Pietersen quit limited overs cricket since he had to play ODIs
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has revealed that he thinks Twenty20 cricket and tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL) will replace boring and uninteresting ODIs.
Due to the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) rules on players having to play in both formats, Pietersen decided to retire from limited overs cricket and concentrate on becoming a specialist batsman in Test cricket.
However, Pietersen has time and time again expressed his desire to represent England in Twenty20 Internationals, and in the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, which will be hosted by Sri Lanka in September.
Pietersen has launched an attack on ODIs, stating that they place extreme demands on players’ bodies and their family lives.
The flamboyant batsman also added that ODIs must be scrapped because they are responsible for burning out players early in their careers.
The Daily Mail, quoted Pietersen as saying: “The 50-over game is the format most under threat, Twenty20 and the IPL are here to stay. Test matches will always be key to how you want to be rated and remembered as a player, but the entertainment package is Twenty20 cricket.”
Pietersen further noted that he found the middle overs of ODIs to always be “dull”, long and dragged out.
“The middle overs of a one-day international can be dull. Do other players feel that way? It’s difficult for me to answer but I think some have commented on it,” he said.
The ECB stated they have not allowed Pietersen to play in just Twenty20 Internationals because if they did, then more and more players would follow in his footsteps, which would seriously hamper England’s plans to win their first ever 50-over World Cup.
When asked what he thinks about the ECB’s concerns, Pietersen said: “Would they? I’ve seen speculation that five or six of our players would do the same thing as me if I was allowed to play 20 over cricket, but ask them. You go and find out. I’m sure you will find out the answers. People can speculate as much as they like, but ask them.”