Morgan will be homing in on glory with Dublin Chiefs
World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan is coming home to Dublin to play for the Chiefs in the inaugural Euro T20 Slam.
Morgan was confirmed as the Icon player for his home-city franchise at the Player Draft in London yesterday which he not only attended but went onto to pick his fellow overseas players, alongside Ireland's chairman of selectors Andrew White.
The tournament gets under way in Amsterdam on August 30, moves onto Edinburgh the following Friday, before arriving in Dublin for the final 10 group games and the semi-finals and final at Malahide on September 21-22.
The Icon and Marquee players for the six franchises had already been announced but yesterday they were allocated teams and Morgan will be joined in the Dublin Chiefs side by Pakistan batsman Babar Azam.
The Belfast Titans Icon player is former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, another player 'coming home', 13 years after he played for Ireland in the C&G Trophy, alongside Morgan and White. South African batsman JP Duminy, who scored 99 against Ireland at the 2011 World Cup in Kolkata, is the Titans Marquee player.
The 18 Ireland players, selected by the Ireland selectors, were all allocated to their home franchises - the four North West players, will play for Belfast - and that was always the plan, confirmed when, despite having the first pick, the Chiefs chose Andrew Balbirnie ahead of gun-player Paul Stirling.
The four players not involved in last week's Twenty20 internationals against Zimbabwe but who now get the chance to stake a claim for inclusion in the squad for the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament which follows in October are Harry Tector, Tyrone Kane, Simi Singh and Stuart Thompson.
The other international players in the Titans side, which is coached by former Essex player Ian Pont, assisted by Ireland Under-19 coach Ryan Eagleson, are slow left arm all-rounder Muhammad Nawaz, who played for Pakistan in the ODI at Malahide in 2016, and his 20-year-old country-mate pace bowler Mohammad Ilyas, England international Luke Wright, South African batsman Colin Ingram, New Zealand opening bowler Mitchell McClenaghan and 23-year-old Australian Aaron Summers, who has starred in the Big Bash.
The Dublin Chiefs, who have former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori as coach, picked just five overseas players - pace bowlers Mohammed Amir, Harry Gurney, Australian all-rounder Dan Christian and South Africans Robbie Frylinck and Corbin Bosch.
The world's No.1 bowler, Rashid Khan has been allocated to the Rotterdam Rhinos, alongside New Zealand big-hitter Luke Ronchi, but arguably the most dangerous Icon/Marquee duo are in the Glasgow Giants side, New Zealander Brendon McCullum and South Africa's Dale Steyn.
Morgan is not the only World Cup finalist who will be playing in the Slam, New Zealand's Martin Guptill is the Icon player for Edinburgh Rocks and he will have fellow Antipodean Chris Lynn as a team-mate.
The remaining two Icon/Marquee players, Australia's Shane Watson and South African Imran Tahir - he of the mad-cap runaway wicket-taking celebrations - will play for Amsterdam Knights.
Speaking at the Draft, Morgan said he was looking forward to taking part.
"You only have to look at the calibre of international and local stars who have been selected to see that it's going to be an electrifying tournament. It's going to be incredibly competitive and I can't wait to get going."
Belfast Titans: Shahid Afridi, JP Duminy, Muhammad Nawaz, L Wright, C Ingram, M McClenaghan, A Summers, Mohammad Ilyas, P Stirling, G Wilson, M Adair, B Rankin, S Getkate, C Young, A McBrine, S Thompson, G Thompson.
Dublin Chiefs: E Morgan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, H Gurney, D Christian, R Frylinck, C Bosch, A Balbirnie, K O'Brien, G Dockrell, L Tucker, J Little, S Singh, T Kane, G Delany, H Tector.
Glasgow Giants: (International players) B McCullum, D Steyn, R Bopara, Usman Shinwari, M Henriques, Qaiz Ahmad, H Klaasen, JJ Smits.
Edinburgh Rocks: (International players)M Guptill, C Lynn, C Anderson, M Henry, T Mills, Tabraiz Shami, A Devcich, Waqar Salamkheil, D Pretorius.
Amsterdam Knights: (International Players) S Watson, Imran Tahir, B Cutting, Ahmed Shehzad, Hasan Ali, Sikander Butt, A Joseph, V Chopra, Saad Bin Zafar.
Rotterdam Rhinos: (International Players) Rashid Khan, Luke Ronchi, Fakhar Zaman, S Patel, Shaheen Afridi, H Viljoen, P Trego, Anwar Ali .