Tuesday, May 5, 2020

England need to 'make' with limited T20 opportunities before World Cup: Eoin Morgan

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COVID-19 epidemic, limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan said England players would have to "do" with limited opportunities to prepare for the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in Australia later this year.

The England and Wales Cricket Board extended the suspension of professional sports in the country until July 1 last month due to a novel coronavirus outbreak, infecting more than 3.52 million people worldwide, causing more than 250,000 deaths.

Cricket officials said that at the end of last month they were still planning for the World Cup in October, although Cricket Australia admitted that the entire international schedule was in the air due to the virus.

Morgan said there is doubt about England's limited-overs tour of Australia in July, but believes his team's three one-day internationals against Ireland in September to help prepare for the World Cup Can be converted to T20.

"For the past month, everyone has struggled to realize what is possible and what may or may not happen," Morgan told reporters.

"We might have to. If there were trials going on, Ireland's games in and around Ireland in a similar environment could be meaningful.

"We can have a fair opposition and maybe use the England Lions as well to make it more and more competitive."

Morgan said that playing time in the shortest format before the World Cup was not short.

"If the T20 World Cup progresses to the slot it is currently allotted, then certainly we would have played a limited amount of cricket before that."

"Given the circumstances, we have to see how much cricket we play and have opportunities to get into people's lap. They have to make the most of them."

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