In an interview to reporters on Zoom, England captain Eoin Morgan said that his squad would have to manage with the limited opportunities they get to prepare for the T20 World Cup which is currently scheduled to begin in the month of October. The England and Wales Cricket Board extended the commencement of the Cricket season in their country until July 1 due to the exasperating existence of the coronavirus which has infected over 3.52 million people globally causing more than 250,000 deaths.
Morgan believes that there are doubts about Australia’s limited overs tour of England in July, but the 3 One Day Internationals against Ireland in September could be converted into T20s to help them prepare for the World Cup. He said, “For the last month, everybody has struggled to get a sense of what’s possible and what might or might not happen. 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.”
The ICC have said late last month that they were still planning to go through the plan of scheduling the T20 World Cup in October, although Cricket Australia has conceded the entire international schedule is in disarray due to the pandemic. According to Morgan, the reduction in game time in the shortest format ahead of the World Cup was not ideal.
“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,” Morgan added.
The last time the England Cricket team were in action was in the T20 series against South Africa earlier this year. England were supposed to tour Sri Lanka for a two Test match series after that, but the tour was cancelled after two practice matches due to the emergence of COVID-19.