The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed Eoin Morgan’s retirement from international cricket as the white-ball skipper has decided to bid adieu to his career. Not only he has given up on his leadership, but will not be seen on the grounds as a player in England’s cricket matches.
Morgan has contributed positively to the evolution of England’s white-ball cricket, however, his suffering form and fitness have let raised many questions about his participation in the team. In the last 28 innings, the batter could only smash two-half centuries.
Under his captaincy, Morgan won the ICC ODI World Cup 2019 for England, however, a series of injuries followed him later sidelining him from multiple encounters. Recently, he missed the third ODI against the Netherlands, and it looked certain that he is on the verge of giving up his post.
Morgan’s mate Moeen Ali, while talking to BBC’s Test match special revealed that Morgan more thinks about the team and is paving the ways for others to take over England’s limited-overs format’s captaincy. He also hinted that the current vice-skipper, Jos Buttle might be in charge of the leadership.
As quoted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Morgan has stated he feels it is the right time to give up on his boots, however, it was not a piece of cake to decide on it.
“After careful deliberation and consideration, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. To call time on what has been without a doubt the most enjoyable and rewarding chapter of my career hasn’t been an easy decision, but I believe now is the right time to do so, both for me, personally, and for both England white-ball sides I have led to this point.
While talking to ECB, Morgan has cleared that he has not retired from all cricket but will continue to play domestic and first-class versions. His next assignment will be The Hundred 2022, and is all set to lead London Spirit in the tournament.
“To what lies ahead for me, I will continue to enjoy playing at a domestic level while I can. I’m really looking forward to playing and captaining London Spirit in the second edition of The Hundred this year.”
It must be noted that the former skipper has been the all-time leading run-maker in limited-overs cricket for England alongside being the most capped player in T20Is and ODIs. Although he started his international career with Ireland playing 23 ODIs from 2006-09, his career with England has been stellar and 14-year long.
As far as his captaincy is concerned, Morgan took over Sir Alastair Cook ahead of the World Cup 2015 in 2014. His retirement marks 7-year completion of ‘Morgan as England’s white-ball captain’.
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