"It sounds different, it sounds like something is there to create a really good, viable product to sell to people outside of cricket," he told reporters at Lord's. "I have a lot of friends outside of cricket that would never come to a cricket match, but have already said they enjoy that there's been a little bit of noise about it, because it's upsetting people that already come to the game." He added: "And that is the point of it. We're trying to grow the game.
"The biggest positive is that it is something different" - England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan a 'big fan' of ECB's 100-ball plans pic.twitter.com/z670J64dq6— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 27, 2018
"Cricket participation levels have been going down for quite a while, and we need to do something different to change the reputation of the sport, or the perceived barriers that need to be broken down in order to play the sport. "Because if we continue to stay rigid and don't change anything for a long period of time, the sport will die." Morgan was adamant supporters of traditional first-class County Championship and Test cricket had nothing to fear from the ECB's 100-ball plan. "It's not designed to kill off people who love cricket," he insisted. "I absolutely love cricket, so it won't kill off me."
'I have a lot of friends outside of cricket who have said they are enjoying the noise around this.'— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) April 27, 2018
To maximise their chances, Morgan said England players involved in the Indian Premier League would be recalled early from next year's edition of the lucrative Twenty20 tournament ahead of a five-match warm-up home ODI series against Pakistan. "It's something we discussed before the IPL auction this year," said Morgan. "It's an important part of guys' development but in the lead-in to a World Cup we want to be together as a side."
Eoin Morgan on The Hundred: 'If we stay rigid and refuse to change, the sport will die.' https://t.co/MDCP63LBXU— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) April 27, 2018