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KP urges not to host international matches during IPL

Former England captain and current cricket commentator Kevin Pietersen has urged cricket boards not to arrange any international series during the IPL (Indian Premier League). 

The 14th season of IPL will kick off on April 9 and will continue till the end of May. Five Test-playing nations including Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe (no players from these countries are in the IPL) will play international cricket during this time.

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Pakistan are currently on seven-match (three ODIs and four T20Is) tour in South Africa and will move to Zimbabwe to play two Tests and three T20Is. South Africa’s IPL-bound players have been cleared to leave after the second ODI scheduled on Sunday (April 4).

Meanwhile, Bangladesh will travel to Sri Lanka to play two Tests without Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman, who have been given NOCs (No Objection Certificate) to skip national duties.

Pietersen on Twitter feels it is very, very, very simple to realise scheduling international matches will not favour much in middle of the ‘biggest show’ IPL.

“Cricket boards need to realise that the @IPL is the biggest show in town. DO NOT schedule ANY international games whilst it’s on. V v v simple!,” Pietersen wrote in a tweet.

New Zealand are scheduled to tour England for two-match Test series before their World Test Championship final with India. IPL players from both New Zealand and England are expected to skip the Test series with border restrictions amid pandemic.

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