Former England captain, Kevin Pietersen opines that the cricket boards around the shouldn’t be scheduling any international games when the “biggest show in town”, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is being held. While many current English players claim that they have learned a lot in the IPL, Pietersen has “simply” floated an idea for the cricket boards to not schedule any matches when the cash-rich league is being held.
Tweeting about the same, Kevin Pietersen wrote: “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!”
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
IPL 2021 season is scheduled to be commencing on April 9 in Chennai with a high-octane clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians ()MI and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Though Pakistan and South Africa are currently locking horns, Pietersen was pointing towards New Zealand’s tour of England which will likely clash with the IPL playoffs.
England is scheduled to play a two-match Test series against New Zealand, starting June 2 while the IPL final will be played on May 30. In March, England all-rounder Sam Curran had admitted that if CSK fails to qualify for the playoffs in IPL, he will likely be available for the New Zealand series.
Meanwhile, in IPL 2021, each team is set to play at four venues during the league stages. Out of the 56 league matches, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru will host 10 matches each while Ahmedabad and Delhi will host 8 matches each.
One of the highlights of this edition of the IPL will be the fact that all matches will be played at neutral venues, no team will b having the home advantage. All teams will play at 4 out of 6 venues during the league stage.