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Play two at a time? Eoin Morgan game for it

All domestic cricket in England has been postponed until May 28, with the West Indies series still scheduled to start on June 4

By TT Bureau & Agencies in London and Calcutta

  • Published 3.04.20, 4:16 AM
  • Updated 3.04.20, 4:16 AM
England captain Eoin Morgan during a press conference at Trent Bridge in Nottingham
England captain Eoin Morgan during a press conference at Trent Bridge in Nottingham (File picture)

World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan is open to the unique concept of England fielding two teams at separate venues on the same day if the Covid-19 pandemic leads to a compressed home international season.

The England Test team could face either the West Indies or Pakistan, who are both due to arrive for three-match series, while the limited-overs sides take on Australia in ODIs and T20Is scheduled in July.

“I see every option being viable during this extraordinary time,” said limited-overs captain Morgan. “I think the serious nature of the situation economically and financially for the game is something that we have never come across.”

There has been an instance in the past when England fielded two sides that played Test matches against New Zealand and the West Indies at the same time — on January 11, 1930.

All domestic cricket in England has been postponed until May 28, with the West Indies series still scheduled to start on June 4.

One consolation for Morgan during the outbreak is that the 33-year-old Dublin-born batsman recently became a father after his wife Tara gave birth to a son, named Leo. 

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