Captain Eoin Morgan, who led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 under his captaincy, is ready to step down from the captaincy of the team before the next series of the league. KKR is not in a mood to retain Morgan and in such a situation, he is finding it difficult to play for KKR in IPL 2022. The team management has decided not to retain Morgan due to his poor form. The last date to retain players before the IPL 2022 mega auction is November 30 and Kolkata Knight Riders have informed them about the decision not to retain Morgan.
As per a report in InsideSport, a source close to KKR said that Morgan’s batting form was a big concern in IPL 2021. He said that despite his good performance under the captaincy, the reason for the decline in his batting will not be Morgan’s retention by the franchise. In the 14th season of the league, Morgan scored just 117 runs in 17 matches at an average of 11. The source added that the franchise is not ready to spend big bucks on the England limited overs captain. Under his captaincy, the England team reached the semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
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If KKR team management does not retain Morgan, then IPL 2022 may see a new captain in the team. According to the report, Mystery may retain spinners Varun Chakraborty and Venkatesh Iyer in the team. Apart from him, Pat Cummins can be retained. At the same time, no decision has been taken regarding Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. IPL 2022 dates have been announced. Although the schedule of this biggest cricket league in the world has not been finalised. The BCCI has informed key stakeholders internally that April 2 is the likely date when the tournament could begin. This time 10 teams are going to play and a total of 74 matches will be played.