Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen has come up with a unique suggestion and feels that the remaining part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) should be conducted in the UK. The tournament was suspended indefinitely by the BCCI on Tuesday after a string of COVID-19 cases emerged inside the bio-bubble.
There has been no official word on when will the league resume but many have hinted that September could be the possible window available to conduct the remaining fixtures. Amidst all the development, Kevin Pietersen feels that the remaining games should be played in the UK, just after the conclusion of India and England Test series.
“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. There is a window in September after the England v India Test series has finished,” he wrote in a column for Betway Insider.
“All the best Indian players would already be there and all of the best English players would be available as well. Mid-to-late September is the most beautiful time in the UK. They could use Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and the two London grounds (Lord’s & The Oval),” the 42-year-old added.
His suggestion came after the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, had earlier expressed to host IPL matches in England’s capital.
“Surrey are speaking to teams in India and colleagues in the BCCI and IPL. The first step will be friendlies and exhibition matches. We want to get them going, maybe even this year if we make progress as we are doing with the pandemic. It has to be Covid-safe, of course. We have to bang the drum for our city, and sport is one way to do this,” he had said.
“This is part of my plan to build a better London after the pandemic. I know Londoners are hungry to see more of the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant and, with two of the world’s greatest cricket grounds in Lord’s and The Kia Oval, London is ideally placed to host IPL matches,” he added.