London: England batsman Eoin Morgan has angered the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) selectors by saying that he would return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) if he is not chosen for next week’s opening Test against Sri Lanka.
Morgan starred for England Lions on the first two days against Sri Lanka, yet he is unlikely to be invited to take the tourists on again in Cardiff.
The left-hander made 193 in a total of 493-8 declared, but others -Ajmal Shahzad, Jade Dernbach and Ravi Bopara- appear ahead of Morgan in the thoughts of selectors.
According to The Sun, national selector Geoff Miller and coach Andy Flower were surprised to discover that Morgan plans to fly back to play for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Kolkata Knight Riders have almost certainly reached the knockout stages of the IPL and are aiming for the final on May 28.
The selectors were already disappointed that Morgan was in India for six weeks instead of churning out runs in county cricket.