Eoin Morgan withdraws from Indian Premier League auction
Eoin Morgan has confirmed he will not be playing in the Indian Premier League this season.
Last Updated: 10/02/14 3:32pm
Morgan was named as Middlesex's one-day captain last week despite doubts whether he would be available for the start of the season, which he would have missed had he participated in the Twenty20 competition in India.
The left-hander and Ian Bell were the only two centrally contracted players in the IPL auction on Wednesday.
Morgan's decision could indicate a push to get his place in England's Test side back - he has not been part of their five-day plans since the Dubai matches against Pakistan in early 2012.
He said on Twitter: "I would like to thank @IPL for accepting my request to withdraw from this years auction. Good luck with the tournament."
The auction takes place on Wednesday and Thursday in Bangalore and axed England star Kevin Pietersen is likely to draw plenty of interest.
Pietersen has played IPL cricket for the Bangalore Royal Challengers and Delhi Daredevils and both are likely to be in the bidding for the destructive batsman who has a reserve price of 20 million rupees.
Mitchell Johnson, if he is not retained by Mumbai under the Right To Match rule, could also be subject of a number of bids while Australia team-mate David Warner and India legend Virender Sehwag are also available.
But Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has pulled out of the auction citing family reasons, while paceman Ryan Harris has made himself unavailable.
South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris is also out of the running due to injury.