England and Middlesex batsman Eoin Morgan has withdrawn from this year's IPL auction and will be available for Middlesex from the start of the 2014 summer.
Morgan will be available for the start of Middlesex’s campaign, and could play in all four NatWest t20 Blast matches at Lord’s. The Panthers' first LV= County Championship match at the Home of Cricket begins on Sunday 13 April.
Had Morgan - who played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in last year’s edition of the IPL - been picked up in the auction, he could have been unavailable for Middlesex until after the IPL final on 30 May.
His withdrawal now means he will be able to play for his county for the first months of the season, including the t20 double header at Lord’s as the Panthers take on Essex and Sussex on May 17.
Morgan was appointed Middlesex one-day captain last week, and will hope to use his time with the county to impress national selectors ahead of a possible Test recall.
He has played in the IPL since 2010, representing the Royal Challengers Bangalore as well as the KKR.
Morgan has earnt the reputation as one of the most dangerous T20 players in the world, winning the ICC World T20 with England in 2010, and the domestic Twenty20 Cup with Middlesex in 2008.