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Eoin Morgan confirms his participation in the UAE leg of IPL 2021

By Bet Barter

August 4, 2021

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan has announced his decision to participate in the second half of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) set to be held in the UAE from September 19. The decision from Morgan comes after the England Cricket Board (ECB) decided to postpone its limited-overs tour to Bangladesh.

Originally the six white-ball games were planned to be held in the first few weeks of September, but due to the impending COVID-19 threat both, Bangladesh and England boards decided to postpone it to March 2023.

With a relatively free window and time, Morgan has confirmed his availability for KKR in the remaining matches of IPL. Morgan spoke about the same after his match against Northern Superchargers on Tuesday night in The Hundred and said the participation of other England players was a matter of their personal choice.

"It's a complete individual decision," 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,” Morgan said according to ESPNCricinfo.

"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."