Eoin Morgan in no rush to commit himself to England captaincy for 2020 T20 World Cup

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England World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan.

England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan will take his time before committing to lead the side at next year’s Twenty20 tournament in Australia.

The 32-year-old struggled with a back problem during last month’s dramatic success on home soil and was restricted to limited training.

There has been speculation about Morgan’s future in the role and, if he does not intend to continue for next October’s World T20, England may wish to name his successor in time for this winter’s trip to New Zealand.

After taking a two-week break, Morgan has been playing limited-overs cricket for Middlesex this month but has yet to decide on the England captaincy.

“I need more time to think, that’s the honest answer. It’s a big decision, it’s a big commitment,” he told BBC Test Match Special.

“Given the injury that I went through in the World Cup, I need time to get fully fit. I need time to get back fit because the only training I could do throughout the World Cup was quite limited.

“I actually need the season to end pretty soon so I can have that time to physically get fit and guarantee it’s not an injury risk between this year and next and then I’ll be able to make a call on it.”

Asked if he wants to lead England at the tournament, he replied: “Absolutely, who doesn’t?

“But I don’t want to let anybody down. When you lead, you have to lead from the front. And you have to be physically fit to start, fighting form is another thing. Hopefully that works itself out.”

Ashley Giles has been keen not to rush Morgan into making a decision.

Giles, managing director of men’s cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board, said a fortnight ago that he had not spoken to Morgan about his position.

“I’ve not talked to him yet and I’ve done that quite purposely. I want to give him some time,” said Giles.

“We’ll have a chat at some point but he’s still probably got to come back down to earth, do some thinking and then we’ll get together and have a chat. We’re not rushed at the moment.”

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Pakistan opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq.

Former Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower is backing Imam-Ul-Haq to have a highly successful international career if he continues to develop on the promise he has shown so far.

Imam has so far struck seven tons and six half-centuries in 36 ODI appearances for Pakistan but the left-hander has continued to face increased scrutiny by virtue of being the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq who recently stepped down as the selection chief.

Flower, whose contract as batting coach of Pakistan was not renewed after the World Cup, believes Babar Azam and Imam are the two most improved batsmen from his five-year stint with the Men in Green.

“Babar Azam’s the obvious one,” Flower told ESPNcricinfo in an interview when asked about the most improved Pakistan batsman.

“But also Imam-ul-Haq, I think he’s really improved. You’re going to see a lot more of him because he’s very driven.

“As long as he doesn’t get too far ahead of himself, I think he’s going to have a really good career.”

Flower (c) had a five-year stint as Pakistan batting coach.

Flower (c) had a five-year stint as Pakistan batting coach.

Adding on his thoughts on Babar, Flower said, “He’s probably the best bloke I’ve ever coached – certainly the best Pakistani I’ve ever coached.”

While he has been encouraged by the progress of Babar and Imam, the former Zimbabwe international has been dismayed by Fakhar Zaman’s inability to kick on from his electric start to life in international cricket.

“I’ve worked quite a lot with him (Fakhar), but he’s got such a different technique to others,” said Flower.

“He’s quite hard to work with, even though he’s a lovely guy. There’s a lot of rawness about him, but his results have been very inconsistent.

“But I think he’s good enough to make something of it, but he’s got a lot of work to do.”

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Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) intend to meet ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza in the near future to seek clarity over his international future.

Mortaza’s Bangladesh future has been the subject of heavy speculation ever since the World Cup in England drew to a close with the 35-year-old picking up just the one wicket in his eight appearances in the tournament.

The right-armed seamer has been hampered by knee injuries for some time now and recently pulled out of the side’s tour of Sri Lanka due to a hamstring injury. That the Bangladesh skipper was elected as a member of the parliament earlier this year has added further fuel to rumours that he will be retiring from international cricket from very soon.

“We don’t know what is going on in his mind,” BCB president Nazmul Hasan told Cricbuzz.

“Let him come [from his village where he is celebrating Eid] and we are hoping to sit with him to know about his future plan],” the BCB supremo added.

Mortaza has declined drastically as a player.

Mortaza has declined drastically as a player.

According to the report by Cricbuzz, the BCB is looking to arrange a solitary ODI fixture to give Mortaza a deserved send-off but are finding it hard to schedule one. The Tigers are set to take on Afghanistan in a one-off Test next month before hosting a T20 tri-series also involving Zimbabwe.

The plan for the BCB is to organise a one-off ODI against Zimbabwe somewhere between the Test and T20 tri-series but the board will first seek clarity from Mortaza on his plans before they proceed.

Mortaza is only active in the ODI format for Bangladesh but there is no other 50-over game scheduled for the national team before the clashes against Ireland in June, 2020. Hence, the board are hoping that they can arrange a solitary fixture against Zimbabwe next month to give the skipper a farewell game.

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