Will have to make 'most' of reduced game time before T20 World Cup, says Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan admitted that the limited number of fixtures ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia this year serves as an impediment to England's preparations for the tournament. However, the 2019 World Cup-winning skipper heralded the importance of utilising the few chances in time to get much-needed match practice before the advent of the showpiece event.
The absence of global cricket depicts a grim reality of the overreaching effects of the coronavirus pandemic. As cricket boards have already confirmed the possibility of losing millions in financial losses, the ECB last month prolonged the suspension of the game in England and Wales.
The current delay that is expected to last until July 1 has pushed the launch of the inaugural Hundred to 2021 with the County Championship set to be shortened.
England's home summer, originally featuring limited-overs series against Australia, Test encounters against West Indies and Pakistan and three ODIs against Ireland, could see a more condensed schedule leaving little breathing space for players.
Morgan acknowledged the challenges of the upcoming assignments and suggested converting the Ireland ODIs to T20Is to prepare for the World Cup.
"For the last month, everybody has struggled to get a sense of what's possible and what might or might not happen," he said as quoted Sky Sports.
"We may have to make do. If Tests were going on, there would be ways and means we could have meaningful practice games in and around those Ireland games in a similar environment.
"We could have proper opposition and maybe use the England Lions there too to make it as highly competitive as possible."
England's white-ball hegemony in recent years puts them in a favourable position as one of the top contenders for the T20 title.
Despite their respectable standing in the format, they face the problem of reduced game time, like other teams, heading into the World Cup.
"If the T20 World Cup goes ahead in the slot that it's been allocated at the moment, we'll have certainly played a limited amount of cricket before then."
"Given the circumstances, we'll have to see how much cricket we play and the opportunities that land on guys' laps. They'll have to make the most of them."