“I got banned from T20s too”: Kevin Pietersen digs at ECB after Ben Stokes’ ODIs

“I got banned from T20s too”: Kevin Pietersen digs at ECB after Ben Stokes’ ODIs


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Ben Stokes’ premature retirement from ODIs has raised concerns in world cricket. The England Test captain clearly mentioned in his statement announcing his ODI retirement: “Three formats are unstable for me right now. Not only do I feel that my body is letting me down because of the schedule and what is expected of us.” But I also feel like I am replacing another player who can give Jose and the rest of the team his all. It would be unbelievable for someone else to progress as a cricketer and over the last 11 years. It’s time to make memories.”

This statement of Stokes has sparked a debate on whether too much cricket is being played at the moment. Speaking on the issue, former England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen took a dig at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Pietersen wrote in a tweet, “I once said that the schedule was very bad and I could not cope with it, so I retired from ODI cricket and the ECB banned me from T20 as well.”

Pietersen had hot and cold relations with the ECB. Despite being a top batsman, he often had disputes with the cricket board. Pietersen played 104 Tests, 136 ODIs and 37 T20Is for England in which he scored 8181, 4440, 1176 runs in all three formats respectively. He also played for several IPL franchises.

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Unhappy with Stokes’ early retirement from the format, another former England captain Michael Vaughan said bilateral series and franchise cricket cannot go hand in hand.

“Bi-lateral ODI/T20 series will have to go if all boards around the world are desperate for their own franchise tournament!! Something has to give.. It shouldn’t be players retiring from a format at the age of 31 !!!!” Vaughan said in a tweet on Monday.

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