England’s limited-overs team skipper Eoin Morgan has opened up on his side’s preparations for the upcoming ICC 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The English side is believed to be one of the favourites to win this year’s title as most of their white-ball cricketers are currently in red-hot form. The ‘three lions’ are also the reigning champions of the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup. Moreover, England recently beat Pakistan in both formats, One Day matches (3-0) as well as the 20-over games (2-1).
The England team has followed rampant rotation policy across all formats for the last couple of years to give chances to as many players before coming up with their 15-member squad for T20 WC. Meanwhile, Morgan has stated that the team management is closely monitoring all the prospects and tournaments like The Hundred will further assist them in this process.
“We want as many options as possible. We are continually monitoring different guys. There are certain players we look at that could have avenues in guys that do things differently, left-armers, guys that bowl at pace or have a huge impact on the game, predominantly hit boundaries with the bat. There are still opportunities for guys to do that in the Hundred, and have an outside chance,” said Morgan as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
Eoin Morgan on the playing conditions in the UAE
This year’s 20-over World Cup has been shifted to the UAE which was earlier scheduled to take place in India. The BCCI took this decision owing to the uncertainty over the coronavirus situation in India.
During further interaction, Morgan also talked about playing conditions in the UAE. The Dublin-born was a part of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) squad in IPL 2020 that took place in the Emirates as well.
“Having played in the UAE recently at the time of year that the World Cup is going to take place, the ball actually didn’t turn a great deal. The IPL was played thereafter. I can’t remember what tournament when we were there last time around [in 2020] and the wicket was still fine, good, and held together really well. The curators there did a great job. I don’t think they will [spin]. They might, but I don’t think they will” he added.
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