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England batsman Eoin Morgan has announced that he disagrees with legendary all-rounder Sir Ian Botham’s views about the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Botham stated that the IPL was “too powerful”, and had become a hub for illegal bookies during his speech at the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s on Wednesday. He added that it also led to international players abandoning their national teams since the financial rewards they get are far better.
However, Morgan defended the star-studded Twenty20 competition, saying that it had transformed him into a “more skilful player both in Twenty20 and 50-over cricket”.
“I thought wonders of my experience of the IPL,” Morgan said. “It made me a more skilful player both in Twenty20 and 50-over cricket.
“The experience of watching the very best go about their business is huge, so I’m a massive fan. I spent four seasons playing with Jacques Kallis – and I played one season each with Rahul Dravid, Brendon McCullum and Brett Lee. Those are guys I would never have had an opportunity to play with and learn from solely playing at Middlesex. So I’m very grateful for that. I learnt a lot from those guys.
“Some of the situations you are thrown into in the IPL give you a different experience of being an overseas player within a very strong side. It means you take on a different role in a team, more responsibility and more pressure.
“Being thrown-in in those situations, playing in front of huge crowds, is awesome and again a tough experience but one that holds you in good stead down the line.”