England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan is set to step down from the leadership role amidst poor form and injury concerns. Multiple reports have also suggested that Morgan could retire from international cricket this week. Morgan will probably announce his future before the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year and the 50-over World Cup in India in 2023.
If Eoin Morgan decides to hang up his boots from one or both formats, wicket-keeper Jos Buttler could step up as captain, as he has been the vice-captain since 2015 and has also led the team 13 times so far. Another captain candidate who has emerged is all-rounder Moeen Ali. Reports also say that Morgan has been backed by England’s new white-ball head coach Matthew Mott and Director of England men’s cricket Rob Key.
If I don’t feel I am contributing to the team, then I will finish: Morgan
Similarly, before the start of England’s tour of the Netherlands, he had addressed on the idea of retiring from international cricket. Morgan said, “I would love to say I am finishing here or there and that’s it. I would love to work like that but the way my body is at the moment, I can’t work like that.”
“If I injured myself tomorrow and it was going to be quite a prolonged injury then I wouldn’t be doing the team and myself any favours if I still held a commitment to finish at a certain point. If I don’t think I am good enough or I don’t feel I am contributing to the team, then I will finish.”
“That’s just the way I am and I hope that rubs off onto the team. Your leader doesn’t have to be selfless, they can be whoever he or she wants to be, but I feel this is a better way of doing things.”