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England jealous of IPL: KP

2012-04-12 11:40

New Delhi - Jealousy could be the reason for negative attitudes in England towards the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), England batting star Kevin Pietersen has said.

The Twenty20 IPL was an instant hit when it began in 2008 as a mix of glamour, entertainment and international stars playing short-form cricket, but it has attracted little interest in England.

"It (the IPL) is very much struggling to find acceptance back home," the South Africa-born England batsman, who is playing for Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing tournament, was quoted as saying in the Indian media on Thursday.

"It saddens me because I have had an amazing time at the IPL, and it's down to a lot of jealousy I think which is sad. It saddens me all the negative publicity the IPL gets in the (British) media, I don't know why."

His comments came as the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, in its latest issue, blamed the influence of T2O games for India's recent dismal run in Test cricket which saw them lose eight successive matches in England and Australia.

"The disintegration of India's feted batting line-up has coincided with the rise of a Twenty20-based nationalism, the growth of private marketeers and high-level conflicts of interest," wrote Wisden editor Lawrence Booth.

"It is a perfect storm. And the global game sits unsteadily in the eye. India, your sport needs you."

Pietersen, the only big England star taking part in this year's IPL, said experience gained in the tournament will be useful when England tour India for a Test and one-day series later this year.

"It will benefit the team (England), especially because we will be touring India later in the year," he said.

"Playing another month in the subcontinent honing my skills, training with the spinners and practicing, I consider myself so very fortunate."

England fast bowler Stuart Broad was forced to miss this year's IPL due to injury, while pace spearhead James Anderson and leading spinner Graeme Swann went unsold at the auction in February.

England failed to cope with spin on their recent Asia tour when they lost four of their five Tests, three against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and one in Sri Lanka.

AFP

Comments
  • David - 2012-04-12 12:50

    Indians need to realise that attacks on IPL are not attacks on India or their fans, don't take it personally. I think it was Steyn who likened IPL to a paid holiday. You cannot deny that India's demise in Test cricket has mirrored the rise of IPL, Lawrence Booth is spot on. Perhaps England don't like IPL because they are focused on the Test rankings, which they lead (for now...)

  • Gunner - 2012-04-12 13:11

    English hate the IPL because most of their players continuously get overlooked since the IPL started. There was huge disappointment when their players were overlooked again this year. The fact is that majority of the current England players play poorly in sub-continental conditions. No IPL team is willing to waste millions on these guys whilst there are other more suitable players available. Hence the snub by the English media

  • ganjabobby - 2012-04-12 13:33

    ...not to mention La Liga, Bundesliga etc.

      Topsy - 2012-04-12 15:52

      and the psl

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