Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has spoken about the increase in the number of players in the IPL and its impact on England’s white ball cricket. Petersen, who is part of five IPL teams including Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), has always supported the IPL in English cricket. Peterson believes the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has allowed its players to play in IPL matches rather than international ones. In the IPL, players play with and against the best players in the world and learn from them. He said it helped him win the World Cup for a few years. The ECB has launched The Hundred to further promote white ball cricket and the former captain feels it should start earlier.
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Speaking to the Daily Mail, Peterson said: ‘100 per cent (England would have been more successful if The Hundred had come earlier). I played in an era where there were only four or five of us playing IPL and we were all frustrated and sitting in England teams and saying, ‘What are we doing to stop the ball? Why are we choosing players to block the ball? ‘Now you have an England squad full of IPL stars. It’s a complete change of mood.
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Peterson wants Indian players to join The Hundred. The BCCI has so far only given five female cricketers – Shafali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemima Rodriguez, Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma – to play in The Hundred but no active male cricketers have been allowed to play in any foreign league. The former explosive batsman said, ‘The crowd is even bigger than the men’s Indian players. They are well supported. Politically, if both boards are at that level and negotiating, it will be a major coup for English cricket.