Stupid to blame IPL for England rout: Kevin Pietersen
Former captain and batting star Kevin Pietersen has said that it’s “stupid” to blame the Indian Premier League for England’s embarrassing 0-4 loss to Australia in the recently-concluded Ashes series.
Former England captain David Gower was “annoyed” after their Ashes defeat and said current skipper Joe Root had players who were “unavailable” because of the IPL.
Pietersen, an Ashes winner in 2005, 2009, 2010-11 and 2013, laughed at the remark.
“It is stupid. You can’t blame the IPL for the demise of Test cricket in England. It’s the system, it’s the county cricket system, which is poor,” Pietersen, who is representing World Giants in the Legends League Cricket here, said during an interaction on Thursday.
“It’s crazy to blame the Indian Premier League because if you have a look at the Test team, there’s only maybe (Ben) Stokes (Jonny) Bairstow and (Jos) Buttler who play the IPL.
“Hardly any of the Test team players play the IPL... So how can you blame the IPL?”
Off-the-field, the English cricketers were also mired in a controversy after a report claimed that there was a “drinking culture” in the team with the players and coaches drinking late into the night before police broke up the session.
Pietersen said there was no harm in it as the players are affected by the bio-bubble restrictions.