England skipper Eoin Morgan has confirmed his participation for his team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the second leg of the IPL 2021 on Wednesday. Morgan made the confirmation after his side’s defeat to Northern Superchargers in The Hundred 2021 on Tuesday.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is set to start on 19th September 2021. Earlier, England was scheduled to play a white-ball series against Bangladesh in the September-October window. However, as per the ECB and BCB’s released statements, the series has been postponed until March 2023. With that, it has opened up an opportunity for English players to participate in the second leg of IPL 2021.
“It’s a completely individual decision,” Eoin Morgan said. “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.
“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.”
Earlier, Morgan’s KKR teammate Pat Cummins hinted that he may let the UAE leg of IPL 2021 slip, citing personal reasons.
Before the start of the T20 World Cup 2021, England is left with only two T20Is against Pakistan, scheduled to be played on October 14 and 15th. IPL’s final is also set for October 15, clashing with the series. If England versus Pakistan series goes ahead, it may cause some England players to miss out on the IPL final.