England's World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan has been appointed Middlesex’s new captain for the upcoming Vitality Blast T20 competition on Wednesday (January 8).
Morgan, England's limited-overs captain, will take the reins of a side who he last captained in 2015 after former captain Dawid Malan decided to move to Yorkshire.
The count side does not have a great record in the T20 Blast, as they only reached the quarter-finals for only the second time in 2019 since their victorious campaign in 2008, but their last season showed a huge improvement and Morgan’s leadership can bring a change to their sagging fortunes.
Middlesex reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 T20 Blast on the back of Morgan’s 341 runs with three half-centuries, including a fighting fifty in the quarterfinal loss to Nottinghamshire.
Morgan said of his appointment: “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.”
Meanwhile, Middlesex’s head coach Stuart Law was hopeful of a successful T20 campaign next season under the leadership of Morgan while hailing the 33-year-old as the best limited-overs captain in the world at the moment.
Law 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.”
Noteworthy, Morgan finished the 2019 T20 Blast season for Middlesex with 341 runs at an average of almost 43 and a strike rate of just under 170.
(With IANS Inputs)