Morgan made his Ireland debut as a 16-year-old but, like seamer Boyd Rankin and batsman Ed Joyce, switched allegiance to play for England and chase a test career that has so far failed to flourish.
               
The 28-year-old Morgan, though, has faired far better in limited overs cricket and succeeded Alastair Cook as skipper of England's 50-over side in December, hitting a century against Australia in Sydney last month as the team showed signs of life after stagnation under his predecessor.
               
Lewis, a former Irish captain and international rugby referee, told Irish podcast 'The Slog Sweep' he had mixed feelings. "I look at the England set up and over the last 10 years, three people from this little island where cricket is the fourth or fifth sport are playing for a country whose national sport is cricket," Lewis said.

"It is a wee bit irritating to think where we could be if Eoin and Boyd were available; obviously we've got Ed back now. "I wouldn't want to deprive Eoin Morgan the opportunity with the ability he has, I'd want to play at the top level, and in honesty every Irish supporter would wish him well, it's a great story, but it's a great frustration. To get our players back, that's part of the next step."
               
While Ireland were able to regain the services of Joyce, Lewis said they failed to lure back lanky Northern Irishman Rankin, who is touring South Africa with England's second tier side.
               
"We looked at it but certain doors got closed," Lewis said. "We watched Boyd's form but with possibly Ireland sniffing around again, the England Lions were going to come watching and that's exactly what happened."

Ireland famously beat England in the last World Cup, with Kevin O'Brien smacking the quickest century in the tournament's history as the associate members successfully chased down a record 327 to win in Bangalore.
               
That followed a shock win over Pakistan on their World Cup debut in 2007, with the Irish seeking more scalps on their third appearance as they continue their push for greater recognition from the International Cricket Council.
               
Ireland have been drawn in Pool B alongside South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe and United Arab Emirates. They open their campaign on Monday against the West Indies in Nelson.

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