Morgan says there should be no issue with him choosing the IPL over England…
England captain Eoin Morgan has been forced to defend his decision to play in the upcoming Indian Premier League after it emerged he would miss his side’s ODI clash with Ireland in early May.
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Morgan chose to take a lucrative deal with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the T20 event, meaning he is now unavailable for his side’s clash with the impressive Irish side.
The IPL runs from April 8 to May 24, with the Ireland game being played in Dublin on May 8.
Morgan confirmed he would miss the game due to his commitments in the Indian Premier League.
“Yeah, that means I won’t go to Ireland,” Morgan was quoted by Sky Sports.
“The chairman of selectors and the director of cricket have allowed the guys who have got picked up in the IPL, or went into the auction, to miss that Ireland game in order to expose themselves to opportunities in the IPL in order to learn more about their game.”
Morgan said his decision to miss the Dublin match was not unusual despite his role as captain.
“No I don’t think it is. Probably if you’re being a little short-sighted it might do, but I think in the longer run it will serve me well,” Morgan said.
“It (playing in the IPL) does give you great confidence, you learn a lot along the way and it gives you great energy.
“Going back to that (the IPL) is a huge privilege.”
Morgan will lead England into its World Cup crunch-game with co-hosts New Zealand on Friday at 1am (GMT)