India T20 series opportunity to prepare for World Cup: Morgan
The five-match series starts in Ahmedabad on Friday and would be the only opportunity for a full-strength England squad to play together before the World Cup in India in October-November due to scheduling demands, Morgan said.
England -- the top-ranked T20 side -- are coming off the back of a woeful Test series that saw the team crumble to a 3-1 defeat after winning the first game.
But the T20 squad will include in-form top-order batsman Dawid Malan, the Curran brothers and Jason Roy, who were not part of the series loss.
"Certainly with one eye on the World Cup in seven months time, it is an opportunity to try and replicate teams and roles within the side that we might need to iron out before we get to the World Cup."
"Certainly the first few times I went to the IPL, I've never gone through an experience like it. And I've learned a huge amount over the years that I've been there," Morgan said.
"So the value in it given the year that it's in is brilliant, particularly now that we know it's being held in India."
The 34-year-old said India -- the number two-ranked T20 team -- would be favourites to win the World Cup and the challenge of playing them in their backyard "is extremely exciting and everybody's looking forward to it".
He added that Alex Hales, who shone for Sydney Thunder in the recent Big Bash T20 league but was left out of the squad, could get the opportunity to be around the team as Covid-19 regulations are eased throughout the summer.
Indian captain Virat Kohli told reporters earlier Thursday that England were the "team to beat".
"The prime focus will be on them in the World Cup. All the other teams will be wary of the strength they bring on to the park," Kohli said.