‘Make Most of The Opportunities’: Morgan On Limited Chances To Prepare Before T20 World Cup
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England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan says players will have to maximise their limited chances to prepare for the upcoming ICC Twenty20 World Cup, scheduled for later this year in Australia. The quadrennial event is slated to be played in October-November this year. The England and Wales Cricket Board last month extended the suspension of the professional game in the country until July 1 due to the spread of novel coronavirus outbreak, which has infected over 3.52 million people globally.

At the end of April, Cricket authorities said they are still planning for the World Cup in October, although Cricket Australia has conceded the entire international schedule is up in the air due to the virus. However, Morgan said there are doubts about Australia’s limited-overs tour of England in July.

“One of the big positives before the outbreak of the virus was that the guys were going to play all of the Pakistan league, all of the IPL, all of the T20 Blast, and get a lot of exposure to T20 cricket in the build-up and hence lots of opportunity for positions,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Morgan as saying.

“But I think given the circumstances, we’ll have to wait and see how much cricket we play and the opportunities that land on guys’ laps. They’ll have to make the most of them because they are very limited ones at the moment,” he added.

The 33-year-old Morgan believes that England’s three-match ODI series against Ireland in September should be converted into a T20 rubber in order to get some practice done ahead of the T20 World Cup.

“We have to make do. If Tests were going on, there would be ways and means we could have meaningful practice games in and around those Ireland games in a similar environment,” said Morgan.

“We’ll have to wait and see how much cricket we play and the opportunities that land on guys’ laps. They’ll have to make the most of them because they are very limited ones at the moment,” he added.

Morgan said reduced game time in the shortest format ahead of the World Cup was not ideal.

“If the T20 World Cup goes ahead in the slot that it’s been allocated at the moment, we’ll have certainly played a limited amount of cricket before then,” he added.

“Given the circumstances we’ll have to see how much cricket we play and the opportunities that land on guys’ laps. They’ll have to make the most of them.”