Former England captain Kevin Pietersen believes that franchise cricket plays a crucial role in the development of young and upcoming cricketers.
Pietersen was one of the first English superstars who came out in the open to support the Indian Premier League during its initial years when the ECB were largely reluctant in sending its players to play in the biggest franchise tournament in the world.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Kevin Pietersen said that having a franchise-based competition in England was the need of the hour and ‘The Hundred’ has come at an ideal time.
According to KP, playing in franchise tournaments helps a young cricketer take his game to the next level as he gets to spend time with the superstars of the game in the dressing room.
He also added that with all the big journalists and commentators covering the game, there is an increased spotlight on young players and that not only helps them get accustomed to the pressure of expectations but it also helps them take their game to the next level.
‘’I have been talking about having a franchise-based competition in England for the past so many years. Because having played in a lot of franchise tournaments in India, Australia, UAE, West Indies, franchise cricket is what builds the youngsters. Franchise cricket helpX you develop as a player and if you can’t take the opportunity as a young player to spend time with senior cricketers, to make the next step in your career and having the commentary panel and having big journalists covering the game, having superstars covering the game, you are missing such a major opportunity,’’ said Kevin Pietersen.