Eoin Morgan rates BBL as the best T20 tournament in the world
Published - Jan 7, 2017 2:10 pm | Updated - Jan 7, 2017 2:10 pm
English limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan had a brief stint with the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League (BBL) this year. He is currently with the national side touring India for ODIs and T20Is series. As per the quotes in Alloutcricket.com, the southpaw recently tagged the Big Bash as the best T20 tournament in the world. This comes as a bold statement since he has been a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) too – a tournament that was the pioneer in T20 leagues.
Morgan signed off his stint in the BBL this year in style as he smashed a last ball match winning six in his for the Thunder. The English skipper had his own reasons for terming the Australian league as a superior one as against the IPL. He cited the sports culture in Australia as one of the prime reasons for his judgment.
“It’s probably the best T20 domestic tournament in the world. The Big Bash and the IPL bring their own strengths being two different nations, but I think whenever anybody goes to Australia the culture of sport is far higher because it’s generalised across the board,” quoted Eoin Morgan.
He was in all praise for the Big Bash and mentioned the lifestyle of playing cricket in Australia is a different pleasure altogether. Morgan played 5 matches for Sydney Thunder this year and scored 159 runs with a best of unbeaten 71.
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Coming to international assignments, Morgan has a tough year ahead of him. The English team is currently in India and then are due to tour Caribbean in March. They will follow it up with a home series against South Africa. The Irish-born cricketer noted that the year has huge prospects for the team. He rightly pointed that the dates for the next World Cup is closing in.
“I see this year as being a huge year for us. It’s the halfway stage in the four-year cycle to the next World Cup and the Champions Trophy is in fact almost a dress rehearsal for it,” said Morgan.
“At the moment if we were to play the tournament this week I think we’d be in really good shape for it. It is a huge opportunity, particularly given that home advantage tends to play a part in major competitions,” he concluded.