Former England middle-order batsman, Kevin Pietersen, assumes there should
be no general matches performed during an Indian Premier League (IPL) season.
Pietersen said that the cricket boards should understand that IPL is the largest
annual competition in the world and the players are going to prefer to take part
in it instead of playing global cricket. Player’s preference for IPL has been a hot
topic in cricketing everything over the past few years, many ex-cricketers have
investigated current players on their loyalty towards their nations and have warned
that huge amounts of money are involved in IPL will lead to the downfall of international cricket.
Kevin Pietersen on the other hand thinks that during the window of the IPL, no
international matches should take place and players should allowed to take
fully dedicate themselves to the game. Pietersen tweeted: “Cricket boards need
to realise that the IPL is the biggest show in town. Pietersen said this in
acknowledgment of the news of star South African players proceeding to India
during the ODI series against Pakistan. The likes of Kagiso Rabada, Quinton De Kock,
and David Miller will not be available for their country as they are under obligation
to play in the IPL. Cricket South Africa (CSA) revealed that they had signed a
contract with the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), which provides their
players to take part in the opposition despite being on global duty. Recently,
legendary South African fast bowler, Dale Steyn, said that IPL focuses more on the
money rather than the cricketing movements, his report caused an uproar in India
who called Steyn on his hypocrisy, as he was a regular in the league. Steyn later
withdrew for hurting their Statement.