Irish return for Eoin Morgan as he leads Dublin Chiefs in new Euro T20 Slam

Irish return for Eoin Morgan as he leads Dublin Chiefs in new Euro T20 Slam

EOIN MORGAN will represent the Dublin Chiefs in the inaugural edition Euro T20 Slam later this year.

England’s ICC Cricket World Cup winning captain Morgan joined a host of dignitaries and owners from each of the six franchises at the launch last week.

It will be a homecoming for north Dubliner Morgan, with the 32-year-old set to represent the Dublin Chiefs. The former Leinster and Ireland star said he was honoured to be selected for the new franchise.

Morgan  said: “I am proud and delighted to participate in the inaugural Euro T20 Slam. You only have to look at the calibre of international and local stars who have been selected to see that it’s going to be an electrifying tournament across three new T20 locations in northern Europe."

Eoin Morgan during the Euro T20 Slam Players' Draft at Sofitel London Heathrow on July 19, 2019 in London. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

"There’s huge interest in the Euro T20 Slam and the teams are really taking shape. It’s going to be incredibly competitive and I can’t wait to get going.”

Legendary Kiwi bowler Daniel Vettori has been confirmed as Head Coach of the Dublin outfit.

Vettori holds the distinction of being New Zealand's most-capped Test cricketer with 112 caps, and New Zealand's most capped One-Day cricketer with 284 caps.

In all, 33 matches will take place in Amsterdam and Edinburgh, and the finals are due to take place in Dublin following the closing round of pool matches including semi-finals on September 20 and finals on September 22.

New Zealand's Daniel Vettori will coach the new Dublin outfit at this year's Euro T20 Slam (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Growth of cricket worldwide

Indian spin great Anil Kumble is one of the board members of the new league’s advisory committee.

He said: “It’s exciting to be a part of the Euro T20 Slam as an advisor to the league. It is encouraging to see the growth of cricket worldwide, and am excited to witness teams from Netherlands, Ireland and Scotland competing against each other.

"It will be a great opportunity for local talent to rub shoulders with some of the best cricketing talent worldwide."