ENGLAND are looking to get back to their majestic best when they face India today in their third T20 match-up.
Eoin Morgan’s men showed why they are one of the favourites for this year’s T20 World Cup with a dominating eight wicket victory in the first match, but lost by seven wickets last time out.
And many fans will have noticed the England skipper in the field wearing two caps – here’s why.
Why is Eoin Morgan wearing two caps against India?
It’s great to see fans back in the stadiums for the T20’s in India, with more than 70,000 at the Narendra Modi Stadium for the series opener.
But despite social distancing being relaxed off the pitch, coronavirus measures on it are currently here to stay.
This includes sterilisation of the ball when it has been in the crowd, and no use of saliva from any of the players when polishing it.
The measures also include restrictions on the players passing anything to the umpires – which is where Morgan‘s hat comes into it.
Every player is out on the field with a cap and pre-Covid, the bowler would simply hand his hat to the umpire for safe keeping while he completed his over.
This is no longer possible under the ICC protocol, with the rules stating: “On-field protocols – For example, no unnecessary body contact and no handing over items (cap, towels, sunglasses etc.) to umpires or teammates.
“Each player should be responsible for their own items.”
Morgan is therefore holding the cap of the player currently bowling on his head, as it’s deemed safe for players to mix within their bio-secure bubbles.
You may notice other players doing the same in the upcoming IPL, which starts on April 9.
India vs England T20 and ODI schedule
India T20 series
- 1st T20, Ahmedabad – England win by eight wickets
- 2nd T20, Ahmedabad – India win by seven wickets
- 3rd T20, Ahmedabad – Tuesday, March 16 (1.30pm GMT)
- 4th T20, Ahmedabad – Thursday, March 18 (1.30pm GMT)
- 5th T20, Ahmedabad – Saturday, March 20 (1.30pm GMT)
India ODI series
- 1st ODI, Pune – Tuesday, March 23 (8am GMT)
- 2nd ODI, Pune – Friday, March 26 (8am GMT)
- 3rd ODI, Pune – Sunday, March 28 (8am GMT)