Kolkata Knight Riders player Eoin Morgan has been chosen to lead Middlesex in T20 cricket ahead of the new season.
England’s 2019 World Cup-winning captain will take up the role after previous skipper Dawid Malan moved to Yorkshire.
Morgan will also captain London Spirit in the inaugural The Hundred competition later this year. However, before he starts those roles, the 33-year-old will first be focused on a push for IPL success with KKR. The in-demand batsman could prove a key auction buy Kolkata.
Kolkata have won the IPL in 2012 and 2014 and will be hoping Morgan’s capture for 2020 can ignite another push for glory.
Morgan to lead Middlesex in T20 Blast
Middlesex won the T20 contest back in 2008 but have struggled in recent seasons.
They did make the quarter-finals in 2019 as Morgan made 341 runs. His best score of the season was against Somerset when he hit 83 off just 29 balls. He also hit a half-century as Middlesex bowed out of the tournament against Nottinghamshire.
On his appointment for Middlesex, he said: “I'm delighted to be awarded the T20 captaincy.
“The role is one that I have really enjoyed. We've got an exciting group of players here at Middlesex, with plenty of talent and a good blend of youth and experience, and I'm really looking forward to helping the club build on the improvements we made in this format last year.”
After the appointment, Morgan was lauded as the best limited-overs captain in the world by Middlesex head coach Stuart Law.
He said: “I'm really excited to have Morgs at the helm for our T20 campaign.
“He is currently the best white-ball captain around and will offer a great deal of experience on and off the field to the team in this format. I can't wait to start working with him to build a squad of players to challenge in this format.”