Former England flamboyant batsman Kevin Pietersen has called for cricket boards around the world to refrain from scheduling a series during the Indian Premier League [IPL], stating that the cash-rich league is the biggest show in town.
The 14th season of the cash-rich Indian Premier League [IPL] is all set to take center stage in a weeks’ time. The tournament will kick off with defending champions Mumbai Indians locking horns with the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 09.
The tournament will take place across six Indian cities- Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru, Due to the Covid situation in the country, the entire season will be played behind closed doors.
”Cricket boards need to realise that the IPL is the biggest show in town. DO NOT schedule ANY international games whilst it’s on. V v v [Very, very, very] simple!” said Pietersen in a tweet on his official Twitter account.
Cricket boards need to realise that the @IPL is the biggest show in town.
DO NOT schedule ANY international games whilst it’s on.
V v v simple!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) April 2, 2021
Kevin Pietersen’s tweet has come at a time when there is a huge furor regarding South Africa allowing its IPL-bound players namely Quinton de Kock [Mumbai Indians], Kagiso Rabada Delhi Capitals], David Miller [Rajasthan Royals], Anrich Nortje [Delhi Capitals] and Lungisani Ngidi [Chennai Super Kings] to skip the upcoming three-match T20I series against Pakistan which is scheduled to kickstart from April 10.
A prior contract between the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] and Cricket South Africa [CSA] has been cited as the reason behind the latter allowing its marquee players to skip the international assignment.