- Nasima Akter
Eoin Morgan Retires Cricket to Become Sports Commentator
England’s greatest white-ball captain Eoin Morgan announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday (February 13). The 36-year-old released a statement about his retirement on his Twitter page, and it revealed that he will be working with broadcasters as a commentator.
How did Morgan Become a Commentator?
Eoin Morgan first retired from international cricket in July 2022. During that time, he signed a deal with TV Broadcaster Sky. Following his retirement from cricket, Morgan will make a full-time move to the Sky Sports commentary box.
He is set to become a permanent feature of the Sky television coverage alongside two other former national captains in Sportsmail's Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton. His first summer as a commentator and pundit shows the Ashes in 2023.
Morgan’s Retirement Statement
In the statement released on his social media, Morgan said: I believe that now is the right time to step away from the game that has given me so much over the years. From moving to England in 2005 to join Middlesex right up to the very end, playing for Paarl Royals in SA20, I have cherished every moment.”
He also expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in his personal and professional life for their support and the opportunities he received in his career. Aside from expressing gratitude, Morgan talked about how he was happy to spend more time with loved ones following his international cricket retirement and is looking forward to the future.
It was at the end of the statement that he revealed his upcoming work as a commentator. The statement read: "Although I am calling time on my playing career, I will still be involved in the game, working alongside broadcasters at international and franchise tournaments as a commentator and pundit. I am sincerely looking forward to what the future holds."
Eoin Morgan’s Cricket History and Achievements
At the time of his retirement, Eoin Morgan played over 24,000 professional runs in 855 appearances, spanning nearly 20 years. When he retired from international cricket, he ended as England's all-time leading run scorer in ODI cricket with 6,957 runs and scored the most T20I runs for England with 2,458 runs. In addition, he amassed the most sixes for England in both formats.
Before his international career, Morgan spent his entire county career at Middlesex. He made his first team debut in 2005 and appeared nearly 300 times for the club. The Dublin-born player began his international career with his native Ireland in 2006 but switched his allegiance to England in 2009, citing a lifelong desire to play Test cricket.
In the course of his career, Eoin Morgan made his legacy with his seven-and-a-half years as England's limited-overs captain. It was in the 2015 World Cup that Eoin was first appointed as a captain after Sir Alastair Cook was sacked on the eve of the tournament.
He had transformed England’s approach in ODIs and T20s and broke the Trophy drought for the side when it won the 50-over World Cup for the first time.