Play IPL in England in September as top players will be there, says Kevin Pietersen

Dubai: The availability of players from world’s top two T20 Internationals teams — England and India — should prompt the Indian cricket board (BCCI) to host the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in England in September, said former England captain Kevin Pietersen.

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The IPL was postponed indefinitely last week, after just 29 matches, as COVID-19 cases emerged in the bio-bubble.

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The BCCI is mulling over a window and venues to complete the tournament which still has 31 matches left.

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Pietersen said that the matches should be held immediately after the India-England series in September.

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“I have seen people talking about the UAE as a possible destination to finish the IPL in September but I actually think that the IPL should move to the UK,” said Pietersen in his blog on betway.com.

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“There is a window in September after the England v India Test series has finished. All the best Indian players would already be there and all of the best English players would be available as well,” added the South African-born English player who was commentating at the IPL.

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“Mid-to-late September is the most beautiful time in the UK. They could use Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and the two London grounds… There is also a good chance that crowds will be allowed in the grounds and there will be great atmospheres,” he further added.

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“I have played internationals against India — one in particular in a World T20 against India at Lord’s — when it has felt like an away game because of how well Indian cricket is supported in the UK.”

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