Kevin Pietersen has slammed England’s decision to recall Ben Stokes from the Indian Premier League. Stokes became the most expensive foreign player in the tournament’s history when he joined Pune for £1.7million in February and he has more than justified the huge amount shelled out for his services. [ বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ আইপিএলে অবশিষ্ট ম্যাচ না খেলায় স্বদেশীদের সমালোচনায় পিটারসেন ]
The Durham star has scored 316 runs and taken 12 wickets in 12 matches to help the team reach the IPL play-offs and he was expected to play in the qualifier 1 match against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday. However, England have decided to cut the 25-year-old’s spell at Pune early and recall the all-rounder so he can join the national team at a training camp in Spain ahead of the Champions Trophy next month.
Former batsman Pietersen has had his say on the decision to bring Stokes back from the IPL with the South African-born star disagreeing with the choice. “I think it’s pathetic. An absolute shambles,” the ex-England player said to a news channel from his nation.
“Stokes should be playing in the semi-final and the final. The last week of the IPL is a huge occasion”, the former English captain also added.
Kevin Pietersen then went to express more anger and asked the question to the officials, “What are they going to Spain for? To field a couple of balls?”
The England Cricket team will start their Champions Trophy mission with the match against Bangladesh on first of June. The other two opponents in the group stages are Australia and New Zealand. They will also play a three match One day series with South Africa before that tournament.
- Maksudul HAQUE, Correspondent, bdcrictime