and for both England white-ball sides I have led to this point,” he added.

“From my start in the international arena with Ireland to winning the World Cup in 2019, I have never lost sight of how integral family support is to any international sportsperson. To my Mum and Dad, my wife, Tara, and our family around the world, thank you for your unconditional support throughout the good and more challenging times in my career. Without you all, this incredible journey would not have been possible,” said the statement.

“I must also thank my teammates, coaches, supporters, and those behind the scenes who have made my career and any successes possible. I am hugely proud of what I have achieved as a player and captain, but the things I will cherish and remember the most are the memories I made with some of the greatest people I know along the way,” the statement read.

“I have been lucky enough to play in two World Cup winning teams, but I believe the future for England’s white-ball teams is brighter than ever. We have more experience, more strength and more depth than ever before. I look forward to watching on with a huge level of excitement,” the England captain said.

“To what lies ahead for me, I will continue to enjoy playing at a domestic level while I can. I’m really looking forward to playing and captaining London Spirit in the second edition of The Hundred this year,” the statement further read.

Having won 76 matches out of 126 that he captained, Morgan has a win percentage of 65.25 and was the man behind England resurgence in ODI cricket. The 2019 World Cup win remains the highlight of his career among other things that he has achieved – one being the most succesful T20I captain in the history of the game with 42 wins to his name out of 72 matches.

“Eoin was an exceptional talent from his early days with the Ireland team and over the years he developed into a top-class batter and captain, leading England’s resurgence in limited-overs cricket culminating in that quite extraordinary World Cup victory at Lord’s in 2019,” ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said on Morgan’s retirement.

“On behalf of the ICC, I congratulate him for an outstanding career and wish him every success in the next phase of his career,” he further added.

Rob Key, Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, said: “On behalf of the ECB and everyone involved in cricket, I’d like to thank Eoin Morgan for his outstanding contribution to the game.”

“It will be wrong to think Eoin’s legacy was just winning the World Cup in 2019; it is far greater than that. As with all great players and leaders, he has changed the way the game has been played, and he has changed the way an entire generation and generations to come will play this form of the game. His legacy within the game will be felt for many years to come. He is, without question, the best leader I have seen. I wish him well in the next chapter of his career,” Key further added.