County news July 17, 2012

Fraser 'disappointed' by Morgan delay


Eoin Morgan will not face disciplinary action by Middlesex after missing their CB40 match against Lancashire at Old Trafford because he was stuck on the train from London but the club remain 'disappointed' by the situation.

Morgan was caught in disruption on the London to Manchester line from Euston station and did not make it to the ground in time for the toss which forced Middlesex to leave him out of the side for what as a key match with semi-final places at stake.

Angus Fraser, Middlesex's director of cricket, said lessons will need to be learned. "We are disappointed and frustrated it happened. It was an important match for us," he told ESPNcricinfo. "We'll have to make sure it doesn't happen again."

However, Fraser also suggested that because Morgan is still employed by the ECB on a central contact that it would be quite difficult for Middlesex to discipline him as he is not contracted to them.

The majority of Middlesex's squad travelled north on Sunday evening following the abandoned game against Leicestershire at Uxbridge although a couple of players were allowed to drive up on the morning of game. Fraser said the club were aware that Morgan wanted to take the train.

During his lengthy journey, Morgan tweeted: "Just the 7 hours to Manchester... not sure the train is an option any more!!"

He arrived shortly after the scheduled start time at Old Trafford, ironically as rain was falling so Middlesex's innings had been suspended, and watched from the dressing room. The game was curtailed to a 16-over aside match and Middlesex could only muster 97 for 8 with Lancashire chasing a slightly revised target with ease.

The result left both teams level on eight points but Lancashire jumped ahead of Middlesex by virtue of having four victories to Middlesex's three. Morgan's travel disruption could yet prove very costly for the county.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • anu on July 18, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    It is appaling to hear such a statement from Fraser......classic case of an administrator sounding like a master/ owner.......instead of a facilitator.......If Middlesex believed it was OK for Morgan to leave in train....whey complain.........if they had concerns about this scheduled journey...they should have advised Morgan BEFORE....and had he gone against their advise still...then there was a case of complaining or disciplining.

  • Dummy4 on July 18, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Why should he be punished for the train being delayed?? Not his fault

  • Dummy4 on July 18, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    this is relly can management blame morgan for a train delay...............middlesex captain should have used a substistute in place of morgan until his arrival,but instead of doing that, they are blaming morgan...............this shows how deeply middlesex team rely on morgan

  • Vikram on July 17, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    How could Morgan not have thought about the train getting delayed and prepared himself for teleportation? gee!

  • Stephen on July 17, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Selassie-I, it would be harsh to blame him for a train delay had they not asked him to get the train the evening before (which according to the BBC article I read earlier they had asked him to do)

  • David on July 17, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    I am a huge fan of Fraser, but this seems unreasonable. Either Middlesex should insist that all players arrive the night before, or it should be acceptable that players make reasonable arrangements and are not then reprimanded if those arrangements go wrong through no fault of their own.

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    I guess the lesson for management is to hire a coach and the whole squad leave together and arrive together...Different/individual travel arrangements are always liable to lead to this sort of situation...

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    If the team knew he was going up that day on the train and were okay with it then I don't think there's any reason why he should disciplined. I know first hand how bad the train situation was out of Euston all day yesterday! It'll probably lead to a change in procedure, which is probably sensible.

  • liaqat on July 17, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    so was middlesex just relying on him?

    he got delayed in the train and in london,,,

    thats normal these days

  • david on July 17, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    watched game on sky as far as i could tell his club could have used a sub till he turned up. that was put to the captain at the toss but he said even so they would not select him. me thinks something deeper by the skips face he looked furious

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