Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has hit out at England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) decision to recall Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes from IPL 10. According to him, the decision was pathetic.
Buttler plays for Mumbai Indians while Rising Pune Supergiant had Ben Stokes.“I think it's pathetic. An absolute shambles. Stokes should be playing in the semi-final and the final. The last week of the IPL is a huge occasion,” Pietersen was quoted as telling Sky Sports.
“Just speak to him, speak to Jos Buttler, they'll talk about how much it has helped their development being out there. What are they going to Spain for? To field a couple of balls? He should be playing in the IPL,” he went on to say. Buttler did well for Mumbai with his batting at the top of the order. Stokes hit unbeaten century against Gujarat Lions for Supergiant
“I'm going to be in Mumbai for the semi-final on Tuesday and I'm excited by that as a commentator – that stadium is electric. It's only going to be benefiting English cricket for that bloke to be playing on Tuesday, getting his team to a final on Sunday, and then possibly lifting the trophy. He is the kind of player that could do that,” said Pietersen.
“It's just incredible for your learning and your development as a player to play in these conditions. I promise you, you can learn a heck of a lot from playing in India. The one thing that all international players learn from is the ability to go to India, to have success in India, to have friends in India, which makes [it easier] travelling the sub-continent – which are big, big tours because the BCCI is where the money is at,” Pietersen concluded.
--By A Cricket Correspondent