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IPL has made me a better player, says Eoin Morgan

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Published: Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 13:11 [IST]
 
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IPL has made me a better player: Morgan

London, Jun 27: England left-hander Eoin Morgan has credited Indian Premier League (IPL) for making him a better player.

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Morgan, who first played for Royal Challengers Bangalore before moving to Kolkata Knight Riders, is one of the most impressive Twenty20 batsmen.

Though he did not get a game in Kolkata's title winning IPL 5 tournament, Morgan has said every time he played this cash-rich league and went back to his home country, he was a better player.

"Every time I have gone to the IPL I have always come back a better player," Morgan was quoted as saying by walesonline website on Tuesday.

The Irish batsman is known for coming out with innovative shots in T20s. In IPL 5, he could not find a place in KKR's playing XI due to four foreign players restriction.

The 25-year-old praised IPL and has now called for England to make drastic changes to the domestic T20 format. He wants an overhaul of Friends Life T20 tournament in England. He left it is "so far behind" other leagues.

"I certainly think (the Friends Life) is so far behind now that it has got to a stage where something needs to happen," Morgan said.

"I have been in Australia when the Big Bash has happened and seen the impact it has had. The IPL is a different scale. I certainly believe something needs to happen. It doesn't have to be the exact same or similar but it has to work for what is best for English cricket."

He felt it was important for young English talent to play with the likes of Muttaiah Muralitharan, Jacques Kallis and other international stars.

"I see great young players coming through but if we had an infrastructure in place with eight or nine teams and some huge international stars then the likes of Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow would have already rubbed shoulders and played against players like Muttiah Muralitharan or Jacques Kallis," he said.

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