In a IPL controversy latest slavo comes from Kevin Pietersen who has said it is very much wrong to put the blame on the Indian Premier League for India’s poor Test form in England. England came from behind to beat India 3-1 in the five-Test series with Alastair Cook, the captain, overseeing the recovery.
Pietersen also criticised many pundits, who took “lazy potshots” at IPL. It is a cheap shot to blame the IPL and portray the young Indian player as being uncaring about Test cricket, Pietersen wrote in his Daily Telegraph column on Monday 25th August. He knows Virat Kohli will be hurting and he also knows how happy M Vijay was to score a century at Trent Bridge and almost got another one at Lord’s. It was dream come true for all of them to play a Test at Lord’s. It hurts these guys every single time they do not score Test runs, Pietersen came out anrily in his latest article on IPL controversy.
Pietersen has put the blame on the Indian officials for their reluctance to let their players appear in IPL’s counterpart domestic tournaments and as a result hampering the team’s Test chances. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has stopped its players appearing in Twenty20 competitions because it does not want to add broadcast value to tournaments that rival the IPL, Pietersen claimed. Fine, but it has to loosen its stance on players appearing in first-class domestic competitions abroad if it wants to build a successful Test team. Send players away to spend time in county cricket or the southern hemisphere.
This does not apply just to batsmen. Indian bowlers need to learn the lengths they have to bowl in Australia, South Africa or England. The opportunities are there for every player this was what he added. He also exclaimed that we would welcome them in England, but they just need to be encouraged to look beyond their home country.
From IPL controversy KP moved to questioning England’s approach to the limited-overs format, Pietersen felt England are playing one-day cricket with the Test selection in mind. England’s strategy of picking orthodox, Test-style batsmen at the top of the order and relying on the power-hitters lower down to build a big score is not working was the thing which Pietersen pointed. England are still playing one-day cricket with Test selection in mind and are not choosing players who produce the brand of cricket that is going to win a World Cup.
Pietersen also welcomed the addition of Alex Hales, the Nottinghamshire opener, to the One-Day International squad and he expects him to play well. But he said that in-form Jason Roy, his Surrey teammate, should have been included as well.
Pitersen thinks Jason has had a fantastic summer and has shots all around the wicket and is a lot more consistent now.