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Eoin Morgan opposes major decision from the ICC

ICC’s proposed decision to limit a player’s involvement in a maximum of three T20 leagues has met with some serious opposition from England’s ODI and T20I captain Eoin Morgan.

This decision is being considered to curb the rise of various T20 leagues and the reason why international cricket could suffer due to this.

However, Morgan believes that there would be 'huge legal ramifications' if such a restriction is imposed upon the players.

Morgan tends to agree with the fact that these T20 leagues have brought up more opportunities and increased the pool of talented players worldwide.

These leagues provide the players with exposure to test their mettle at the highest level and hence the English captain does not seem to agree with ICC’s line of thought.

He said, “I'm sure there would be some huge legal ramifications, of restricting guys' employment, so I'm sure that would be met with quite a big [resistance] … I'm not sure how it would work. I don't see that going through.

It should be noted that certain cricket boards do not provide their players with a NOC (No Objection Certificate) to participate in T20 leagues of foreign countries.

The BCCI is a prime example of this as barring Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana from the women’s team, no other player actively takes part in different leagues such as the BBL T20 and the CPL.

The Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA) had suggested that the increasing number of such T20 leagues could undermine the importance of international competitions.

This is because they feel that the younger players would become ‘free agents’ in order to represent any team in international T20 tournaments.

Morgan added to his previous remarks, saying “It creates a question, if you're a young up-and-coming player, whether you want to make a decision early about sacrificing playing international cricket or going to one of the leagues. It's not really a question you want to be asking yourself – or you shouldn't have to ask yourself.”

 

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