England Eoin Morgan: Players’ Mental Health A Priority

"My role is quite significant when it comes to mindfulness and topic of mental health."

England made a decision to prioritise players’ mental health this summer, says limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan.

Series against Ireland, West Indies, Pakistan and Australia were played in bio-secure bubbles and without crowds.

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Players and staff were regularly tested for Covid-19 and spent several weeks living in hotels at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester and the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

“At the very beginning, when cricket looked unlikely during the strictest of lockdown periods, we talked about playing in the bubble and the strain it will take on everybody,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.

“The direction and stipulation for that was given by [director of cricket] Ashley Giles.”

“I am a massive believer in good leadership starts from the top and filters down to everybody else. Ash said at forefront all of our thinking is everyone’s wellbeing, and for me that was key.” captain Morgan added.

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Morgan, who is currently with Kolkata Knight Riders at the Indian Premier League, told the Test Match Special does the IPL podcast: “My role is quite significant when it comes to mindfulness and topic of mental health.”

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