IPL news April 12, 2012

England 'jealous' of IPL - Pietersen


Kevin Pietersen has blamed England's lack of enthusiam for the IPL on "jealousy," fuelling the debate over attitudes towards India's all-consuming Twenty20 tournament. Interest in the IPL remains limited in the UK, with media coverage virtually non-existent and more attention given to the start of the County Championship season.

Pietersen, who along with Eoin Morgan is the only current England international in this year's IPL, believes he knows why. "The IPL is very much struggling to find acceptance back home," he told reporters in India. "It saddens me because I have had an amazing time at the IPL.

"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 [UK] media, I don't know why."

Pietersen, like many England players, is unable to take part in England's own Twenty20 tournament because it clashes with the international schedule but the BCCI have been careful to ensure their top players are available for the IPL.

Pietersen's comments follow a scathing assessment of the effect of IPL in Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. Wisden's editor, Lawrence Booth, complained of: "The rise of a Twenty20-based nationalism, the growth of private marketeers and high-level conflicts of interest," adding: "It is a perfect storm and the global game sits unsteadily in the eye."

While other England players have been released for early season four-day Championship matches, Pietersen's emphasis is on the Twenty20 game. "Playing another month in the subcontinent honing my skills, training with the spinners and practising, I consider myself so very fortunate," he said.

"I'd love to see more English players available for ... well not only available, I would love to see them picked up because I also see some of the games being played at the moment and I just think ... man, up here would have been lot better if the Andersons, Bresnans and Boparas were involved in the IPL," he added in an interview with CNN-IBN. "The guys like Bell, you've got world class players who are sitting in England now wanting to play the IPL when you've got some second rate Australians getting gigs here.

"So for me, it's sad that I don't have fellow team-mates playing in the IPL and embarking on a magnificent journey here in the subcontinent and it'll help English cricket as well."

England fast bowler Stuart Broad pulled out of IPL this week because of injury, while two more members of England's attack, James Anderson and Graeme Swann, were unsold.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Roo on April 15, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @JG2704... Agree with all replys to your IPL question... It is starting later than when cricket has finished in Oz & AFL, Rugby, NRL are all starting in March with pre-season comp's... Also the IPL match times obviously suit Indian TV schedules & are a bit late for east coast Oz viewing - who's going to sit up watching this on a week night?... Maybe a few shift workers & couch potatoes... Must admit that I keep an interest in matches & was glad that Shaun Marsh had a good game a few days ago, but Cricinfo gives me enough... After all, it is another countries domestic competition which means little to Aussies & the BBL gives my family all the 20/20 that we need & enjoy during our cricket season...

  • Andrew on April 15, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    @Nutcutlet - not sure how serious you were about KRACKIT. I wouldn't want to change the things you mentioned, I think hitting a ball on the full into the crowd could be a TEN, & if the grand stands have another tier (or out of the ground) could be a TWENTY. I would more likely go for substitute rules being allowed. It would be a case of say 14 men playing, 11 fielding & batting. You can play those 14 however you liked it. This would mean you would have more depth in your batting but equally more depth in bowling, which could lead to better quality of cricket, I hate seeing slow bowlers pretending to be spinners being so effective, (two names spring to mind D Hussey & M Samuels but there are plenty of others). (I would add that it is all OK when D Hussey is bowling for Oz!!!). The other aspect I would consider is Tip & Run! LOL! They almost do it anyway! You could also chuck in a rule where the batsmen must be ready for the bowler at ALL times!!!

  • Andrew on April 15, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    @JG2704 - I would prefer to see the IPL change it's focus from being a Premier Cricket League, to more of a Master's Sports Entertainment Schedule. Current top flight cricketers concentrate on playing Tests & ODIs or retire & join the IPL. I like the concept of the Champions League, however, I think the BCCI is being to greedy weighting the qualifications in a way in which 4 IPL sides can play. Also any Champions League with ZERO representation from Pakistan is hollow. The other thing that ticks me off is that when International Players have 2 or more sides they are qualified to play for, they MUST be automatically required to play for their team of origin. ATM - players usually nominate to play for the biggest salary. NSW had about 3 frontline players playing for other teams at the last edition. A Masters competition would provide entertainment, a few years back we had Beach cricket played in Oz, it was a treat seeing Viv Richards & Dessie Haynes taking on Border, Thommo & Gough!

  • Andrew on April 15, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    @JG2704 - as Jonesy2 said, early instalments were shown on free to air, I found interesting, just seeing cricket played on Indian grounds, we don't see much of it in Oz. However, I was getting jack of the annoying pop up adverts for mobile phones & stuff. Nobody I know is interested in the IPL unless there is some noteworthy performance from an Ozzy player. I loosely hoped for Warnie's Royals to win, but when it was on TV, I'd rather watch the Mentalist or CSI-Wherever or ABC news or a re-run of Neighbours! The only coverage is Internet or a snippet in the paper usually if an Ozzy has done something noteworthy. I don't follow it as T20 is (IMO) primarily for non-cricket fans. I think it is a great vehicle for people who have short concentration spans. I think T20 is great to take the game to the US, Sth America & China & even the Olympics, but give me Tests first, then ODIs next & a LONG DROP (for the country folk, he he) to T20s!!!!!!!!

  • Randolph on April 15, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    @JG2704 - the first couple were on OneHD (the free-to-air sports channel) but no longer (although there are highlights packages still). This obviously means that the viewing numbers fizzled out pretty quick. Personally I have very little interest in it - I just enjoy seeing Gilly carve it up as he is my favourite cricketer. The BBL is much more popular. Having said that I don't like the new league; I don't support any team. I am a Redbacks supporter so I supported them when they played in the Big Bash.

  • MANEESH on April 14, 2012, 19:57 GMT


  • Bryn on April 14, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    JG2704 --- simple answer is no. its not on TV, nobody follows it. the first and second editions were on tv and were pretty welll followed but nah you wouldnt even know it was happening if you didnt come on cricinfo. champions league is different of course

  • John on April 14, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    @Posted by CandidIndian on (April 12 2012, 23:56 PM GMT) Hi CI - Nice to have your comms again. I can't comment on the falling viewing figures as I don't know the figures , but the rest of your post is spot on as usual

  • John on April 14, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    @dunger.bob/Meety/RandyOz/Zenboomerang/Jamesbadgewing and other Oz fans - I'm very interested to know how much interest there is in your country in IPL , both from a personal point of view and from your country in general? Is IPL shown in Oz (I guess it would be) and if so what are the viewing figures like? Also how much media coverage is there in Oz ? Finally , if you are not an IPL fan is it because it is you are not a T20 fan or because you're own Big Bash takes priority.

  • John on April 14, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    @Harmony111 Maybe India are the most passionate fans of the game ,but even the most passionate fans would not watch as much of another domestic T20 tournament if there were so few Ind players involved.You say how little time Eng have for the IPL - How much time do Indians have for the English T20? Also disagree about the quality of the games.Last year one of the semi finals (Somerset/Hants) went down to a super over.You get good and bad T20 games in Eng- just like in the IPL. Anyway , as far as I'm concerned it's not a debate about who has the better players - I concede that the IPL attracts more superstars. Also you say re Indian fans "unlike the Brits who seem to come out only when their team wins some" Disagree that UK is any better or worse than India for fairweather fans.The comms multiplied from Ind fans when they beat us 5-0 in the ODIs from the end of the Eng tour.

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