England jealous of IPL - KP

by Setanta Staff , 12 April 2012

Kevin Pietersen admits he would love to see more English players in the IPL and feels there is jealousy towards the event back home.

The England batsman made a stunning debut for Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday, hitting an unbeaten 43 off 26 deliveries against Chennai Super Kings as his side pulled off a comfortable victory.

Delhi is the third franchise that the 31-year-old has signed for, as he began his IPL career with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, before switching to the Deccan Chargers last year.

He has never been able to play a full season in the sub-continental extravaganza due to England commitments and will return home before the conclusion of the tournament this year as well, but the talented right-hander is a big fan of the event.

But that it not that case universally back in England as it does not receive too many column inches in the papers and is broadcast on a relatively peripheral channel to a small audience.

The ECB do have their own T20 domestic tournament but it does not have the glamour or glitz of its Indian counterpart and Pietersen wishes that the Indian competition was embraced back home as he feels the benefits to the players are huge.

"IPL is very much struggling to find acceptance back home," he told reporters. "It saddens me because I have had an amazing time in the IPL. "

"There is a lot of jealousy with it, which is sad because I would love to see a lot more English players in the IPL. A lot of them made themselves available but were just not picked.

"The IPL would benefit the England team so much, especially with the Indian tour at the end of the year."

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