Kevin Pietersen has decided to lay down one major condition before the English Cricket Board to agree to if they want him to play all the formats of the game. He has said that he wants to be given permission to miss a few Test matches so that he can play in the Indian Premier League.
Everybody knows that the Indian Premier League is a cash-rich league and that many international starts want to be a part of the league. But who knew it would make players choose the Indian Premier League over their national side!
If the ECB agrees to his condition, they will see Pietersen miss two home Test matches against New Zealand in May next year, which precedes England’s defence of the Ashes against Australia.
The Indian Premier Leagues next season starts on April 3rd with the final on May 26th. As the second Test against New Zealand starts at Headingley on May 24, he would miss both games if his franchise the Delhi Daredevils reaches the playoffs.
This entire saga could see Andy Flower, team director drop Kevin Pietersens name from the 30 man squad that will be announced later on Wednesday for the ICC World T20 to be held in September.
Flower said, The England coach also expressed his sadness at Pietersen’s decision to opt out. “I think it’s sad for a player in his batting prime not to be playing all forms of international cricket, something that a lot of the guys work very hard for but are also very lucky to have the opportunity to do. So I would hate for him to get to the end of his career and look back and think, ‘Oh damn, I wish I hadn’t missed the World T20 or the 2015 World Cup’. Maybe he won’t. Maybe he’s a very… well, he is a very different person to me, so he might not think that way at all.”
The lure of the Indian Premier League is easy to understand. Aside from his huge salary, the commercial opportunities and tournament’s swanky nature appeals to Pietersen’s love of the big stage.
So what is the decision going to be? We shall have to wait and watch.