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Experience of playing Test cricket was important in my evolution: Eoin Morgan

The 34-year-old will lead Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL
Eoin Morgan

Our Bureau   |   Calcutta   |   Published 03.04.21, 03:24 AM

England’s limited overs captain Eoin Morgan believes the T20 franchise leagues around the world must not grow unchecked at the expense of Test cricket.

The 34-year-old, who will lead Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, insisted that the game’s administrators must strive to create a global schedule that allows all three formats of the sport to grow.

“Ultimately younger players always give you a great insight into where cricket is at right now,” said Morgan during an interview with Sky Sports.

“Our youngest, best talents coming through like our Sam Curran or India’s Shubman Gill who are coming in and starting out on their journey in international cricket are really prioritising Test match cricket.

“That to me means that even amongst the popularity that T20 has brought to the game, and the glitz, the glamour, the revenue streams it has brought in — cricket is in a really healthy place.

“The biggest question that we will have, is what is the relevance of the three formats and where do they stand?”

“Up until a certain age you should play everything — you can’t alienate yourself early on in your career or even halfway through. My ambition was always to play Test match cricket. Naturally I was a better white-ball cricketer but the experience of playing Test cricket was important in my evolution.

“One of the biggest mistakes we make as a sport is having all three formats overlap or not recognising the roles that they play within the game.

“T20 cricket is an avenue for a young kid who has never seen the game and sees this big shiny thing on TV with stars and the ball being blasted everywhere; 50-over cricket has a different dynamic, it gives you a little bit of everything all in one day. Test match cricket is our most prestigious game for our elite players. It will always be like that.”

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