England cricket team’s limited-over captain Eoin Morgan has said that his team will have to grab limited opportunities for ICC T20 World Cup preparations amid Covid-19 pandemic. All cricketing action has been banned by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) till July 1.
The coronaviorus outbreak has also put in doubt Australia's One Day International (ODI) and T20 International tour of England in July.
Morgan also said England’s three-match ODI series against Ireland in September should be converted into a T20 rubber. This will be his team’s best chance of getting some practice ahead of T20 World Cup.
"For the last month, everybody has struggled to get a sense of what's possible and what might or might not happen," he told reporters via Zoom during the launch of the Abu Dhabi T10.
"We may have to make do. If tests were going on, there would be ways and means we could have meaningful practice games in and around those Ireland games in a similar environment. We could have proper opposition and maybe use the England Lions there too to make it as highly competitive as possible," said Morgan.
"Given the circumstances we'll have to see how much cricket we play and the opportunities that land on guys' laps. They'll have to make the most of them."
Talking about Alex Hales, who was dropped from last year's World Cup after failing a second test for recreational drug use, Morgan said the "door is still open" for him to get into the T20 World Cup squad, provided he rebuilds the trust that he lost.
"What happened was actually quite considerably harmful to the environment, which obviously led to the breakdown in trust between Alex and our players, so to say," he said.
"How long that will take to regain, we don't know, but certainly the door is still open for that trust to be built back up...that's not just with me, that's with every member of the squad, the backroom staff, the selectors.
"And that does take time. We're in May, so it's 11 months ago that the incident happened with Alex, so it's actually not that long ago that it happened," he added.