Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen took a sly dig on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) , following their tweet wishing luck to Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. The 2 cricketers are representing Rajasthan Royals (RR) within the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, and had been set to tackle Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in a must-win conflict. “Good luck to our lads in right this moment’s large IPL recreation!,” the tweet from the ECB stated. “Simply think about, IMAGINE this tweet 8/9 years in the past…! I am so pleased these guys are benefitting positively from the IPL!,” Pietersen wrote, retweeting ECB. The batsman was one of many first gamers to take part within the IPL from the nation, with the England and Wales Cricket Board initially reluctant to allow the involvement of home cricketers within the cash-rich league, as alleged by the participant.
Simply think about, IMAGINE this tweet 8/9 years in the past…!
I am so pleased these guys are benefitting positively from the IPL! https://t.co/QqWx9qr1Yx
— Kevin Pietersen(@KP24) October 31, 2020
Pietersen accused the ECB of being jealous of “IPL’s cash”, citing this issue as being the one accountable for its refusal to allow homegrown cricketers from enjoying within the event. The swashbuckling batsman additional said that many gamers feared shedding their spot within the nationwide crew, in the event that they participated within the T20 league.
“Lots of people in English cricket like to elucidate their angle to the IPL as an ideological downside. It is an issue about India and cash. The ECB would not actually know how you can take care of India or cash. At any time when the IPL comes up in dialog you may really feel the assembly room develop uneasy. When the IPL began, all ECB might see was IPL’s cash and its personal jealousy. Additionally English gamers wish to play within the IPL however they’re afraid of not being picked for the nationwide crew,” wrote Pietersen in his autobiography ‘KP’ in 2014.
Stokes and Archer are amongst a handful of English cricketers who’ve shone on this yr’s version of the IPL.
Whereas Archer has been one of many main wicket-takers this season, Ben Stokes has scored a century and a half-century in his final two video games.
Jos Buttler too has impressed for Rajasthan Royals whereas Tom Curran contributed effectively earlier than being changed by Stokes of their lineup.
Jonny Bairstow has additionally proven his class for SunRisers Hyderabad, whereas England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has taken over management duties at Kolkata Knight Riders.
And whereas Chennai Tremendous Kings have struggled within the event, Sam Curran has been a shiny spark for them, placing in good performances with each bat and ball.
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