IPL 2021 Phase 2: Great News for KKR, Eoin Morgan confirms availability for IPL 2021

IPL 2021 Phase 2: Great News for KKR, Eoin Morgan confirms availability for IPL 2021
IPL 2021 Phase 2: Great News for KKR, Eoin Morgan confirms availability for IPL 2021

IPL 2021 Phase 2: Great News for KKR, Eoin Morgan confirms availability for IPL 2021 – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed his availability for the IPL 2021 phase to scheduled to kick start on September 19 in UAE. The news came a day after England’s tour of Bangladesh was postponed to 2023.

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England’s Men’s planned tour of Bangladesh, which was due to take place in September and October, will now take place in March 2023, it has been confirmed. The England and Wales Cricket Board and the Bangladesh Cricket Board have mutually decided to reschedule the tour, which includes three One Day Internationals and three T20 internationals.
The tour is planned to take place in the first two weeks of March 2023, with three ODIs and three T20Is due to take place at the SBNCS, Dhaka, and the ZACS, in Chattogram, the ECB said in a release.

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IPL 2021 Phase 2: “It’s a completely 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,” KKR captain Morgan said.

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Morgan, who is playing for London Spirit in The Hundred, confirmed the news after his side was beaten by Northern Superchargers at Lord’s on Tuesday night.

“We have 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,” Morgan added

Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments had on Tuesday morning said the BCCI had received the green signal from the England and Wales Cricket Board on the participation of the English players and is the perfect example of the brilliant working relation BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has with the English and Bangladesh cricket board.

“The English players will be available for the resumption of the IPL in the UAE. The BCCI has the green signal. This shows the brilliant working relationship that the secretary has with not just the ECB, but also the BCB,” the source said.

Last month, the BCCI announced the schedule for the remainder of the IPL 2021 which will be held in the UAE. A total of 31 matches will be played in the duration of 27 days. The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

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IPL 2021 Phase 2: IPL will take place in UAE in the September-October window after which ICC T20 World Cup will take place in UAE organised by BCCI. Playing IPL will give England’s white-ball cricketers much-needed experience of playing in UAE.

This is a major relief for Kolkata Knight Riders as they would have been required to find a new player to captain the side for the rest of the season. Morgan took over the captaincy from Dinesh Karthik last season.