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England skipper Eoin Morgan was excited about the prospect of leading his side in the upcoming edition of the T20 World Cup being played in the United Arab Emirates. The ICC had earlier announced the groups heading into the event, where England is paired up with Australia, West Indies, and South Africa.
On Tuesday, ICC also released the schedule for the multi-nation tournament, which is scheduled to start from October 17 with the qualifiers. Following the release of the dates, Morgan stated that the tournament will be one of the closest and hard-fought ICC events.
“The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is going to be brilliant. The standard of T20 cricket around the world is improving exponentially.”
“Every nation has a chance of becoming World champions. It should be one of the closest and most competitive world tournaments to date and we can’t wait to get started,” the England skipper said.
“All of the teams have match-winners” – Eoin Morgan
With T20 cricket flourishing across the world, teams have become stronger. Multiple franchise leagues have also helped identify young stars in the making. This has resulted in a huge increase in the talent pool, which can be challenging, as per Morgan.
“I think in T20 Cricket because the game can change quite quickly, there’s a huge pool of talented teams within our group. Like every game is important to us. All of the teams have match-winners.”
“I think our biggest strength is the consistency with which we have performed, probably over the last two years. It has taken us (to) number 2 in the world. I think we have that momentum going nicely for us,” Morgan concluded.
The qualifiers will kick off from October 17, with hosts Oman taking on PNG in a group B clash followed by a match between Scotland and Bangladesh. England’s first game will be on October 23 against the West Indies.
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