Kevin Pietersen brands IPL auction “another slap in Test cricket’s face”

England cricketers were undoubtedly the biggest gainers at the 2017 IPL player auctions. The English duo of Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills were snapped up for Rs 14.5 crores by Rising Pune Supergiants and Rs 12 crores to the Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively.  In the process, Stokes’ becomes the costliest ever overseas player in IPL history.

Other England players Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Chris Jordan were also snapped up in the player auction in Bangalore.

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However, England’s former skipper Kevin Pietersen doesn’t seem very pleased with Monday Indian Premier League (IPL) player auctions, as he feels it is “another slap in Test cricket’s face.”
 

 

The former batting star is not convinced with the amount being shelved out in the shorter version of the game and believes it’s hampering the traditional format which is not in favour of the game’s interests.
 

 

Pietersen himself is a no stranger to franchise T20 cricket and after being discarded from the national side. The South-Africa born cricketer now plays the role of a floater competing in tournaments in Australia, India, South Africa and West Indies. He is currently representing franchise Quetta Gladiators in the second edition of Pakistan Super League being held in UAE.
 

 

The 36-year-old cricketer warned that with the overdose of T20 cricket, the Test format of the game is falling “way behind” in the cricketing ladder. He also urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to act quickly to save the sanctity of cricket’s traditional form.

 

Tymal Mills who become the richest bowler in the history of IPL has played only T20Is for England. “A T20 specialist becomes one of the current England team’s richest players,” said Pietersen. 
 

“I embraced [T20] eight years ago and it’s what caused me my P45. I absolutely love how all these youngsters are now benefiting,” Pietersen said on his official Twitter account.

 

KP is fifth in the list of England’s all-time Test run scorer’s list, he has scored 8,181 runs in 104 Tests including 23 centuries. Pietersen has not played any international match since 2014 after being sacked by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

 

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