New father Eoin Morgan wants to do everything he can to make sure cricket is played during the English summer, even if it means English red and white ball teams are playing international playoffs simultaneously.
Morgan, the British limited liability captain, said that given the severity of the coronavirus pandemic and the lingering uncertainty surrounding its impact, he saw “all options viable during this extraordinary time”.
“The serious nature of the economic and financial situation for the game is something we have never encountered,” said Morgan. “Certainly, from a player’s point of view, we want to do everything we can to try to get things done.
“If there is an opportunity to play as much cricket as possible, I would like to think that every player would be behind. I certainly am. But obviously times are still uncertain at the moment.
“In reality, we can’t think of playing, when our first game will take place, or how much we will play until the situation is downgraded from a pandemic. As ridiculous as it sounds, this is how bad it is serious.”
READ ALSO: PCA blocks at the request of the ECB for a 20% wage reduction
The ECB has declared that no professional cricket will be played in England or Wales before May 28 and is working on various scenarios to tighten up the national season – including the new Hundreds competition – and international tours of the West Indies, Australia and Pakistan in a shortened period starting in June, July or August. The county championship was scheduled to start on April 12, with seven rounds of games scheduled until May 27.
As it stands, England is expected to play a series of three tests against the West Indies in June, T20 and ODI series against Australia in July and three tests against Pakistan from the end of July until August. Changes to this calendar now seem inevitable.
International games, the T20 Blast and the Hundred will be given priority in any reworked season as the most financially important competitions for first class counties, but there is no guarantee that cricket will be played during this northern summer. There are also doubts as to whether the T20 World Championship will take place in Australia in October and November, Morgan’s next world tournament, which led the victorious campaign for England’s 50-year-old World Cup l last year.
Morgan was also taking a broader view of the world since his wife Tara gave birth to their first child, a son named Leo, three weeks ago.
“We were concerned about taking care of the baby,” said Morgan. “We were given a very good hand regarding the things that are going on right now that have been blocked for a while, and we were under no pressure to go play cricket, which was really nice . ” . “