Kevin Pietersen gave this special suggestion to ‘save’ test cricket in England

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Kevin Pietersen

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  • Pietersen said the county has lost its luster and is no longer in a position to provide quality players for the test side.
  • Former captain praises the ECB for ‘The Hundred’, a 100-ball cricket tournament based on a franchise
  • Pietersen has been a member of the team that won the Ashes in the years 2005, 2009, 2010-11 and 2013.

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen believes that top-notch competition on the Hundred tournament lines can help England’s test team regain its former glory. Pietersen, who was a member of the winning Ashes team in 2005, 2009, 2010-11 and 2013, said the current county championship has lost its luster and is not in a position to produce good test-side players in the current format. .

“With money elsewhere in the game, the (county) championship in its current format is not in a position to provide the best players for the test team,” Pietersen wrote on a blog at Betway.

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He said: “The best players don’t want to play in it, so the young players in England cannot learn from other great players like I learned. Average bowlers are taking hitters out on bad ground and it’s all tricky.

The 41-year-old former captain praised the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for ‘The Hundred’, a franchise-based 100-ball cricket tournament. “At The Hundred, the ECB has created a really competitive tournament. It has the best players facing each other, it is well marketed and the audience stays connected.

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“They need to introduce a similar franchise competition in red ball cricket, where the best players play each other every week,” Pietersen said. They should attract some of the best foreign players in the world and the best players from England will benefit from playing alongside them. ,

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Pietersen proposed an eight-team round-robin league whose field should be designed in such a way that the players had solid technique. He said: “The pitch should be monitored by the ECB so that pitches that are not too favorable for bowlers like now.”

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