England's jealousy towards IPL saddens Pietersen

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Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 15:38 [IST]
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England jealous of IPL, says Pietersen

New Delhi, Apr 12: England batsman Kevin Pietersen feels jealousy could be the reason behind negative thoughts in England regarding the lucrative Indian Premier League.

Pietersen joined Bangalore based franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008. In 2011 he played for the Deccan Charges, he was later bought by Delhi Daredevils during the IPL 5 auction.

Since its launch in 2008, the Indian Premier League has become a huge success with a combination of glamour, entertainment and its ability to attract the best international cricketers. But the cash-rich league has seen little interest in England.

"It (the IPL) is very much struggling to find acceptance back home. "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," the Delhi Daredevils batsman said.

Pietersen comments come after Wisden slammed Indian 'self-interest' of promoting twenty20 games which led to Team India's dismal show in Test cricket during the tour of 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. It is a perfect storm. And the global game sits unsteadily in the eye. India, your sport needs you," wrote Wisden editor Lawrence Booth.

Pietersen, the only English player taking part in the fifth edition of IPL, said experience gained in the tournament could be useful when England tour India for a Test and one-day series later in November.

"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 pacer Stuart Broad was ruled out of this year's IPL due to injury, while James Anderson and Graeme Swann were unsold at the auction in February.

England couldn't cope up with spin attack in the sub-continent as they were whitewashed by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. The Test series against Sri Lanka ended in a draw which ended England's four consecutive Test defeats.


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