Eoin Morgan interview: Back-to-back England fixtures at Wembley would be perfect for men’s and women’s cricket

However, the former England captain has warned there is “absolutely no chance” of a double header happening at any venue unless cricket solves its scheduling nightmare.

Wednesday night marks the start of the second edition of The Hundred, as Welsh Fire take on Southern Brave. Last year’s inaugural tournament was hailed as a major success for its promotion of women’s football, with both men’s and women’s matches played throughout the summer.

The start of this year’s women’s tournament has been postponed to next Thursday due to England’s appearance at the Commonwealth Games, but the double-header format will return from then on and initially the game opener between Oval Invincibles and Northern Superchargers will be played in the evening headline, after the men’s match.

Asked if the same format could be used for a single international in the future, Morgan said: “I think bigger. I would think of a place like Wembley, why not? Or if you go to the Olympic stadium where they can move things. You can legit this and it doesn’t have to be specifically for people who love cricket. It’s a sporting event.

“At the end of the day, if we’re aiming to do it in a single match – rugby does it domestically – there’s no reason cricket can’t do it internationally.”

Turning Wembley into a cricket venue would be a logistical challenge, but the London stadium already hosts Major League Baseball matches and has been explored as a potential venue for the Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2019.

More problematic, however, could be locating a suitable slot in an overloaded schedule and Morgan believes it would be impossible to find a suitable overlap between the two parties in their current schedules.

“Absolutely no chance,” he said. “Really doable? I would say no. Do I want this to happen? That would be awesome, absolutely.

“The unity across the game when the Hundred unfold is just amazing. It works and it’s great to sit down and say it’s a great model, let’s use it. But there’s too much going on things to be able to actually do it. I would love to and I want to, but it’s not going to happen.

Eoin Morgan was speaking before the start of the Hundred

/ Launch of the KP Snacks tour

Morgan will captain the Lord’s-based London Spirit during the Hundred, returning to action for the first time since announcing his international retirement earlier this summer.

The post-Morgan era got off to a rocky start under new head coach Matthew Mott and new captain Jos Buttler, with England failing to win any of their four clean-ball series against South Africa and India last month.

England are not expected to be in T20 action again before leaving for their tour of Pakistan in mid-September. By then they will have named their squad for the T20 World Cup, which kicks off in Australia the following month, and Morgan believes the Hundred present the perfect opportunity for England players to rediscover their form.

“Jos spoke after the game the other day, he said he was disappointed with the intention of the players,” Morgan said at the launch of KP Snacks’ summer cricket tour at the Black Prince Trust in oval. “There’s no better time than The Hundred to hang out with a whole bunch of players and prove it to begin with.”

He just needs to come back somewhere close to how Jason Roy plays.

Jason Roy is particularly in need of runs after a barren international summer so far, but Morgan backs the 32-year-old, who embodies his attacking ethos, to bounce back and get fit.

“Everyone who has followed Jason’s international career since he started – that’s how he plays,” he added. “He is taking on an important, high-risk role at the top of the order. It doesn’t just smell like average bowling, it smells the best.

” I do not think so [he needs] a shiny cent. He just needs to come back somewhere close to how Jason Roy plays.

“It will come back and maybe it would be a good thing for it to be now as opposed to Pakistan.”

KP Snacks, official team partner of the Hundred, will be traveling the country this summer to provide more opportunities for people to play cricket as part of their ‘Everyone In’ campaign. Go to everyonein.co.uk/about


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