IPL news April 12, 2012

England 'jealous' of IPL - Pietersen

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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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  • POSTED BY zenboomerang 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...

  • POSTED BY Meety 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!!!

  • POSTED BY Meety 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!

  • POSTED BY Meety 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!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ 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.

  • POSTED BY MANEESHROY on | April 14, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    ENGLAND HAS NOT PRODUCED ANY CRICKETING PRODIGY IN LAST TEN YEARS. KEVIN PIETERSEN IS SOUTH AFRICAN. ENGLAND HAS ONLY PRODUCED PEDESTRIAN BOWLERS AND BATTING JUNKS . NO DOUBT ENGLAND IS JEALOUS !

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 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

  • POSTED BY JG2704 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

  • POSTED BY JG2704 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.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 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.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang 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...

  • POSTED BY Meety 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!!!

  • POSTED BY Meety 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!

  • POSTED BY Meety 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!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ 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.

  • POSTED BY MANEESHROY on | April 14, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    ENGLAND HAS NOT PRODUCED ANY CRICKETING PRODIGY IN LAST TEN YEARS. KEVIN PIETERSEN IS SOUTH AFRICAN. ENGLAND HAS ONLY PRODUCED PEDESTRIAN BOWLERS AND BATTING JUNKS . NO DOUBT ENGLAND IS JEALOUS !

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 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

  • POSTED BY JG2704 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

  • POSTED BY JG2704 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.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 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.

  • POSTED BY on | April 14, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    I couldnt care less if IPL is popular in England or Australia or wherever. IPL is popular is India ….it provides entertain to a billion people. I think we indians have reached a stage in our self esteem where we are confident about ourselves. In past we were keen for acceptance by the west, however new generation couldnt care less ..call it arrogant thats how it is and the same is reflected in players attitudes. Only thing I want from BCCI is improve the quality of pitches in the domestic . If that happens I am sure with the talent in India we will dominate the world cricket.

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | April 14, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    If more English players were in it, the English media and fans would pay more attention. However, KP reminds me more and more of Warne, very similar in terms of attention-seeking at every turn.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 14, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    @dickyboy ctd - It's not MUCH better than other T20s.Remember teams from England and Australia did fairly well in the CLT20. Somerset came quite close to knocking out MI and this was in Indian conditions too. BTW mentioning the IPL and India being ranked 7th in the world - was not meant to be a pure dig. Basically over in England we have debates that too many foreign footballers have taken up too many places which our homegrown players could be filling and it's affecting the national side. Another thing with IPL is it overlaps the English domestic season where as it probably doesn't with Australia and maybe other countries

  • POSTED BY Green_How on | April 14, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    In my view the reason why its a turn off for English fans is that it isn't a particularly good product visually. The grotesque unforms littered with sponsors and commentary that continually mentions sponsors names is enough to put me off straight away. Watching succesful global appeal leagues like the English Premier League, the NBA and the NFL and that is not the case. While these are commercially savvy leagues, they no when to let the sport do the talking. I have no doubt that the bollywood razamataz appeals to the Indian market (and so it should) but i dont think it cuts it with the rest of the world. On top of that the cricket is basically a Indian domestic league with a few veterans looking for 1 last pay day, the standard therefore doesn't match the hype. Give me a good test match like the WI v Aus game in Barbados anyday.

  • POSTED BY Chesty-la-roux on | April 13, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    12 April 2012, Albie Morkel blasts 28 runs from 6 balls in the penultimate over to save Chennai super Kings from a seemingly hopeless position, meanwhile over in the county championship Ollie Rayner grinds out a turgid 2 from 31 deliveries before being cleaned up by a creaky trundler from one time England hopeful Jon Lewis. In the same match second rate Australian Chris Rogers tried in vain to inject some excitement with a feisty 20 runs at the startling strike rate of 66.66.

  • POSTED BY Subhagji on | April 13, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    I may agree with KP here as i have been following english cricket for a while now and it is true that people over there r nt too intersted in d ipl..may be its d end of football and d start of cricket season there or may be people there r not intersetd bcoz of lack of english participation in ipl ..nyway IPL is poor without english players who are currently 20 over champions...isnt it ironical??

  • POSTED BY Erebus26 on | April 13, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    KP is right in a lot of ways. I think there is lot of jealousy about the IPL in this country. ITV4 has coverage of it but none of the other broadcasters touch with a bargepole. I don't have a problem with T20 cricket. It's an exciting brand of the sport which I think is needed in the modern age although I think it works better when played domestically than it does internationally. The positives of the IPL is it brings together cricket players young and old from all countries and it gives a chance to young Indian players to hone their skills playing against some world class cricketers. My problem with the IPL is that is there is too much money spinning about, that it is built to ensure that the two most important men in Indian cricket have the best sides - Tendulkar and Dhoni, and that some of the international players are second rate. There is also too many matches - a short sharp tournament is more exciting than a long drawn out one.

  • POSTED BY gkannuchamy on | April 13, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    That certainly is a 'switch-hit', KP.

  • POSTED BY yorkshire-86 on | April 13, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Simple reason, and its nothing to do with English media. Teams can only pick so many foreigners, and most of the English players, especially the bowlers, have nothing screaming out about them saying they are better T20 players than the Indian locals or even the 'second rate Aussies'. I mean, Bell? What would he add to a T20 team? Bresnan, Anderson and Finn may be great Test players but none of them are anywhere near the top 10 T20I bowlers lists - and to get a starting XI place as a foreigner in the IPL you need to be one of ***THE*** greatest T20 players in your country. And Bopara? If the Aussies who picked up contracts are 'second rate' then Bopara (record on the subcontinent 5 Innings 3 Ducks average under 5) must be about 'seventh rate'.

  • POSTED BY Tigg on | April 13, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    The IPL is boring. Adverts every 3 minutes, commentators trying to make out everything done on the pitch as brilliant. A short wide long hop that gets a wicket is just that, not a brilliant piece of tactical bowling. A wild mow over cow corner is just that, not a wonderful shot. A stop is a stop, not magical fielding.

    The standard of cricket played seems poor. I'd quite like to see more international T20s played, they're often exciting. The IPL isn't.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 13, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    @bluebillion on (April 13 2012, 12:00 PM GMT) Not criticising cricketers playing IPL for whatever reason. There is UK tv coverage of the event which should be enough to satisfy KP. But TBH his ego seems to have returned and he seems to want the media to make a song and dance about it.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 13, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176 on (April 13 2012, 12:10 PM GMT) Fair play. I don't really see that much praise or criticism from the English media. But like I put in my other posts , it is a tournament which takes place in another country and involves very few English players. English (non specialist) media in general take little notice of the county game so why would they bother with a tournament based in India. It is shown in UK - surely that should be enough to satisfy KP. It is up to people if they want to watch it. As said before there is not alot of media coverage on Spanish , Italian , German etc football. It's nothing to do with jealousy it's just that it has little interest for the common person in England.

  • POSTED BY SangakaraFan on | April 13, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Completely Agree with KP here...England cannot digest the fact that 20/20 cricket was started in England but was taken to another level by India & IPL. I would say ther's a decent following in Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY gdalvi on | April 13, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    @ Cris Lee and BlueBillions - kudos for your comments. IPL should (and eventually would) be looked as a Intl Cricket event - just happens to be played in India. For Aus/NZ, the timing of matches is too late. Some cricket fans obviously does not want to watch T20 no matter what - can't make horse drink water. But for others intl fans, I think the main problem is which team to support since there are no emotional Geo-political ties which fans are used to, which understandably causes loss of interest. As I said in my previous post, you need to shift loyalty from team to your favorite player(s) and support those team. In this globalized world, ECB seems bent on creating protectionism, possibly due to 'sour grapes' attitude. One way to increase intl interest is to have 'sister' cities, where one IPL team is associated with non-Indian T20 teams and must draw intl players only from those teams. Of course # of foreign players need to increase to 5-6 per game. Pls Post.

  • POSTED BY bigwonder on | April 13, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Interesting comments. If viewers in UK, Australia and other countries are not interested in IPL (mainly due to money business and lack of viewing options), then why does ECB and others believe BCCI cares of what they think about IPL. Do Indian fans care about English County cricket or BPL? Leave IPL alone and focus on your test matches. The jealousy is understandable (whether exists or not) when you can only sit at the edge and watch the game (i.e. view the IPL but cannot get a piece of the pie $$$).

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | April 13, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    very true and very honest of KP, other englishmen like Anderson, Swann, Bell, Finn, Brenson, Bopara should have been bought at the auction rather than going for second rated Aussies

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | April 13, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    I don't care what KP says the whole 20 over format will slowly ruin cricket. It seems as if the multi-national sponsors have gotten what they wanted. An easily digestible, not easily affected by weather or light considerations, truncated, dumbed down version of cricket that fits into the same time slot as a baseball, basketball or NFL game. Plenty of time for extended advertisements, yet not too much time to affect other broadcasting. TV will eventually win over cricket, then the game at the grass roots will die and the mass media monster will go for an ever shorter, easy to digest sport like 12 month football. It is already happening in Australia. And non cricket followers just call it "progress".

  • POSTED BY shahbazhussain on | April 13, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Money is the only thing making it complicated! So KP is hiddenly talking about that if you understand what he has said so far. IPL is paying each player on international standards as you see in any NBA/EPL style league back in US/UK. So why bothering saying jealous? It is understood, IPL is destroying real charm of cricket. That everybody understands. The whole thing of having IPL is to have a funding wihtout ICC involvement for capturing and distributing money which is much more bigger than one could expect from any tournament organized by ICC. So this is the money game which ICC is also watching like a silent spectator. So clearly, one who gets paid serves you better. Here KP is talking money. He has enough money in his pocket that is why talking against his own homeland. Anyway, players should keep themselves away from all this gimmick behind the scene. Stand up to save cricket rather criticizing your own country.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | April 13, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    @sanjaycrickfan, the media rarely publishes anything about the IPL, if it does its normally following on from comments like this, we see very little of the IPL on our TV's (news or otherwise), matches are hidden away on a digital T channel that gets about 1% of the uk viewing figures, and the BBC dont publish foreign Cricket league results as there are other resources for those.

  • POSTED BY ahweak on | April 13, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    IPL may or may not be the cause of decline in India's test performances, but the English media has been going over the top in crucifying India for promoting T20 cricket. They should spend more time trying to understand why english football attracts a lot of fans, despite their dismal performances on the world stage.

  • POSTED BY jazzaaaaaaaa on | April 13, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    The IPL doesnt get much coverage here in Australia as well. In the first season it got some, particularly with Shane Warne in charge of the Royals. It's not jealousy, it's just a simple fact that people outside India aren't interested, there are no teams people are affiliated with, it disrupts the international calendar which sways people away more and also it's commonly accepted that players only play in the IPL for money no matter what spin is put on it.

  • POSTED BY crick_crick on | April 13, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    and to add to my earlier comments.... whenever I open the cricinfo page and see a picture of an eng county game.. it drives me nuts.. what on earth makes that picture be shown there when there are international news to be displayed.. this shows the paramount efforts, made to promote county crick....this will never work.. no matter what..no complaints of No pictures from IPL though atleast in IPL you have international players...cos it is well received where it should be (& enjoyed as well)...

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | April 13, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    I'd love to say the aussies disinterest in football means that's something we'll always have over them but I can't. they beat us, in England, in 2002!

  • POSTED BY crick_crick on | April 13, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Kudos to KP for speaking his mind....after all there is some truth in it.. I have heard & read worst commentary ever whenever the guys get a chance to pounce on IPL.. if all failures of Indian team is to be blamed on IPL, then who/what to be blamed for the failures of the Eng team, the so called saviors of the game.. No team in history has lost 4 tests in a row immediately after becoming #1 (& to some very low ranked teams) and most importantly just averted losing the position by a whisker. Eng never plays IPL, still they failed in test matches terribly....some talk abt reduced viewership etc.. if IPL (or any short format) viewership is going to dwindle, believe me, it will never get better for tests either..the future lies in short formats, if that lose charm by n%, then test would lose charm by n-power-n%..though I wish test matches be played longer..

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | April 13, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    I'm glad KP is happy playing in the IPL. I hope it will do his game some good, though I'm not optimistic about that. The reason I don't watch IPL (although it is readily available on the internet) is because batsmen slogging for 20 overs and bowlers limited to four over spells with no-one round the bat is not interesting to me. I love cricket for the skill, concentration, strategy and mental battle between the players over an extended period of time- everything that T20 cricket is not. There's no jealousy involved, it doesn't matter where it's being played, T20 is just not a worthwhile form of the game to me.

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | April 13, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @JG2704, I guess KP talking about English media and their unwarranted criticism about IPL and not England viewers here.English media don't cover IPL but you will find lot of criticism about IPL for each and everything which happens in the world cricket even when India not involved in the matches.He is not asking the England public to watch IPL but he questioned the negative criticism of IPL by English media all the time when they have least interest about the whole tournament.Cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY bluebillion on | April 13, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    People commenting on the decline on the TV ratings of the IPL 5 - dont get that easily duped by what the media sells to you. Also read articles saying the online viewership of IPL5 has gone up by 56%!!!

  • POSTED BY bluebillion on | April 13, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Whats wrong with overseas and Indians playing the IPL for money? Its their career and hence their right to make money out of their skills! Does Drogba play for Chelsea for the love of all that is Russian? Does Aguero aspire to become a Sheikh? Does Bale want an English passport? Does Scholes retire from international football to prolong his United career for the love of Fergie? No. Money.

    I was watching an IPL game last week on ITV4 where mid-way thru the innings, your usual suspects - the obnoxious ex-cricketers of England - were discussing that English players dont get attracted by the IPL because they are so well paid. Maybe true for the ones who are contracted - what about the others?? And even the ones who are contracted - dont they have the right to earn more during their off-season? There are 2 main reasons why we dont have any current English players (apart from an Irishman and a South African) are the dictatorial Andy Flower and the attitude of some of the players.

  • POSTED BY Cris_Lee on | April 13, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    IPL is more about the game than who or which country's cricket board has initiated it. It it was not popular we would'nt have ITV4 or numerous websites & channels broadcasting it live. KP is the most popular English player now even if we consider his role in the recently concluded test against SL. The only problem he may not be liked in the domestic scene should be because of his ethnicity or where he comes from, which is a common trend here. The BCCI should be applauded for this great initiative of IPL, which could not be done by the ECB...sad. Similar to the state of English football clubs in the premier league. How many clubs are owned by localites? No funds to start a premier league for cricket? Now act like the fox than could not get the grapes, hence declared it as sour and did not wanted it. LOL

  • POSTED BY sanjaycrickfan on | April 13, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    I think many people here dont seem to understand what KP meant. He is not talking about England in general being jealous or not watching enough IPL. He is talking about the English media and their unwarranted, negative criticism of IPL and blaming it for everything that's ailing cricket. Why does the English media care so much about the IPL and how much its affecting Indian cricket in the first place when its an Indian domestic tournament ? Why does the English media worry so much about how long IPL is when they also have domestic T20 tournaments which run even longer ? At the end of the day, IPL is bringing new fans and money into the board which will also help fund test series and also give a lot of youngsters an opportunity to prove themselves and learn from seniors. It has also given the fringe players and relegated players a good career who may never play for the national team. So I see a lot of positives against negatives from this tournament for cricket.

  • POSTED BY thebignoel on | April 13, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    @ Pissu11

    Who is the one track pony?? England, who have recently drawn a test series in Sri Lanka and won an ODI series and T20 series against Pakistan??

    Or India who were destroyed last year in a Test series in England, destroyed in a Test series in Australia, lost a ODI series in England and did not make the final of the CB series in Australia?????

    Sure England were destroyed in the ODI series in India last year, but it is a bit rich to declare England to be a one track pony because they struggle on the subcontinent when India struggle just as much if not more when they are away from the subcontinent!!

  • POSTED BY battingaboveyouraverage on | April 13, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Didn't ECB setup their own little tournament with Mr Stanford to deter England players from getting a pay date in IPL. That worked out well ....! Agreed that county cricket doesn't get much exposure overseas, but doesn't stop Kolpack, Aussies and in the nineties sub continent players coming over to play. KP stated that playing some IPL has helped his game, but the article focuses on the 'Jealous' statement. For all those who don't like the IPL, is it the format, duration or the dramatisation? Bet you you wouldn't say no to a pair off Friends Life twenty/20 final tickets? Point is that there is some truth in what KP is saying, although he could have been more tactful! Hey, that's KP! Didn't hear people have a go at Swann regarding his comments, about TEAM MATES, in his book. Interest remains limited among fans, but show me a county player given the chance to play IPL 99% will say yes! Bopara, Collingwood, Morgan, Dimi, KP, Shah, Wright. Trevor Penny & snape are coaches!

  • POSTED BY davcoll on | April 13, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    The reason i dont watch it.is because I have no affiliation to any of the teams.Watching The Rest of the World A v The Rest of the world B. C v D etc etc.Who cares.At least when i watch my county Kent.I have a real interest,and root for my team.Just a collection of Rest of the World teams holds no interest.Has beens aswell .come to think of it.

  • POSTED BY Pissu11 on | April 13, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    English are one track ponies,they are not impressive in subcontinent.IPL is high voltage tournament and only best can play and survive here. Fredie,KP are some of the greats who deserve to play in IPL,rest are good players but not good in these conditions. So dont be jealous be a sport and practice hard in nets to hone up your skills.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | April 13, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Slowly but surely there is a parting of the ways between traditional cricket (3-5 days' duration) & the shortest form of the game. I throw this comparison into the debate: what is happening between, say, the IPL & Test cricket, is somewhat like the1895 split of codes in rugby. There are different rules; there are fewer players in rugby league (13, not 15); the scoring system is different (and weighted in favour of try-scoring in league), & so on. Now that the parting of the ways is becoming more & more apparent in cricket, I'm wondering how long it will be before it is formalised. Here are some suggestions: larger stumps; bigger bats; two boundary rings. Clearing the first is a 6; clearing the second (20 metres further back) is an 8. Fielders can be placed between the two rings - why not? Boundary-hits can be similarly calibrated: 4 & 6 respectively. It's all about entertainment. I see no reason why this evolution shouldn't begin soon. Is it still cricket? Nope! Let's call it KRACKIT!

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | April 13, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Personally I think lo is spot on and if the ecb got there first it would the best thing since sliced bread..I cant believe anyone is intetested in county cricket- as the dwindling crowds show.. basically if English players don't want to take patt then so be It..no one is going to cry about it..the tournament is great and I am really enjoying watching the matches back on sky+...

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 13, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Again , many Indian fans want to make an argument of something where there should not be an issue. The fact there is little media coverage is because cricket is not nearly as big a sport as football for instance and if Spanish Football gets little media attention then why would an overseas tournament in a lesser sport get media coverage. There is little coverage of the Bangladesh,SA,Oz domestic tournament but you don't get Luke Wright eg (who played in Oz) complaining about no media interest. Personally it's like me saying I'm not interested in Rugby and then a Rugby fan saying it's just because I'm jealous of the sport. Finally , IPL may be great for viewing figures but if rankings are accurate it can't be doing the national side much good. They lie in 7th place at the moment. Not meant to be a dig but a truth. PS someone said about test cricket dying. Eng still gets decent viewing figures in test cricket so I guess different fmts mean different things to different people

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 13, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    @IndiaNumeroUno Cricinfo are correct. Shah and DM are not current international players. ECB are not doing their best to sabotage IPL - How do you work that out? KP and Morgan are there and it's not like either have been given an ultimatum - IPL or England and even if they did , IPL could easily survive without them. They probably prefer KP not to be there as playing 4 day cricket in England is better prep for facing SA than T20 in India. If the T20 in SL was next they may have a different stance. Also ITV4 is just a tiny channel which shows series from the 80s which no one wants to watch. They would only have picked this up because SKY weren't interested and it was cheap.

  • POSTED BY lankanlioncric on | April 13, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    i'm a sri lankan n i dont watch ipl or interested in it. how can peterson force ECD to accept IPL. its an indian tournament targeted for indians only. so KP, just coz u enjoy IPL, dont expect everyone to do. yes, in IPL sells in english media, u'd get higher bid next season. nice try KP.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | April 13, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    @nzcricket BTW us yorkshiremen don't take kindly to outsiders thinking they know better than us regarding one of our own. Whether they're from Lancashire, the south of England (both worse than aussies to us) or NZ. Especially when they've only seen them play once on TV, and when we've seen them develop at Yorkshire and go on to be a fine international bowler.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | April 13, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    @nzcricket. Ah yes the england v bangladesh match when Tamim Iqbal played a blinding innings against all the england bowlers. I t was a brilliant individual innings but doesn't make the England bowlers bad ones. Is that the best example you can come up with. England have won every test in which Tim has played so to answer my own question, yes that probably is the best and only example you can find of Tim not playing to his full potential.

  • POSTED BY stickywicketnick on | April 13, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Anyone considered that it's because the IPL is a rubbish, boring tournament filled with 'show pony' players like KP? I think it was his wallet talking in this interview not his cricketing brain. Why would English fans be "jealous" of a competion that fuelled by french cuts and edges for six? Just more proof why KP isn't a popular player in the eyes of the English public.

  • POSTED BY seagrip on | April 13, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Erm, what planet are you from Kevin? Oh that's right planet Kevin, where the worlds atmosphere revolves around your head. The media isnt 'jealous' or 'negative' in England. The media worldwide is non existent because this is a domestic T20 tournament Kevin. Just because you are on a large $$ contract it doesnt mean the rest of the world should be tuning in to follow your every move. It saddens me that you think Englands best players should be turning out in an Indian T20 circus rather than playing First Class County Championship games! Maybe this is why you have been an average test and ODI player for 5 years, around the time you left for planet Kevin. One decent Test inning against SL in the last 5 years doesnt give you the right to start promoting yourself as some sort of authority on cricket. The reason 2nd rate Aussie players are playing there is that all the decent ones value Test cricket for their country over Indian T20. I am not sure you get that. How very sad for real cricket

  • POSTED BY SpadeaSpade on | April 13, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    2nd rate Australians indeed, Like second rate South Africans hey KP !!!

  • POSTED BY derpherp on | April 13, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @spmsk Football being bigger? yes, Football being better? Opinion. I personally find soccer (cause im Aussie) as boring as watching England's top order play ;)

  • POSTED BY VillageBlacksmith on | April 13, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    yep, IPL is like KFC, extrermely unpleasant and not good for you.. like I think everyone says here, no-one outside of India is remotely interetsed.... Different defunct competition I know but I'm glad Cairns cleared his name... Look out for more dodgy shenanigans, perhaps that's also why people don't like it??

  • POSTED BY sanjaycrickfan on | April 13, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Some people like to believe Test cricket will always have an audience but I'm afraid its interest is fading rapidly, even in a country like India. When there used to be healthy crowds for tests some time ago, even centers like Chennai and Kolkata are struggling to bring in people and this has nothing to do with IPL. The trend started quite a while even before this tournament started. In other countries like Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Pakistan and West Indies, the boards are already bankrupt and their players are barely getting paid.

    Its absurd to even think people will go out of their way to watch a game which lasts 5 days and have periods of play which is as dull as watching paint dry and finally may end in a draw. It will probably continue to having a small audience in traditional test countries like England and Australia but not anywhere else. T20 and IPL is a natural evolution of cricket for people who are still interested in the game but cant give up their whole life to watch it.

  • POSTED BY Neil_England on | April 13, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    As many people have said, the IPL is a domestic competition in India. How many foreign domestic leagues in any sport get much domestic coverage in the UK? Not many, even La Liga and Serie A get very little coverage, in a football mad nation. You just have to ignore most of what KP says :)

  • POSTED BY IndiaNumeroUno on | April 13, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    KP has touched a raw nerve LOL!!!

    It is fact though... ECB failed to create anything like IPL and when India did it, they now try everything in their power (which is not much thankfully!!) to undermine and sabotage it - including threatening own players!.. Sad for cricket and cricketers trying to earn a living.

  • POSTED BY IndiaNumeroUno on | April 13, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Not sure what the big deal is... no one in India knows or cares about county cricket. Also, most Indians love IPL and it really is irrelevant whether or not it receives any attention in UK or elsewhere - as the viewership and following within India itself is humongous!

    However, need to point out some glaring errors in the article.

    #1. "Pietersen, who along with Eoin Morgan is the only current England international in this year's IPL"... You missed out Owais Shah and Mascrenhas. Broad pulled out due to injury.

    #2. "Interest in the IPL remains limited in the UK, with media coverage virtually non-existent"... ITV4 shows all the IPL matches live!

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | April 13, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    @nzcricket174, yep Bresnan is a flop, especially with 43 wickets at a shade over 24, to go along with a his mediocre batting average of 40, I agree those are very bad figures.....Oh wait..........

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | April 13, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    KP, a big bat but not much else it seems. Can't agree that "western" people aren't jealous of the IPL, they are simply indifferent because it is in reality a domestic competition with a bit of stunt casting to give it some credibility outside India. .. I reckon he said what he said because he doesn't want to be seen as a sceptic. (Not good for him at the next auction if he is seen as a money grabbing opportunist) ... I've got nothing against T20, its fine as a form of the game, but the IPL is the Indian Players league, with the emphasis on Indian Players, so why is everyone so astounded that its appeal is pretty much confined to India? .. seems a no brainer to me.... for example, I don't expect anyone outside Australia to give a rats you know what about the Big Bash League we have here.... I mean, seriously, why would they? .. as far as I can see the IPL is an Indian thing and it seems a little strange that anyone would expect other countries else to be interested..

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | April 13, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    @McGorium, To be honest theres more to English football than the EPL doesnt face any competition from the IPL especially when its in the final stages of the season. in the UK the IPL was about on par with the Cycling World Championship in 2010, puts it into perspective.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | April 13, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Surely when judging something's popularity, one has to take into account several factors, not the least of which is population size and disitribution.. The UK has approx 55 million.. The Scots, Welsh and Irish have little or no interest in cricket.So that means the percentage of the UK population as a wholewho are interested, even in English crciket, is quite small. Hence the reluctance of the broadcasters to cough up big bucks to screen what is after all, an Indian domestic cricket competition. India on the other hand has a vast population.. so even if the same percentage of Indians watch the IPL, the numbers are huge, probably greater that the whole population of the UK.. .

  • POSTED BY v_singh on | April 13, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    @ Meety : thank you for your balanced views.. I had been gaining an impression (by reading comments) that most (non-Indian) cricket fans like to criticize IPL and ignore other domestic T20 tournaments around the world. IPL is not great but it has done wonders for some fringe players (in India - Yusuf Pathan, Ajankye Rahane, Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Umesh Yadav et al came to prominence through the IPL - when they played with current and past internationals from around the world; also, Aussies had almost dicovered Shaun Marsh before his form deserted him)... The shortest format of the game, when played on sporting pitches, also makes for wonderful viewing.. Unfortunately, most matches in IPL have pitches prepared for a run scoring marathon...

  • POSTED BY rnarayan on | April 13, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Sometimes I think our Kevin's from another planet. Jealous? sure, but on that basis Indians are jealous of the County Championship, which we dont watch! Jealousy, surely, is what may arise when you watch something which is not available at home. Like, I wish we had the Man U, Arsenal, etc here..

  • POSTED BY McGorium on | April 13, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    @yoohoo: IPL may have arrested the tide of people preferring to spend money on the EPL or Formula-1, but the IPL isn't helping cricket. It isn't about being stuck-up, it's just a plain and simple fact. IPL isn't increasing the viewership for ODIs or tests; in fact it's likely eating into the ODI viewership. What next? As it stands, peoples' interest in the game is waning, so will we have a T15 and a T10 version, to bring in crowds, albeit temporarily? The IPL is not about cricket; it is about using cricket to convince you to buy stuff you don't need. An advertising engine that gets bums in seats by guaranteeing eyeballs by hiring big-name international players. EPL doesn't have to change the rules of football to sell football. IPL morphed a pastoral game into something barely recognizable

  • POSTED BY spmsk on | April 13, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    I Strongly disagree to KP's comments. IPL can never find acceptance in England as long as EPL is in existence. Football obviously is a bigger and better sport to cricket.

  • POSTED BY HadleeCrowe on | April 13, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Oh come on. Of course no one in the uk is interested in the IPL it features a bunch of mediocre indian players with a few quality players in each team .... It receives scant media attention in new zealand as well. I have said this b4 on blogs, for the IPL to become a global brand it needs more foreign players involved.... be trully global like the english premier league with the possibility of entire teams of foreigners, after all the E.p.l. is what they are trying to copy anyway.

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | April 13, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    I beleive England are doing well to safeguard their own interest which should be the primary objective of any board. Perhaps the reason why they have done better at test cricket because their key players have all played the county champiopnship rather than T-20. As far as IPL goes the BCCI have done well to promote cricket and to earn their players a good living. Apart from that it has less cricket value and will fall in TV rating as it goes along

  • POSTED BY johntycodes on | April 13, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    So in england they have limited coverage. So what here in austrlia we don't even have any games shown on tv or pay tv at all and maybe a paragraph in the main newspapers about the matches the night before. They make it sound like the whole world is really following the ipl except england. The whole southern hemisphere couldn't care less.

  • POSTED BY mayhem.rules on | April 13, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    absolutely right @kirankerai...eng, pak, aus...all these teams hv had a very gd 2011...india on the other hand has had 1 of the worst cricketing yr post their world cup triumph...they hv only gone around playing the ipl, touring outside the subcontinent and hv fallen down to a great degree from where it will take some doing 2 reach the top...neway the bcci is not at all worried about the no 1 spot...all it wants is the $money$...so here we r in the ipl...where all the members of the loosing indian team r playing ... and how well r they playing ... aren't they...1 thing is 4 sure...as kp has said...it has definitely benifitted the overseas players...not the indian players or players from the subcontinent in any way...so lets keep our head aside and continue 2 njoy the sport...not 4 the players ... but 4 the love of the game...

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | April 13, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    @shan156, same can be said about England as well.Except current England team ,no other teams had 4 straight test losses immediately after reaching no.1 rank,even India didn't lose it that way for 18 months.Everyone knows England too are terrible outside England just like India.And you know England are not worthy to be no.1 after 4 losses in a row and southafrica should replace them in that case if your point is considered.

  • POSTED BY EdJoseph on | April 13, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    I agree with KP, IPL needs more of English players surely they will add more vlue to the game than the 2nd rate and retired aussies. What these aussies players say about Indians and cricketers are not from the heart they. They are here only for money and retirement benfits. Come on IPL get more English players and make the tournment intersting to watch. Edmond

  • POSTED BY Just_love_it on | April 13, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    Honestly KP is right....after all they r all professional players and they have very limited time to earn money and IPL id best for it...Once they they r done with their short career players r in trouble if they didnt made some good money to last long.

  • POSTED BY yoohoo on | April 13, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    What most people fail to understand is that the IPL was the result of expanding football following among the youth in india. And the IPL as successfully done the job (in just 5 years) of arresting the outflow of fans from cricket to football among the youth.

    I am in the 30s and I remember how most the young pups that joined our firm were more into Man U, Chelsea, Livepool etc. and were only looking at cricket scoresheets for important series. People had anyway stopped watching the matches because they were too long. Now on the other hand EVERYBODY (atleast the youth and many non-stuckup older folks) catch the 8pm match for atleast an hour or two (during dinner time etc.). The matches are discussed next day in office, and the best thing is that the youth is completely hooked up. IPL has made a huge difference to the youth of india, it is upto england whether they want to make a difference in the youth following or just stick to the dwindling oldies.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 13, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    If I were Indian, I'd be proud of the IPL event. If I was an Indian cricket fan (a purist), I would have some misgivings about the IPL. As an Ozzy, I think there are pros & cons, I have a preference to have NONE of our bowlers who are anywhere near test selection playing in the event, & only a selection of Test batsmen playing in what is essentially a DOMESTIC comp. I dislike the fact, (part of life), that Ozzy players end up playing for IPL sides in the Champions League. I actually would prefer no foreigners in any side DURING THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. The IPL can take some of the mystery of (for non asians) playing in India. I actually think in the long term the IPL could actually HELP WIndies cricket, by making cricket a more appealing "career-path" for young athletes in the WIndies who are tempted by Basketball & Baseball. However - the IPL is a drain on the cricket calendar as well & I think it has taken the edge off the Indian test team.

  • POSTED BY foxee1 on | April 13, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    KP must live in a bubble. Does he think that these comments he's made about English jealousy and 2nd rate Australian players in the IPL won't be scrutinised around the world. Hope he's getting along with his second rate team mates, Dave Warner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Travis Birt.

  • POSTED BY subbass on | April 13, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    HE DID NOT SAY THIS.

    REPEAT - HE DID NOT SAY THIS !

    All he said was it was disappointing that the best England players do not play and that there was some negative press in the UK. Which to me actually, is not even true. Fact is most people don't care much about IPL as there are so few players from England playing in it. I know I would watch more if there were more in than just 1 or 2. So you get no press columns at all on it apart from very minor coverage of the results, there is hardly any proper coverage. There would be more as I say, if there were more England players in it.

    plz publish !

  • POSTED BY soorajiyer on | April 13, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    I watch and enjoy cricket.. Be in test, odi and t20.. Be it the early morning matches between victoria vs nsw or whether its in the afternoon between yorkshire vs middlesex.. I watch cricket and I need cricket.

    I could not care any less if xyz country watches or not. I am not going to do a tit for tat as well. If Aussies dont watch IPL, I will still watch Big bash t20. For me my life is better with a bit cricket everyday! Watch it if you enjoy, else dont - simple.

  • POSTED BY batmannrobin on | April 13, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    @MrTom10 - The fact of the matter is no team has beaten Indian in a home series since 04 and barring SA, no team has even won a test in India since 2006. And they won 2-0 against WI, one of them by an innings and another by 5 wickets and nearly won the dead rubber as well. They won 1-0 against NZ again , the winning test by an innings. Also u have conveniently chosen to ignore the 2-0 hammering of Australia and srilanka ( both winning tests by an innings)in the same years that you posted stats on.And can you name another team which won their home world cup - let alone a home world cup final? And can you tell which team's test stock has risen in recent years?

  • POSTED BY leggetinoz on | April 13, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    using KP as some type of independent comment on the nature of IPL is a bit rich. Of course KP will defend the IPL, he is making a fortune for it. What the people outside of India think is based on the fact that they see their players frequently get injured (and sometimes long term injured) and miss national/state/county games while the home country cricket board receive very little in the way of any compensation. It is also a meaningless mickey mouse tournament built for TV (it is the WWE of cricket) and that T20 as a whole is nothing but a game for TV where even the most skillfully challenged playwers can carve out a name for themselves and ruining the techniques of so many younger up and coming players. When it comes to club versus country in cricket, those outside of the IPL will still pick country and we want our players.

  • POSTED BY sportofpain on | April 13, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    I like what KP has said. The guy has character to say this. For this, 'the establishment' will ditch him the moment he struggles but he is an international class player so he feels like he can speak his mind.

    There is too much dogma about this really - it is cricket played by some of the best players in the world in the best market for cricket in the world. If the stodgy English and Aussie establishment can't accept it - too bad. The world has moved on and your players are dying to play IF they get picked.

  • POSTED BY KP_84 on | April 13, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    As 'ziggy500' says, there is no coverage of the IPL here in Aus. People aren't complaining either - once the footy season starts, it's as if the other sports don't exist. Interest (or at least curiosity) in/about the IPL was quite high over here in 2008. The TV rights were actually bought by a free-to-air channel, not the pay-TV provider Foxtel - indicative of the high level of interest. However, the Ten Network stopped telecasting the matches after the first couple of seasons. The fact is, the IPL occurs at the wrong time of the year and the wrong time of the day. Australians don't care enough about the IPL to be jealous of it. I suspect it's the same with the English.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | April 13, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    @yorkshirematt Bresnan and Broad are another set of over hyped English players. Broad is a good all rounder but not amazing like all the commentator say he is; and Bresnan is just a flop man, everybody saw Tamim Iqbal demolish him in 2010.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | April 12, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    I disagree! As an Indian fan its very convenient to agree with KP and blame people and media of England.But fact of the matter is there isnt any reason of so called jealousy KP is talking about.The television ratings of IPL have fallen as compared to last year from 101 million to 90 millon,that means there are lot of Indian fans who are either bored of IPL or they are upset due to disappointing performance of India since World cup and they have not turned up to watch this tournament.So the point is that if interest of IPL is becoming less in India itself ,how can you expect that Eng or any other foreign fans will be interested in any such tournament.Over that majority of Eng fans does not take T20 cricket that seriously,they are not much interested in ODIs too,so why would they care for IPl or be jealous for that matter?

  • POSTED BY Hoggy_1989 on | April 12, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    I hate the IPL coverage (watched the end of one game while waiting for the coverage to switch to the Test match)....its probably the only place outside of American baseball and gridiron where you have ads in the middle of actual gameplay i.e. commentators spouting product sponsored sixes and ads for mobile phone companies during replays. Its unwatchable and its not real cricket...just showy flim-flam made up for advertising with cricket there almost as an afterthought. No wonder the English media (and Australian media, I might add) are giving more coverage to non-IPL cricket.

  • POSTED BY ziggy500 on | April 12, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    ipl isn't on a single channel i australia, and it has never been talked about in the news, even after the grand final. the "second rate" aussies going there are just there for money, not good cricket, so i guess they are a bit second rate. australia and england i guess are mutual about no one really giving a bull about what the ipl does or does not

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | April 12, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    @VJGS I know you're an aussie but doug the rug better than bresnan and broad?Don't make me laugh!

  • POSTED BY KazaLN on | April 12, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    IPL is available in the UK for free on ITV4, rest of their cricket, either domestic or international has to watched on SKY which is costly.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | April 12, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    @Staalburgher. Indeed. Take last year's ashes. Fourth test at Melbourne. Full to capacity at the start of the day, aussies bowled out for 97, england 100+ for the loss of no more than 1 wkt and just the barmy army left in the ground by tea. That would never happen in England in any sport

  • POSTED BY kirankerai on | April 12, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    kp is wrong england believe test cricket to be the better version. cook, bell, anderson, bresnan, finn, trott all had a good 2011 because of county cricket. t-20 champs and we had less ipl player in the eng squad. pakistan had no one. so internationally the ipl is not helping. indias two 4-0 whitewashs prove that.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | April 12, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    @Harmony111 You have to be english to understand but every football world cup the fans believe we can win because we are the "home" of football even though our national team is rubbish. Your point doesn't take into account the Football Premier League which contains successful and popular teams such as Man U Liverpool and Chelsea who have won many. Sorry if this has nothing to do with cricket but the point has to be made

  • POSTED BY StaalBurgher on | April 12, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    I also have to support o-bomb - England supports their teams very well - win or lose. Compared to them most other nations are rather iffy in their enthusiasm when they are losing.

  • POSTED BY Optic on | April 12, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    @Chesty-la-roux You clearly know absolutely nothing, you haven't a clue about how much he cares for England or how much he cares for the English team, your just one of these know nothings that has a a problem because he's from SA and clearly believe everything he reads and hears in the media. He gives his all for England every time he plays and has won more matches single handedly than I can remember, anyone says different has a ridiculous agenda. You do know nearly every half decent English cricketer entered the IPL auction but only a few got picked up by the teams do you feel the same about each of them. Does Broad not care about England and the England team, what about Shah or Dimi, Morgan perhaps,, the fact is hardly anyone got picked, if they had been, there would be about 30 or so English playing IPL, would you be so critical about those as well. England fans like you are an embarrassment and when KP's gone you'll be wishing we had another one just like him.

  • POSTED BY CaughtAndBowled on | April 12, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Living in England, I am stunned by the local media's total boycott of IPL. If ever you happen to see anything about IPL in English media, surely it is to show the IPL in poor light.

  • POSTED BY Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on | April 12, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    coming from KP, not surprising- a guy from SA, playing for England and cheering for IPL- English people created too much hype and now what he gives them in return? Jealousy?

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | April 12, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    LOL I should have known better, the media stitch him up again, before I posted I wanted to see if he's responded to this piece, surprise surprise, it's been taken out of context, like he says and I'll quote him 'I think people need to read my actual quotes instead of headlines today..' and he's added to that, by posting, 'The whole theme for the press I did yesterday was to say how sad I was that NO other ENG player was here to experience this brilliant cont..'. Like I said before that is one of the reason people in the UK are not interested in it, lack of England players but still it's not as simple as that, it's still to most people are domestic Indian competition. Come on you India's, some of you've got big mouths, why are we English so jealous then, what is there to be exactly jealous of as individuals, I here this time & time again from you lot, enlighten me. You lot must be jealous of the Premier League then but of course that would be stupid wouldn't it.

  • POSTED BY Wharfeseamer on | April 12, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    The level of jealousy felt by most Englishmen toward the IPL is of nothing compared to the levels of irritation and anger felt by most Indians because we are not in love with their domestic 20/20 competition

  • POSTED BY gkannuchamy on | April 12, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    I'm more annoyed at the latest edition of IPL for I had to click the mute button every time on a news website when an Asian-owned mobile phone company (sadly the lone commercial) based in the UK barges repeatedly during breaks.

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | April 12, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Sorry KP I love you you're total box office to watch but you're wrong, why would us English be jealous of a domestic Indian T20 tournament, it makes no sense at all, I won't deny that the ECB would enjoy having the money they make but it's not as if the ECB are short anyway. A lot of people in England still haven't taken to our own T20 tournament full of player and as world Champs and No1 in the world in that format. Why would they tune into watch second rate Indian, Aussies and SA's.People are at work when it's on too, it's only shown on ITV4 which is hardly watched by anyone. There's a world of difference between not being interested in and being jealous mate, sorry you think that way but I suppose your paid the big bucks to think so. One of the main problem is and that's to do with the timing and there's there's only 4 or 4 English players in it,not enough to get people interested. The standard has been appalling too this year, really poor, far too many rubbish players around.

  • POSTED BY GreenGoat on | April 12, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    think KP is right. Eng tried to organize a rival tournament, failed and now has no other option than to turn away in mock disgust. most boards are trying to get IPL like tournaments (including our SL board) but success depends on the tv audience and thats biggest in india... its a different kind of cricket and i think we shud all step back and enjoy... dont try to stop players playing and earning a buck...

  • POSTED BY nologoboy on | April 12, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    KP. amazing ability. sublime talent. unfortunately, he has the emotional intelligence of a badly behaved 3 year old, which is why he will be remembered as a very good player and not a legend of the game. his ego rules his actions; a shame.

  • POSTED BY TD-- on | April 12, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Well .. the thing is .. its not only England .. but there is no fan following of IPL across the world except India .. and that is a fact.. people don't turn on thier TVs to watch IPL .. serious fans of cricket like to watch quality cricket played between quality teams .. and there is not much quality in the IPL .. i belive IPL would slowly fade away .. taking the big bucks with them ..

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 12, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    I can't believe how many unbalanced comms there are on this. Just because the English media isn't that interested in it doesn't mean they are rubbishing the tournament. Let me do an analogy. The standard of football in Spain is superior to Premier league football , but English football gets far more interest from English fans for obvious reasons that we all have our favourite teams or teams we don't like. To me it's like KP is saying look at me playing IPL ... It would be akin to Beckham when he went to Real Madrid saying to the English media that everyone should watch Spanish football because he is playing there. So , no it's not a jealousy thing. Just that the IPL isn't the be all and end all of cricket - simple as that. And if England cricketers are so bad at this format , maybe take it up with ICC who rank them number 1

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 12, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    @KarachiKid on (April 12 2012, 13:28 PM GMT) To be honest their T20 ranking is not as good as you'd expect it to be

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 12, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas on (April 12 2012, 13:04 PM GMT) Thanks bud. No not a diplomat. In fact I feel my diplomatic head is about to be replaced

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 12, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    @Ramski1 on (April 12 2012, 10:47 AM GMT) Not sure what KP said and when but that does reek of hypocrisy if true - no matter how little strain IPL will have on KP. To be honest Hants got my respect re KP. He made himself available for finals day 2010 and Hants opted to stick for the same team that got them there. Don't think KP was too happy about that

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 12, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    @satish619chandar on Re ECB - They have nothing to do with the Media. I'm guessing they want to protect their players from possible burnout or injury. Most English players play a very small amount of games for their counties these days - I guess because they are contracted to England who are more powerful than the counties. It's actually the opposite in football where club sides have the power. Also disagree with English players being uncomfortable/weak in this format in SC. We won the last T20 in India and (although not SC as such) won 2 of 3 in UAE. And - maybe I'm wrong on this - I think 3 Eng players have taken part in this years IPL so far. KP scored 40+ n/o , Shah scored 76 and Dimitri took 5 for today. Not too bad a record for a country whose players struggle in T20 in SC.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | April 12, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    I think we shold leave the English media to themselves. After all, they will only cover what sells in their country. What their readers will want to read. And at present it is probably football and the royal family. And that is okay.

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid on | April 12, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    KP is correct..he's playing IPL for money but also gaining valuable skills especially improving on playing spin unlike his teams mates who cant play spin..plus IPL is far more entertaining not only for viewers but players themselves with after parties, travel and meeting world class players..i think its fair to say its much better the boring english county championship.

  • POSTED BY anshu.s on | April 12, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    English media instead of being jealous of IPL should really be jealous of EPL and Football's popularity in England.In England people and media are solely obssesed with Football and only time Cricket gets some coverage is Ashes which still is nothing compared to Football.Here we are in a developing country like India trying to develop a professional league on club lines in which all the stakeholders benefit something which the English should have done 100 years ago.But we got instead was the notion "Gentlemans Game " and whole lot of Victorian snobbery about purity and spirit of the game.No wonder outside 8 or 10 commonwealth countries no body play it.English media goes mad chest thumping how EPL is the best football league in the world so you can sell it to unsuspecting people in Asia and Africa for lucrative TV deals.IPL is not doing all that all they say it is Cricketainment !! somethings family's in India can enjoy.IPL is showing people all over that you can make money in Cricket

  • POSTED BY PunchDrunkPunter on | April 12, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    LOL 2nd rate Aussies like Dan Christian and Shaun Marsh and Michael Clarke! :-) Bang on the money KP! Plus the English T20 is of a much better standard than the IPL. Jos Buttler > Keiron Pollard!

  • POSTED BY brittop on | April 12, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    I'll give you this Englishman's perspective. I don't hate the IPL - I do watch some games now it's on free-to-air TV over here (but will always turn over if a test match is on). I think it's OK for English players to go a play there if they want to (and are wanted!). To expect it to be prominent in the English media is unrealistic - English domestic cricket struggles in our football-dominated media. I do harbour concerns that 20/20 in general is starting to crowd out test cricket. The IPL is the biggest, has the most money, and lasts the longest and as such is the most likely culprit in "the demise of test cricket", if such a thing happens.

  • POSTED BY demon_bowler on | April 12, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    "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. " Why shouldn't the UK media give more coverage to our own county championship, i.e. first class cricket, than to an Indian domestic T20 competition? It should actually give more to the former and even less to the latter, which is just It's A Knockout with indecently high prizes.

  • POSTED BY lahirucm on | April 12, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    KP, On your fine day, you are an extraordinary batsman. But when it comes to expressing your self you become street cricketer. Born in SA, Played for England and Cheers for the IPL. Please do not add shame to your great career mate! Go play some county cricket for Surrey mate! I haven't seen you playing fine innings for your county in ages. You owe your Surrey fans big time because Surrey cricket bailed you out when Hampshire meant too far for you to travel.

  • POSTED BY TaylorSwift on | April 12, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Haha, "second rate Australians". What's an interview without a dig at the Aussies!

  • POSTED BY gerardpereira20 on | April 12, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Pietersen has hit the nail on the head. Since the ECB and the ACB lost their rather undemocratic two votes each on the ICC panel and the seat of power and influence moved from Lords to the sub continent. English cricket, fans and media have been sulking like spoilt brats. The Australians on the other hand have taken the more pragmatic approach of trying to get a bigger slice of the cake and have welcomed the IPL and all the endorsements that go with it. There are more bilateral series between the two countries and lots of money made by everyone. Who gives a monkeys about being the number one ranked nations especially when the rankings have proved to be a joke. Pietersen is a South African and not an Englishman, he is popular and loved in India because like the Australians he embraces the culture and the people.

  • POSTED BY demon_bowler on | April 12, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Not jealous. Just hate it.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | April 12, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    IS he jealous because his two sixes agianst chennai werent shown to his Girlfriend. Make Ipl Have six overseas players per team, that wud provide room to allocate players from England windies Ireland etc. Also This issue wioth Pakistan must be solved .If all these are done it ll be a global sport.

  • POSTED BY g_golu on | April 12, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    KP has surely hit the bulls eye with his radical comments. But his choice was really not that great I believe. Ian Bell at very best is definitely a test match player. But overall England need to do some serious rethinking if they are to sell the game back home. After all they were the inventors of T20 and too deserve a piece of the pie.

  • POSTED BY Babloo3544 on | April 12, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Its a boon for England that they do not have an event like IPL, they are at no 1 Test spot, will lose it otherwise. But England should sent their players to play in IPL, that will expose them to the subcontinent conditions more and more so that next time they can give a good thrashing to India in their own home. India is so stupid to keep on playing on their home soil over and over again and lose miserably abroad. I am seeing a few posts too of how IPL exposed the so called NEW indian talents!!! The only name I can remember is Kohli, that too wait a while he will be gone soon engulfed in IPL money. Who others ? Can't the Indian fans see that most matches in IPL are won because of the contributions from foreign players and not the so called Indian TALENTS ? No wonder India is going down as a cricket playing nation!

  • POSTED BY dilscoop_uk on | April 12, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    2 reasons IPL is more successful ; 1 the weather there is really hot during the day, and people only go out in the evenings its like of going to cinema or Disco.IPL is entertainment for Indian Public only. Its like watching a bollywood movie and enjoy the evening. 2nd reason and the main reason is population in India. So IPL will remain successful no matter what happens.

  • POSTED BY vallavarayar on | April 12, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Man, has he got it for for the Aussies or what? Does he include Gilly in his "2nd rate Australians" comment !

  • POSTED BY dilscoop_uk on | April 12, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    In International Cricket its all about the opportunity.ECB gave him the opportunity to play for national team , and thats where he got the success and exposure internationally and became a star and was picked by IPL Franchise. Now he is complaining about not getting a chance to make money and do the duty for National Team. I think ECB should release him and cancel central contract so he can play for these " Entertainment Leagues". I m sure there are more talented players in England who are waiting to get their opportunity to even play for National side.

  • POSTED BY Dhumper on | April 12, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Simply put IPL is good for foreign cricketers specially those outside Asia to gain valuable practice on slow pitches. It's good for Indian players to make money but then they get less time playing county etc on quick pitches. Could be one of the reasons why Indian test team is getting thrashed everywhere and why Pakistan is doing great in recent years.

  • POSTED BY newMachine on | April 12, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    If you doh like d IPL then ignore....but let the excitement be enjoyed by the fans around the world. I am happy to see my fellow Trinis shine. Its sad that many of the great English players are not part of this and i hope this would change and also hope we see some Pakistani players also. We should note that England's biggest DOMESTIC league i.e. EPL is viewed all over the world so I am not sure why the IPL cant be of interest also.

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | April 12, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    England is fairest ever country in the world. They will accept IPl at the right time. India and others are not good enough to teach England what to do when.

  • POSTED BY mike_59 on | April 12, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    "second rate Australians" ... LMAOROF... Funny, but true KP! Why don't you say what you really feel... you'll never be a politician KP... LOL...

  • POSTED BY TontonZolaMoukoko on | April 12, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    "More attention given to the start of the County Championship season." - Is it really that strange that our domestic first class tournament is given more coverage than an overseas T20 tournament that hardly any Englishmen are playing in? There is a reason for this, it's because the average English cricket fan is more interested in the County Championship, therefore the press cover what the people want read about and watch. As has been said in other comments, the IPL doesn't need English support, so forget the mudslinging and let us follow what we want to.

  • POSTED BY cricTorque on | April 12, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    When you are uninterested you don't care what the thing is doing. Like as in India doesn't care about baseball in US. It is a huge league but no one cares so there is no reporting. Had Indians news and commentators use every other opportunity to ridicule a baseball league whenever a batsmen gets out playing cross batted shot, then no one can say Indians don't care about baseball. Had Englishmen been truly uninterested about IPL, it wouldn't have been come up in every third sentence they speak about cricket. That they go into overdrive disparaging it as the Indian commentators go on singing paeans, clearly shows ulterior motives of each of them.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | April 12, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    This goes to show who is the real fan of the game. England have little time for IPL while many Indians regularly watch the Friends Cup. I watched the two SF's of the last season which were decided on the last ball and were damn good matches. Sadly the over all environment of the match was no where close to what IPL produces. Indians also watch the BPL and also watch the Big Bash time permitting. The only leagues I have not seen is the WI league and the SA league (barring a few matches) and that is primarily due to the time zone factor. Thus, I can calmly claim that Indians are the most passionate fans of the game unlike the Brits who seem to come out only when their team wins some. Btw, this excuse of Britain having to support Football and Tennis does not hold. When did a Brit last win a Grand Slam or the Football WC? - 1966 (at home lol). Point is, IPL routinely produces matches way better than what the Friends Cup SF produced. The sheer scale of operation is huge. Only Eng's loss.

  • POSTED BY riprock on | April 12, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    KP, Morgan, Mascarenhas, Owais Shah, Luke Wright are the England players contracted in the IPL now. I love KP's fearless and straightforward comments!

  • POSTED BY zuber21886 on | April 12, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    England should leave this and instead invite Indian players for their season, and Indian board should allow that. As KP mentioned here he gets good subcontinent practice, similarly asian players can get good practice in english conditions

  • POSTED BY voma on | April 12, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    I would personally like Englands top 6 batsmen to play in the IPL , at least then they can get some practice on spinning Indian wickets . Have been watching the IPL on itv4 , and yes its very entertaining .

  • POSTED BY lionheart7861 on | April 12, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Well I think KP should have been discreet and subtle in this matter rather than lashing out at his own country which is beyond my understanding . We in Pakistan had a successful T20 tournament with thousands coming to watch and getting entertained, we should all remember any sport in the world is for entertaining fans through their dexterous sporting abilities of any kind. Even though IPL has no Pakistani , I think being a domestic Indian tournament they have every right to regulate it as they want, But its true that IPL has lost it spark and the first season was the best with Pakistani players phenomenal performances. I will conclude high lightening the importance of Test cricket as the Only sole format which truly represents Cricket and its Glorious history. But we should treat every format differently and see it in a different way . ICC should have a balance approach towards the number of TESTS, ODI'S AND T20'S. Thats the only solution to everyone's problems.

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | April 12, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: Completely agree with you. Same reason why the english domestic cricket is never shown in India, even when Dravid, SRT, Ganguly were playing English County cricket. I am pretty sure English media didnt care about the popularity of its county cricket elsewhere. IPL is BCCI's and India's tournament and not an ICC tournament. Whether the world watches or not shouldn't be a big deal. But I tend to agree with KP that there is some bias towards this tournament as India made it successful and not other test playing nations, mainly ENG. There is the 'J' factor involved, again not saying it should be telecast everywhere and everyone in the world should watch it. As an Indian, even I don't watch IPL as I am a fan of test cricket. Instead I have been watching the gripping test match between AUS and WI.

  • POSTED BY torsha on | April 12, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Right on target..@ second rate Australians getting gigs here..

  • POSTED BY Naren on | April 12, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Pieterson is not English.. he can say whatever he says because he is a South African working for England.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | April 12, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    I haven't yet read all the comments.. so maybe someone has said this before... but.. Pietersen misses the whole point.. We British cricket fans have seen what money has done to football.. and we fear that cricket, with the millions being poured into the IPL, might go the same way.. That's why we're sceptical of the IPL.. And judging by the disgraceful behaviour of some of the Mumbai Indians team the other night, and the paltry "punishments " handed out to the perpetrators.. we have every right to be.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | April 12, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    No, England have no reason to be jealous. But they have enough reasons to be embarrassed. In over a hundred years of playing and managing cricket, they have managed to spread the glory of this wonderful game to nearly ten countries, and some people have even managed to make (sorry, eke) a living out of it. The IPL on the other hand, has exploded onto the scene and in five short years, has made millionaires out of many players, English included, and spread interest for the game amongst people who didn't care much for it before. It's got to be embarrassing, nothing more. Test cricket is too testing for me, so we will leave it to the proper English gentlemen to keep that going for the purists. KP may be right though, since he is taking his opportunities to improve his game and his finances, and is not likely to be sitting around sipping tea with a spot of milk ruing lost chances when he is seventy! Love the guy! Let's watch Test cricket stumble through the colonial hangover now!

  • POSTED BY kalyankk1985 on | April 12, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    England and some other teams have such a big advantage of playing in India in a non-international tournament. That too practising with indian spinners in training nets. Surely England should realize by now it has big value for them in playing in IPL because it improves their players on their main weakness spin. IF they dont use it, well god help them because they are not going to perform better in subcontinent conditions for the whole life time.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | April 12, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Michael Clarke and the Australian management team in the W.I have given cricket a big boost this week.It is a pity that my team had to lose.A tie would of been still great for the game.To see Hussey play like he did should have players on both team learning how to play under pressure and playing sensible cricket.The running between the wicket by the Aussies was greatI hope that some W.I players took notice.Some of the celebrated players in IPL could not of done it better.There are a few that can perform in any situation,but the majority cannot.I will go watch a test match before a T20 match.Clarke's declaration proves that the game can be exciting.I am glad that he did not lose...he would of been vilified for not batting until they got out.Three cheers for Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY AdrianVanDenStael on | April 12, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    @Bruisers: according to the Tweet I read KP did not claim to have been misquoted by the press, but rather the opposite. He urged people to read his 'quotes' rather than the headlines. In other words, the 'quotes' are accurate. Well, KP is quoted as saying "The IPL is very much struggling to find acceptance back home ... 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." This I don't think is very far from the sense of the headline, at least on cricinfo. I find the insularity of the English media frustrating and self-defeating. If the English media weren't so narrow-minded they could actually be celebrating English success in the IPL, such as the fine performances over the last two days of Shah and Mascherenas. Or perhaps there are simply people in the English media who would rather cosy up to the English cricket establishment than give Owais Shah his due.

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | April 12, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    @ benmanninguk - Saying IPL as predictable is really wrong, if that was the case you could have earned millions on betting, what with betting being legal in the UK;).

    KP is spot on, he knows he is making good hay when the sun is shining & is also enjoying a great deal. It is time England realised this folly of giving cold shoulder to IPL & act quickly before the defending champs of 20-20 fail miserably in the forthcoming world 20-20 tournament which is just a couple of months away.

    England only knows how to invent, they cannot be No. 1 in what they invent. Test Cricket crown is going to fall off when they tour India, in 20-20 they are going to fare badly in Sri Lanka & in ODI (Australian invention) they are already paper tigers.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | April 12, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Kevin's candour is very refreshing. The IPL has indeed caused much resentment amongst those members of the cricketing fraternity who are not in it. And of course the Boards which see the IPL as a slight on their hold of the traditional formats of the game. Quite possibly the razmatazz that accompanies this Indian doemstic tournament makes the whole thing pretty galling to traditionalists not just outside India but even here.But as long as there is a part of the pie and the game is the ultimate winner I think there should be no complaints. That is why the ICC should have a separate window for IPL so that the luckier ones not just Indian players get the benefits. For instance most Pakistanis resent the IPL because their players are not there, I remember the ICL had a team of mostly Pakistan players. The progress of this team was followed all over Pakistan. It was the same when Sohail Tanvir was excelling for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. So I suppose it is all about belonging to the IPL.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | April 12, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    @batmannrobin, India may be dominant at home but they are also terrible away. They had a few good years away too but the two back-to-back 0-4 whitewashes should have eliminated any pretense Indian fans might have had about how great their team was. Just in case you didn't know, no top team has lost 8 consecutive away tests. India are not worthy of even their #3 ranking now. Pakistan are way superior to them. BTW, those are called parentheses.

  • POSTED BY bobbo2 on | April 12, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Yeah ignore the IPL too because it is boring and all about money. I like T20 but I just don't like the IPL.

  • POSTED BY csowmi7 on | April 12, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    When England can host the Barclays premier league I dont see why India cant host the IPL. England is not faring so well in football either and I dont remember the last time they won the world cup. Hence I feel they have no right to comment on the impact of these leagues on cricket or any sport.

  • POSTED BY pr3m on | April 12, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Fewer things have been more true.

  • POSTED BY Snick_To_Backward_Point on | April 12, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    ste - the problem lies with the fact the IPL is far from a domestic Indian league. If it were, there would be no problem. But it continues to pose a huge threat to test cricket as the cream of international players are sweduced by big bucks, some like Bond shortening their test playing careers.

  • POSTED BY bonaku on | April 12, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Good to hear some truth at last.

  • POSTED BY Snick_To_Backward_Point on | April 12, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    IndCktFan what do you base this popularity on? Falling crowd attendances? TV subscriptions taking a nose dive?

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | April 12, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Second-rate Australians? Who is he referring to? Clarke? Bollinger? Mike or David Hussey? Hilfenhauf? Dan Christain? All of the Team Owners invest in Foreign Players IF AND ONLY IF these players are worth it. Especially with the max of 4 foreign players quota, they select only the best of the best. I am an Indian but I believe that the Aussies I have just mentioned and many others too are far better than the Bresnans, Bells, Broads, etc.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | April 12, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    @richardror, hilarity is in saying that everyone is assuming England is jealous. It's one of your own who gave us some inside tidbits about what's most likely going on, on the inside. No Sir no. India will not use IPL as an excuse. Many Indians like me, who are staunch supporters of Test Cricket, are ok even if Test Cricket takes a beating for a reason. IPL is business with some cricket. Whereas Test Cricket is Cricket with some business. I would anyday prefer business over cricket because life is much bigger than cricket. And yes if test cricket suffers because of IPL, millions like me will be very sad. But that's how life is. You can't have everything and I'm ok with that. Many know that Test Crickt and IPl are disconnected and won't use IPL as an excuse for the test debacle. Dravid got bowled, Sachin choked, VVS caught on the crease. Nothing to do with IPL. Even if it has anything to do with IPL, no complaints. Revenue is non-negotiable. So yeah, there you go.

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | April 12, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    as an indian fan i think its nt englands fault, how cn a player like greame swann went unsold? love both england and india.....

  • POSTED BY W_indian on | April 12, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Who cares if it is the Domestic or International. I'm amused KP mention it so boldly and he is absolutely spot on. IPL creates the opportunity for crickets to make money and to create a future.In this game you don't get a degree to go off working for the rest of your life. This game of cricket is over a century old - name me one cricketer for the past 100+yrs who became filthy rich to sponsor at neighborhood cricket tournament. For the 1000's cricketers who play this sport 90% of them go broken before they die. IPL entertains millions around the globe even people who never pay attention to this sports is now more interested than some of us. The ones who are so consume with selfishness, jealousy is just and understatement. Again Peterson is right - Jealousy is the highest degree for there downfall.

  • POSTED BY gdalvi on | April 12, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Until IPL started, cricket was played between national teams at highest levels and then each country had its domestic league which was based on city/states/regions. So all followers had a clear sense of which team(s) to support. The support of a team has lot to do with being fan of particular players (besides geographic allegiance) and in pre-IPL era, the 2 coincided - so life was easy for cricket followers. IPL, while played in India is certainly more of an international tournament with most the top international cricketers participating.Also the team do not comprise mainly of "local" lads. So allegiance to team has now more to do with player loyalty than before, which is causing level of discomfort particularly among older followers. If you are true fan of Pietersen (and other intl players), you would follow/watch/support him and his team, as they fight other teams with equally world-class players. I think it will take time for the loyalty shift to happen.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | April 12, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Yorkshire puddding makes a good point too. Football is the dominant sport here like it or not and has a big effect on attendances at english domestic cricket matches. If Leeds United are at home in August, for example, at the height of the cricket season, the difference in attendance at Headingley is obvious. I remember a few years ago during the football world cup, an ODI between England and SL was played at Headingley but there were quite a few empty seats as the english football team were playing. Therefore it is highly unlikely a foreign cricket league would attract much interest

  • POSTED BY Tlotoxl on | April 12, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I agree with WhoCaresAboutIPL, it is after all the *indian* premier league, not the EPL. The only posative for the IP is its broadcasting on free to air TV (not surprising, after all who in the UK would bother to pay for it?) and we do have many other sports to be intrested in, there are top level football games virtually every day, we have just had the Masters Golf, the F1 is back on, both Rugby codes are in the middle of their season we have just had the Cycling world championships - it is hardly surprising the IPL struggles to get noticed, especially since the games are mostly on during the day, the coverage finishes at 8pm.

  • POSTED BY johnstone on | April 12, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Kevin Pietersen does not care about other English players taking part in the IPL, Kevin Pietersen only cares about Kevin Pietersen and that is all he ever has done.

  • POSTED BY pinakibgl1 on | April 12, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Yeah they should be....because IPL is the most expensive county legue at present.

  • POSTED BY MrTom10 on | April 12, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    @batmanrobin

    India's not even that dominant at Home though, it hardly dominated the West Indies when they toured their for the test series and nearly got beaten by the Kiwis the previous year at home.

    India's stock in Test cricket has fallen globally. Heck in the WC they were hardly crushing everyone.

  • POSTED BY Escobesco on | April 12, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Well I've just been following the text commentary of the latest match on Cricinfo & that was thrilling. I hope KP can live up to some of the notable performers in that game.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | April 12, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Pietersen has it all wrong as usual. Why would brits be interested in an Indian cricket league when we have our own, whether it has the best players or not? The Calcutta Super Chiefs and the Mumbai Maniacs whatever they're called have no appeal whatsoever to us.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | April 12, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    He probably talking about Dan christian like. Why Dan christian selected before swan or others?.

  • POSTED BY vertical on | April 12, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Not a fan of ipl but why should the english press give it coverage when hardly and of their players are playing.Does the Indian press cover the big bash of english t20?Second rate Australians gone too far kp again!!

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | April 12, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    This goes to show who is the real fan of the game. England have little time for IPL while many Indians regularly watch the Friends Cup. I watched the two SF's of the last season which were decided on the last ball and were damn good matches. Sadly the over all environment of the match was no where close to what IPL produces. Indians also watch the BPL and also watch the Big Bash time permitting. The only leagues I have not seen is the WI league and the SA league (barring a few matches) and that is primarily due to the time zone factor. Thus, I can calmly claim that Indians are the most passionate fans of the game unlike the Brits who seem to come out only when their team wins some. Btw, this excuse of Britain having to support Football and Tennis does not hold. When did a Brit last win a Grand Slam or the Football WC? - 1966 (at home lol). Point is, IPL routinely produces matches way better than what the Friends Cup SF produced. The sheer scale of operation is huge. Only Eng's loss.

  • POSTED BY xenon555 on | April 12, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    He's pretty much on the ball. Why else would England stubbornly schedule while most players would rather play IPL? Players also improve after IPL.

  • POSTED BY Jimmers on | April 12, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    English players might be jealous of the money, but nobody's jealous of the decline in Indian international cricketing standards. Might be a coincidence, might not - but it is striking how quickly they're sliding down the rankings and how little appetite most of their young players seem to have for a sustained fight. Remember England are still top of the T20 international rankings as well as reigning world champion.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | April 12, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Anyone who watched the Chennai game just now cannot deny the IPL is great entertainment! England are jealous of everything they can't have.

  • POSTED BY ahweak on | April 12, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    English fan/media acceptance is definitely not required for the IPL. It is a tournament created and played in India. Players from other countries come and play because they want to. The same applies to English players as well. Pietersen is simply stating that he would like other English players to share his experience. IPL gets its money from Indian businesses and fans.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | April 12, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    IPL has helped India in many ways (1) Exposure given to more players - a bigger net (2) Fan popularity and hence financial benefit (3) Exposure of our local players to foreign players. In some ways its good and my only concern is the lack of technique will affect tests. Players who realise the differences and adapt (e.g. Kohli) will succeed. I hope India can unearth some good pace bowlers from the exposure.

  • POSTED BY Hooves on | April 12, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Second rate Australians! Boom!

  • POSTED BY batmannrobin on | April 12, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @richardror - Comical!! U ve carefully said England are dominant in tests with the at home in braces :) knowing what response u wud get. There is no team more dominant than India at home in both tests and ODIs. The last test series we lost was in 2004 and the last ODi series in 09 - plus we won the small matter of a tournament called 'The world cup' here !

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | April 12, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    KP is just stating the obvious. Had Eng or Australia succeeded in creating an IPL like tournament which became as popular as IPL has in the last 4-5 years, we woould have all have been having a different conversation. Don't get me wrong even I do not like 20-20 cricket, but many cannot digest the fact that it was India who succeeded in making it such a popular tournament. I would rather have India create a tournament at the university level like the one in US to recognize talents to play for India in the future.

  • POSTED BY sabee66 on | April 12, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Ipl is just good for people making money or cleanign their moeny It is not a fair cricket otherwise they won't ban A country player, its more like a political vs gambling thingo, the founder of IPL Lilit modi got caught and told etc but , if people of Inida enjoy this , good luck to them

  • POSTED BY KarachiKid on | April 12, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    A few more seasons of IPL and we will see further dip in Indian test cricketing standards. Yaeh their T20 and ODI standard is as good as it has ever been. But forget about test cricket.

  • POSTED BY andrewstrausssmassiveforearms on | April 12, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    not really sure why english fans and media would embrace a foreign domestic cricket league. don't see what interest it has for us.

  • POSTED BY benmanninguk on | April 12, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Must admit I am open minded but my main problem with the IPL is who to support. all the teams seem formulaic and generic with a few "stars" in each. Also IPL has deprived West Indies of more players than any other test playing nation at a time when they are rebuilding - Pollard, Russell, Narine, Gayle ect...All because the W.I.C.B cant match Modi...(no coincidence that the boards like s.a /aus and eng with more money are least effected) I have also seen more closer finishes in the county championship recently (and also in international 20/20 - 1 days and the test match) than any of the one sided IPL clashes. In short...its too predictable and only most relevant to the betting public!

  • POSTED BY WhoCaresAboutIPL on | April 12, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    My "moniker" tells all. As far as I am concerned the IPL is a domestic Indian tournament; it has little following elsewhere, and why should it? How many from Mumbai are interested in the County Championship? I am not sure that there really is much jealousy. ITV4 shows games in the UK, but I doubt it gets a large viewing figures.

    It does appear to have reduced Morgan's test career, but there are plenty of others willing and able to fill that role. KP is a great talent - probably the best all-round all-format attacking batsman in the world, but few, if any, others can map one game to another. I am interested, for example, to see if David Warner can make it as a Test player against serious attacks. or whether he will be another Phil Hughes.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | April 12, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    @JG, absolutely stunning reply from your Sir. If anything, my respects for you have gone up a notch. I would honestly assume that you are into some diplomatic affairs/managerial position in your company. If I may add, on similar lines, why would BCCI or Indians disown IPL just because some outsiders don't give importance to it? As you meant, outsiders don't give importance to IPL because IPL is somebody else's tournament, whereas for BCCI and Indians it is our own (just like Counties are for England) and IPL is indeed doing a world of good economically for the poor people, for the other 'lesser' talents who will never make it to the Indian team. I can't imagine the impact IPL can do to players like Rayudu, Rahane, Menaria when they bump into phenomena like KP, Kallis, Steyn, Michael Hussey. Well, I agree with KP. He spoke my mind. But as you said, he didn't do himself any favours by going against the media. But KP is KP. He is so straight and upright; and many Indians love him.

  • POSTED BY richardror on | April 12, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    This is quite hilarious, everyone assumes England is jealous when we don't like something. We have always focused on the test game which is why we are so dominant (at home). India has fallen very short in the test form and they are using the IPL as an excuse.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | April 12, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Bravo, KP! I think he has given some good straight talk to the stiff English administrators! Whether one agrees with KP or not, I think this open expression of opinion is great.

  • POSTED BY KillDevil on | April 12, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Best example of truth in KPs comments are the BBC. No results of IPL are ever put up. Before anyone comes back with "but we're not interested, so why should they put the results up?", Are people really interested in the football results from swedish, turkish or finnish leagues?, they're updated regularly.

    We all get jobs or start a business to make money, so we can live a comfortable life but we expect our sports stars to grind it out in the name of national glory. Would any of us turn down a similar job offer from Dubai, which paid you a million quid, instead of £30k in the uk? i doubt it.

  • POSTED BY B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on | April 12, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    its a nice and classical expample of change of tacties and change of brains can do for money...... well its all about money ... matters rite KP ....

  • POSTED BY Rayudzoomin on | April 12, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Guys he did not say this. He is mis-quoted. Please refer to his original interview

  • POSTED BY cyniket on | April 12, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    let me see, who to trust? the editor of wisden, with his reasoned assessment of the impact of t20, or kevin pietersen who likes it because he's having a good time? tough one. it saddens me that an excellent test match between australia and the windies was missing a couple of potential participants because they were playing in a couple of hit abouts that will be forgotten in a year.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | April 12, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    I am an Indian and I believe Pietersen could have done without commenting in this matter. It will do nothing except creating some unnecessary bad blood. But we all know why Pietersen isn't the most popular among the players even though he is the most talented among English players. He rubs some people the wrong way.

  • POSTED BY 5string on | April 12, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    It's a shame there's no real support for the IPL in England, I think it's great. Wish more England players would play in it, then they wouldn't be considered so 'boring' (you're pretty accurate there, bombaytogoa). If they did, the County Champs might ramp their case up, a bit like in football where the English Premier League has been great and the lower leagues have had to become more exciting - and now they are! Cricket's a global game now so lets support good ideas and help build from them. County Champs could become the main circuit for Test players.

  • POSTED BY FredBoycott on | April 12, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Playing in the subcontinent honing your skills against spinners will not help your cause when playing in England, Kevin. Get back 'home' get in the nets and get some runs for Surrey under the conditions England will be playing in this summer. You are digging a hole for yourself if you don't perform this summer. Get in the nets lad and #digin IPL is for show ponies.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | April 12, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Of all the cricket formats, IPL has the best timing in terms of viewing cricket in the USA. The other best timing being WI test games. I don't think IPL cares for British viewership anyway. India got this tournament timing right.

  • POSTED BY Hammond7249 on | April 12, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Let's not forget that England are ranked No. 1 in the t20 fromat by quite some distance. It's just that, rightly, they want to prioritise test cricket. And it shouldn't be forgotten that not everyone thinks the IPL is so great. Maybe Pietersen should put as much effort into playing for Surrey as he does for the IPL since he never really bothered for Hampshire. That's where his second priority is for after England. Not making money in a foreign competition.

  • POSTED BY amitpat79 on | April 12, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    I am starting to like KP .. he is being honest lot of players don't have guts to come and say thing like this .and it's just not england i think lot of other country probley hate IPL too.

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | April 12, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    So can the Indian football board feel jealous about EPL ? Money talks and through a few bones to the english press they will be writing about IPL. But really ? The question is does IPL need the English press support to run ? The answer a big no! So move on. BCCI will never pay up when its not needed.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Well said KP, its true, they are failed with stanford 20 20 and now they are playing jealousy game.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | April 12, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    And there you go.. KP, on Twitter, has clarified that the media has wrongly quoted him.

  • POSTED BY gimme-a-greentop on | April 12, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    He better not get out to any second rate Aussies otherwise he'll never hear the end of it....

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | April 12, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    The IPL is broadcast free on ITV4 here in UK for all to watch, so what's the problem Kevin? BBC/ITV for some strange reason agree to broadcast this trash on their coverage, but not tests or County cricket - which happens to be what the majority of us Brits want to watch. I think a lot of other good players don't bother with the IPL because they don't believe they'd get picked!

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | April 12, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    English fans on the whole don't follow the big bash league in australia or the domestic games in south africa either. so it's not a big surprise that the IPL will play second fiddle to the county championship in the media as well as fans' minds. the over the top presenting, "DLF Maximums", and Danny Morrison are all reasons to put the typical English fan off. the same way that American sports have a small cult following, the IPL will too. Maybe there's some jealousy, but even if the players didnt get paid millions, I doubt there would be a massive fan following in the UK.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | April 12, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    I start to wonder how the English fans can digest the ever so boring county matches. IPL is far better and more entertaining and the level of cricket is 10 times better.... Honestly I feel nobody even cares to watch 4-day domestic matches anywhere around the world (with the exception of few crazy fans)..

  • POSTED BY torsha on | April 12, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    That's why I love this guy. He always tell truth whatever there is. Now you know why Ravi Shastri bash some of the England commentators specially Nassir about the same topic. We need more guyz like KP & Ravi.

  • POSTED BY AdrianVanDenStael on | April 12, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Two points about this. 1, KP clearly made these comments to the Indian media. Right back to his early days with KwaZulu Natal he has always shown confusion about where his home is, and along with that a feeling of being a little lost and a desire to ingratiate himself with whoever he is with at the moment (remember the three lions tattoo after he started playing for England?). So he says nice things about the IPL to the Indian media of course; although I'm not suggesting that he's going to qualify to play for India next. 2, At other times KP would have a point, but his timing is bad in this case. I find animosity in England about the fact that the world's biggest twenty20 tournament is in India when the English (as is characteristic) claim they invented the game, and there should be more interest in the IPL in England among true fans of international cricket. But this year, interest even in India in the IPL seems to be low, audience figures for the IPL even in India being badly down

  • POSTED BY Leggie on | April 12, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    I think IPL is just a stupid idea - especially to be played during the Indian summer!! India's domestic season typically used to end by the 1st week of April, and players would receive a good 3-4 month break before the next season commenced. This break also provided an opportunity for some to go and play county cricket in England. This made lot of sense since the English "summer" for most would be just excellent playing conditions that they would experience in India between September and February. Thanks to IPL, this trend has disappeared and I believe India has already started seeing effects of it with fast bowlers not learning the art of swing and batsmen not coping with swing. A stint in English county is a must for all international cricketers and it's a shame that IPL schedules are going to drain out budding young Indian cricketers. Indian summers are too hot for any form of cricket and I strongly believe this is one of the reasons why Indian fast bowlers breakdown so often.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | April 12, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Haha well KP, the reason no Englishmen are there and 'second-rate' Aussies are is because our depth runs so deep that any Australian cricketer playing first class cricket can get a gig in the IPL. Journeymen like Bell, Strauss and Bopara wouldn't even make the Australian under 16s team. You aren't even English anyway, why do you want more Englishmen there?

  • POSTED BY Charlie101 on | April 12, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    The IPL is covered by ITV4 and the comments and presentation are excellent so not all the media is against the IPL - if you have not seen it tune into channel 24 . I think KP is right that we should have more English cricketers playing and coaching especially with the world cup looming. We want to hang onto the cup and the ECB has missed a chance and should have encouraged more players to commit - you can be sure that the form players of the IPL will be the form players of the world cup . I hope for example that Owais Shah has played himself back into the England 20/20 squad and team for the world cup as he has batted so well. I also feel that if Collingwood gets a chance he might reinvent himself like Shah

  • POSTED BY 12thman on | April 12, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    I wonder who the second rate Australians are ? That will stir up a can of worms.

  • POSTED BY Cricketboyyyyy on | April 12, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    The only people interested in the IPL from the UK are gamblers.

  • POSTED BY dipakvaio on | April 12, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    what do you mean kp? seriously what's the point of jealousy, just because you're selected and there are no other england players, there is bound to be less interest. i being an indian also hate hate the ipl. also it's just money and less cricket. i'd prefer to watch the flt20 and cb pro40 as they are much better....seriosly you've lost a bit of respect in me.

  • POSTED BY ThatzMyView on | April 12, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Its an opportunity for English players to get practice in sub-continent conditions, with handsome money, but the ECB might not make any money by sending their players to the IPL ,hence the jealous!

  • POSTED BY o-bomb on | April 12, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    The suggestion seems to be that we in England should care about the IPL. The problem is that it's essentially another country's domestic league. I will always spend more time finding out how my team (Surrey) are doing in the county championship than I will looking at another county's T20 league. Partly because I find 4 day cricket more interesting than T20 cricket and partly because I have no allegence to any IPL team. I have nothing against the IPL, but I see no reason I should pay attention to it.

  • POSTED BY JulianDawson on | April 12, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Thank goodness that the English media is giving priority to the County Championship is all I can say! My 15 year old son complained that ITV were showing IPL highlights rather than thiose of the County Championship.

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | April 12, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    KP is brave to make such a comment. IPL has always been getting negative publicity since its inception from ENG especially. As an Indian, the only regret regarding IPL is not allowing Pakistani players.

    @IanJF, May be KP is born in SAF but he has done lot for ENG than many people who are actually English.

  • POSTED BY Micky.Panda on | April 12, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    What some fail to understand, is that English players need more practice playing on the sub-continent particularly against spinners, so that they would feel more at ease on a tour against Pakistan for example. Only have to look at how Matthew Haydn performed against India on that tour 2001 where he had previously spent a lot of time honing up his game against spinners, as an example of the improvement possible.

  • POSTED BY team_indian on | April 12, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Well said Kev! As far as England Cricket is concerned, its a case of sour grapes!!! Lets face it, IPL is a 100 times more massive and followed world over than the local county 20-20 or pro40 championship.Ask anyone outside the UK and they will atleast know what the IPL is (at least!!!) but very few follow English county cricket outside the UK. Like the doctors say, when you dont know the cause for a patients ill health.... blame it on a virus, similarly for anything and everything wrong in cricket the world over, blamed it on IPL(especially Nasser, Atherton) although they keep mum when asked about India winning the worldcup? Why not give credit to IPL here? When India toured England earlier, their lack of performance was not due to IPL, the fact actually was Indians find it difficult in English conditions. Why were England thrashed in UAE by Pakistan, although they were not involved in IPL? Thats again because of effect of foreign conditions. Don 't criticize, enjoy and embrace IPL.

  • POSTED BY Geeva on | April 12, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Shame on KP!!!He complained the International season was too long!Nw IPL came he a big fan of money!And county cricket gave him the the oppurtunity to play!otherwise he would have been stuck in SA as a nobody!!IPL viwership figures are down!!!!!!!!!!!!IPL is hurting west indies cricket not England!Eng won T20 wc no one plays in IPL!!!

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | April 12, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @Oconnor , as an Aussie , it surprises me to hear ( I hope you are from England ) that test cricket is dying. I have always had the pride that it is only because of England and Aus that test cricket still thrives !! For all those who say that test cricket is dying, have a glimpse of the Barbados test !! Nothing can substitute it. As far as KP is concerned, he can choose to play the format he desires so, but to pass such a comment about the so-called greatness of the clown-act called IPL is bordering on stupidity. England is better team than the one from the land of IPL and so it should have actually been the reverse !!

  • POSTED BY charlesandrewbudge on | April 12, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    There's a huge amount of Twenty20 cricket played in England already which is being increased every season, I think the English indifference to the IPL has to be, in part at least, massive Twenty20 overkill in the English game. Attendances for the format fell last season from what I remember, why would English supporters who are growing tired of their own domestic competition be willing to spend time following another country's?

  • POSTED BY sarathy_m2 on | April 12, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    The truth, Only the truth, nothing but the truth.

  • POSTED BY krish_5883 on | April 12, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    It's not about jealous,20:20 it is not cricket ok. it is business of cricket players. IPL is a Indian ruPees League.

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold on | April 12, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Its fair enough if players want to play in the IPL even if its just for money - its their career at the end of the day and they have to make a living. I like seeing the younger generation playing cause its an avenue to blood them into the bigger game. I personnaly have loved reading about and watching the Aus v WI test which embraced everything that cricket is about. It was a real test for both teams that lasted to the end of the 5th day with all 3 results possible - what a game in the end. Ill remember moments from that game for a while (clarkes declaration being 1) however i dont really have any memories of IPL games that i keep for too long. Its nice to watch but the heart truley isnt there. Plus from a non-indian I dont have any ties to the teams in the IPL (where as i support Aus, NSW and Surrey because ive lived there). At the end of the day there are lots of reasons not to get into the IPL (as there are lots of reasons for it) - so be it, thats life.

  • POSTED BY Chesty-la-roux on | April 12, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Pietersen is a mercenary, always has been always will be. He knows no allegiance to anyone other than himself, that is why he came to be playing for England in the first place and why he is now playing IPL instead of county cricket. If he cared passionately about English cricket he would be there now, passing on his international experience and skill to young county players and thereby helping to build a strong English side for the future. The truth is he cares nothing about England or the English cricket team but cares only about himself. As soon as England drop down the rankings and the hard work of losing regularly becomes the norm again, Pietersen will retire from international cricket and play only 20 20 leagues.

  • POSTED BY AnantB on | April 12, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    KP is right! ECB is not making money as BCCI is making....this has has been the history like Sunil Gavaskar said England always complains....haha

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 12, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Well I am not sure about the jealousy part but I do know for sure that most England players are uncomfortable with limited overs cricket. Especially in the sub-continent, where their players are known to be weak. On the other side, they are also made of paper, getting recklessly injured. The funny thing is people talk about how T20 cricket injures players. The fact is test cricket injures players MOST ! Besides, test cricket is boring. I despise it. I am a proud T20 fan and will always be. KP good on ya buddy. I am sure you love T20. Test cricket is o.k but its days are numbered. The ICC will make sure test cricket dies with their current scheduling and ridiculous ranking system. T20s are the future and club cricket is the way for the sport. Soccer has done well with limited international games and more club based action. Cricket will take that same route. Have a good IPL KP and hope to see Delhi win the championship !!

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | April 12, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    I actually enjoy the IPL and watch a few of the games now they're all on ITV4, but I think it's telling that I'd prefer to watch the county championship, if only they actually showed some of it on TV! I don't see what's necessarily odd about a national press paying more attention to their own domestic competitions though; I doubt the Indian press is flush with news from the middle of the English limited overs tournaments in their off season, for example, and no domestic leagues are really covered here in the UK. If I wanted to see what was happening in the South African or Australian first class competition, I'd have to come on Cricinfo, and I'm guessing that it may well be the same overseas - hopefully someone can confirm or disprove this for me!

  • POSTED BY PanGlupek on | April 12, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Interesting point of view, but I think he's got that one wrong: I think the only times the British media is negative about it is when the Champions League clashes with the end of the county season and when the IPL clashes with internationals, meaning teams like West Indies become even weaker, and teams like Australia & England players don't play IPL because they put thier countries first (no disrespect to WI, by the way, just that thier players get paid much less, more understandable to put the IPL first). Are there any self-respecting nations whose media don't put thier own domestic leagues first? Saying that, I think the majority of the British public just don't love T20 cricket as much as Asian countries anyway. Because tests can be very boring in Asia where you often see 700vs600 1st innings draws, Asian fans tend to like T20 more, which is fine.

  • POSTED BY Sachin_God_Cricket on | April 12, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    People who benificial of IPL would always support their cause. Who they are not part of it and wants to part of it but not getting anything for them. England would not support IPL because they are not benificial on that account. KP may be hoping for more support and enthusiasm from there board.

  • POSTED BY chopperbirch on | April 12, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Much as it grates me to say it (as a Lancastrian) I have to agree with Yorkshire pudding. IPL fans in England are few and far between and I concur with all the comments he has made. There is just no interest among the main cricketing public.

  • POSTED BY vxttemp on | April 12, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    We all talk like we hate money. I've started liking this guy. Sounds honest. Much better than faking to be diplomatic.

  • POSTED BY bombaytogoa on | April 12, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Well ECB tried with Failed Stanford Super Series . I agree with KP we should see more English player in IPL but question is which English player who can perform in IPL as most of them are boring except KP

  • POSTED BY vxttemp on | April 12, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Test cricket is so important for england. When there was no t 20 competition, how many times they've lost against mcgrath/warnie and co. By the way, they are also serious about soccer and wimbledon. When was the last time a brit won one of those. Give me a break. By the way, I don't support neither australia nor IPL.

  • POSTED BY RogerC on | April 12, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Of course, England is jealous. They started the Stanford circus as a response to IPL, but it ended up as a tragedy. They are probably not keen to try another circus, so the IPL hate game is on.

  • POSTED BY PrajithR on | April 12, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    The same truth which Ravi Shastri said a year ago.... You can see this sour grapes attitude among all the English writers.... But I admire KP even more now.... He has always spoken his mind & stood by what he thinks right- First as a youngster against South African quota policy, then for continuing tour after 2008 terror attacks, now this issue.... It is rare to find men like him nowadays who has the courage to act as he thinks.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 12, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    I'm a KP fan but all his comms will do is give the media an excuse to jump on his back again.Why should the English media go OTT about the IPL?It involves very few English players so for a start that takes alot of the interest out of it. Secondly wouldn't English fans prefer to see him playing for Surrey in the domestic tournaments?I'm not anti IPL in the slightest and I think it can be a worthwhile thing for our batsmen especially to play it esp with the T20 wc coming up in SL later this year but SKY for example would only have a certain budget to play with.Why spend that on Indian cricket at the expense of our domestic tournaments?Fair play to KP for his form etc and nothing against him playing IPL - whether it be for the money or for the challenge - but why should the media etc show much interest in a tournament which isn't based in England and has so few English players playing in it?It is shown on ITV4 anyway and non international cricket gets very little space in our newspapers

  • POSTED BY Ramski1 on | April 12, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Is this not the same Kevin Pietersen who was complaining about player burnout and too much cricket prior to the IPL being created.

    KP your a hypocrite.

    Im sure the IPL is lots of fun to play in and to some degree a good way to hone your T20 skills, buts lets be honest, the overseas players are there for 1 reason....MONEY!

    England are not jealous of the IPL, they simply prioritise International cricket and Test cricket. The IPL conflicts with preparing Team England and its players from being at their peak for the English Cricket Season.

    Andy Flower has admitted that the IPL is an issue as he wants his players to get some rest before the season starts, im sure Duncan Fletcher and Gary Kersten before him share those views but are powerless to suggest to the BCCI that MS Dhoni could do with a break. Especially with all the conflicts of interest between the BCCI and IPL teams

    KP would you play in the IPL for free? I dont think so.

    I wonder what Jimmy Anderson makes of KPs comments

  • POSTED BY IanJF on | April 12, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    When he says "back home".. does he mean South Africa ??

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | April 12, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    To be frank, ECB is jealous of IPL and it is a fact irrespective of whether IPL is good for their players or not..

  • POSTED BY Tufey_Fatos on | April 12, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    It's not about jealous,,Actually English Team don't have power hitters in T20,KP and Morgan are the only 2 clean hitters they have and they are playing in IPL ! !

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | April 12, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    KP's greed for money over the game is quite obvious;he in fact was the one who instigated the England camp while he was the captain;he really should have been concentrating over cementing England's number one spot rather than coping out to pressure in the indian media to placate IPL. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • POSTED BY SinSpider on | April 12, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    It is unprofessional and to an extent unpatriotic for Pieterson to make these comments, even though they might be partially true. He should thank ECB owing to the fact that he is able to play in the IPL. Remember, ECB was trying to have a competitive tournament to IPL. Therefore, their apathy to IPL is justified.

  • POSTED BY Riderstorm on | April 12, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    KP, was this necessary considering you've had so much support over the last two years even though you were struggling like hell. You could've expressed your opinion in a subtler way than this. This will definitely hurt ECB and fans who stood by your side till now.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | April 12, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    My reading is that KP is having a pop at the media and not English game, players or supporters. As the british media is awash with ex-players who never had the opportunity to earn what current players do - I can see why they would be jealous. Whilst the IPL may be a circus, it is a circus that makes great players very rich. You would have to be naive to believe that some would not be jealous of those reaping the benefits - and the media is an ideal mouthpiece to do this.

  • POSTED BY OConnor on | April 12, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Well it would take a South African 'Englishman' to admit it, but of course we're jealous. We invented the format, went about it in a halfhearted way, treating it as 'hit and giggle' cricket. Then a nation with a genuine passion for the game (and no soccer to compete with for money) turned it into an extraordinarily succesful tournament.

    Nothing typifies India's rapidly growing confidence on the world stage more than the IPL. They have lead rather than followed.

    T20 glamour is helped by being played mostly under floodlights. Sadly, floodlight cricket just doesn't work in England due to the long summer daylight hours. It doesn't get dark until late and by then it's pretty cold in the stands.

    India made a statement to the world with IPL and good for them. Yes it might be to the terminal detriment of Test Cricket, but that was dying around the world well before IPL and at least it gives cricket a future. If it gets kids playing and families watching again - embrace it England.

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | April 12, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    To misquote the Mrs Merton sketch: "So Kevin, can you please tell us what first attracted you to the billionaire owners of the IPL?".

    Pieterson is a professional cricketer with a limited amount of time in which to generate wealth, so I would not criticise him for trying to maximise his income. However, what I find disingenuous is his use of the 'I'm improving my cricket' argument to justify his participation in the IPL. He may well improve his 20/20 cricket over the coming month or so, it's harder to see how it will improve his ability to occupy the cease for 30/40 overs during the coming India/England series.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | April 12, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    England's t20 tournament is the original, with real teams not collections of mercenaries - and don't forget Somerset could easily have made the "Champions league" final so the standard is good as well. How ridiculous that a franchise can have Pietersen, Jayawardene in its middle order, they wouldn't be there if they weren't getting huge slabs of cash - unlike the pride and commitment to their team that the county players play for in England

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | April 12, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    I am sure that MR.Booth wouldn't have said nothing if Stanford T20 was a success. They just can't stand the fact that India created the most successful cricket league!

  • POSTED BY mikest1999 on | April 12, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    KP seems to be living in a parallel universe, one in which he, single-handedly, wins every match he plays in, one in which he never, ever, gets out to a spinner, and one in which the success of the England team depends solely on his efforts. The facts tell a different story. And could someone explain to me how playing in the the IPL has improved Eoin Morgan as a batsman?

  • POSTED BY Jayco on | April 12, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    With England batting so badly on against spin on slow pitches lately, Pietersen and Morgan could seriously take a lot of advantage out of a month in India. Let's see if they perform well against subcontinental spin after this stint - maybe England could learn to better use the IPL to their advantage

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | April 12, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    My hostility for the IPL is the riches it gives for such a poor form of the game. I think it's a joke that a 30 off 19 innings is lauded as a match winner. or a 2-35 off 4 overs being equally "brilliant" - the second these guys step into the test arena they are crucified and exposed for what they are

  • POSTED BY fitzy99 on | April 12, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Ha ha.....somebody knows on what side his bread is buttered

  • POSTED BY Fayss on | April 12, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    We just saw that IPL's TV rating going down. It seems like more of Indian people are not watching/following IPL as they use to be. I hardly think that 'jealousy' comes anywhere in a competitive cricket. His statements are nothing more than a lame attempt to improve the ratings of the cricket blaming the 'media' or certain set of people for the poor show. IPL is not that excting anymore, they are losing the charm. It may be a good experience for a player to be in Player but not as good for a spectator. His statements are controversial and utter disappointment.

  • POSTED BY MatthewWright on | April 12, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    What KP fails to understand I think is that a lot of people would rather see English players, particularly those like Morgan who want a place in the test side, playing in English domestic cricket where they'll be playing all summer. If a player such as Morgan says he's serious about wanting to play test cricket and get back into the side, going off to play T20 cricket instead of first-class cricket is sending the wrong message and I think that's why some people have problems with it in the UK.

  • POSTED BY VettiPayyan on | April 12, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Well said KP... Many Eng crics are waiting for thier chane in IPL.. but when asked abt it.. say its bad for thier game.. Sour grapes ;-)

    Its like soccer.. All countries have thier own leagues and forgien players... its the same.. !

    If IPL fails, it will prove that cricket fans are hypocrites. Inside they want some entertainment and quick gasmes sintead of yawning thru some broing one sided Test matches or ODIs.. wsting 8 hrs a day, but ont he outside they wud cure the IPL showing themselves to be purists.. Bahahaha!

    I love gud test matches like yday's WI vs Aus,, but i am intelligent enuff to watch only the last 1 hr as i know its the only exciting thing.

    ODIs are boring for me.. All i want is Test for purist side of me and T20 for the excitment side of me.. SImple!

  • POSTED BY danny_essex on | April 12, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    What a load of rubbish. England is not jellous of it at all. In fact I would say we dont care about it because our own orignal 20 20 is just as good if not better for entertainment. Why would we not put our own comps first? KP how ever much I love you fella you are wrong. Maybe if you played a few games in england for your club you might understand. Just make sure it is not at essex lol

  • POSTED BY Shrigadi on | April 12, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    he lots the mind and giving this statement from heartly...

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | April 12, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Kp's entitled to his opinion, and will say whatever the people paying him want him to say, but the fact remains that the IPL is not relevant to the majority of the British cricketing public, as most dont have a tie to any of the franchises and its largely seen as a domestic Indian competition. Theres also the consideration of the fact that Football season is heading to a close so most will be following thier teans to see if they can avoid relegation, get the last promotion/play-off slot, or win the premiership, which despite Mancini's proclamation last night could still goto the wire. We saw the effect of the Football world cup had on English T20 comp in 2010.

  • POSTED BY zuber21886 on | April 12, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    totally agree England have been since long jealous of India's success in IPL

  • POSTED BY Salomon6363 on | April 12, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    I do not think the interest in England is as limited as the media might suggest. Quite a few youngsters I know are interested and I even know someone - a real rural Englishman - who watch IPL while he is not really interested in any county cricket.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | April 12, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    what is he thinking about ? can you ever imagine someone from Aus saying as much ? It just shows what india and its big-bucks can do to the game !!

  • POSTED BY Roger_Dodge on | April 12, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    I think that KP is having an "amazing time" is because he is earning about a million dollars for a few hours cricket. I also feel that most English cricket followers find 20/20 a bit dull, especially when played in such numbers. And the way the teams are brought together is anathema to most British sports fans.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | April 12, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Really interesting from KP, I think he has the right to play in the IPL should he want, althogh a lot of the England team I thinik aim for test success, especially with the imoprtance of the Ashes tro England and the up-coming SA series for the no.1 spot they probably think that 4 day cricket is their best preparation or resting with their families. Ali cook for one has just got married at the new year and hasn't barely spent a day with his wife! Who can balme him for wanting a rest. Also it does appear that mostly the indian players seem to get the real big money and England seem to be No1 T20 side by a bit of a margin without having to play IPL!

  • POSTED BY ste13 on | April 12, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    IPL is a domestic competition of India. I do not understand why English media should be enthusiastic about it. It would be sad if Champions League was ignored. Mr. Pietersen decison to play for IPL is his own choice. He went there rather to collect Indian money then to perfect his form. To perfect his form he should play in Ranji Trophy.

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  • POSTED BY ste13 on | April 12, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    IPL is a domestic competition of India. I do not understand why English media should be enthusiastic about it. It would be sad if Champions League was ignored. Mr. Pietersen decison to play for IPL is his own choice. He went there rather to collect Indian money then to perfect his form. To perfect his form he should play in Ranji Trophy.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | April 12, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Really interesting from KP, I think he has the right to play in the IPL should he want, althogh a lot of the England team I thinik aim for test success, especially with the imoprtance of the Ashes tro England and the up-coming SA series for the no.1 spot they probably think that 4 day cricket is their best preparation or resting with their families. Ali cook for one has just got married at the new year and hasn't barely spent a day with his wife! Who can balme him for wanting a rest. Also it does appear that mostly the indian players seem to get the real big money and England seem to be No1 T20 side by a bit of a margin without having to play IPL!

  • POSTED BY Roger_Dodge on | April 12, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    I think that KP is having an "amazing time" is because he is earning about a million dollars for a few hours cricket. I also feel that most English cricket followers find 20/20 a bit dull, especially when played in such numbers. And the way the teams are brought together is anathema to most British sports fans.

  • POSTED BY PrasPunter on | April 12, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    what is he thinking about ? can you ever imagine someone from Aus saying as much ? It just shows what india and its big-bucks can do to the game !!

  • POSTED BY Salomon6363 on | April 12, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    I do not think the interest in England is as limited as the media might suggest. Quite a few youngsters I know are interested and I even know someone - a real rural Englishman - who watch IPL while he is not really interested in any county cricket.

  • POSTED BY zuber21886 on | April 12, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    totally agree England have been since long jealous of India's success in IPL

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | April 12, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Kp's entitled to his opinion, and will say whatever the people paying him want him to say, but the fact remains that the IPL is not relevant to the majority of the British cricketing public, as most dont have a tie to any of the franchises and its largely seen as a domestic Indian competition. Theres also the consideration of the fact that Football season is heading to a close so most will be following thier teans to see if they can avoid relegation, get the last promotion/play-off slot, or win the premiership, which despite Mancini's proclamation last night could still goto the wire. We saw the effect of the Football world cup had on English T20 comp in 2010.

  • POSTED BY Shrigadi on | April 12, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    he lots the mind and giving this statement from heartly...

  • POSTED BY danny_essex on | April 12, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    What a load of rubbish. England is not jellous of it at all. In fact I would say we dont care about it because our own orignal 20 20 is just as good if not better for entertainment. Why would we not put our own comps first? KP how ever much I love you fella you are wrong. Maybe if you played a few games in england for your club you might understand. Just make sure it is not at essex lol

  • POSTED BY VettiPayyan on | April 12, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Well said KP... Many Eng crics are waiting for thier chane in IPL.. but when asked abt it.. say its bad for thier game.. Sour grapes ;-)

    Its like soccer.. All countries have thier own leagues and forgien players... its the same.. !

    If IPL fails, it will prove that cricket fans are hypocrites. Inside they want some entertainment and quick gasmes sintead of yawning thru some broing one sided Test matches or ODIs.. wsting 8 hrs a day, but ont he outside they wud cure the IPL showing themselves to be purists.. Bahahaha!

    I love gud test matches like yday's WI vs Aus,, but i am intelligent enuff to watch only the last 1 hr as i know its the only exciting thing.

    ODIs are boring for me.. All i want is Test for purist side of me and T20 for the excitment side of me.. SImple!