Eoin Morgan has spoken to CricketEurope about his absence from the Ireland squad ahead of the forthcoming ODI's against both India and South Africa.
The 20 year old Middlesex batsman said, "It's been a very difficult decision for me. I obviously love playing for Ireland and would like nothing better than to be lining out for them next weekend. Unfortunately there is a clash with my Middlesex commitments, as we have two One day games next week, and I'm a regular part of that team."
"I feel at this stage of my career, it's best if I cement my place in the Middlesex one day side, and hopefully through good performances force my way into the reckoning for the four day Championship games. If I had gone away and played for Ireland, Middlesex indicated that if my replacement scored runs, then they would be above me in the fight for places. They weren't in a position to give me any guarantee about my place."
"I'd like to stress that this has been very difficult for me, and I've taken on board advice from both friends and family. Middlesex is obviously my career, and at this juncture I feel it is the right thing to do as I seek to play at the highest possible level of cricket."
"I still want to play cricket for Ireland, and will be available to do so when there are no clashes with my Middlesex commitments."