England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan is available for the second half of the IPL in the UAE. He will lead Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021.
“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. We’ve 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.”
Speaking to ANI, sources stated that the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed the participation of the English players.
“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.
The 14th edition of the league was postponed in May this year following the emergence of the COVID-19 cases within the franchises. The second leg will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.