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Pietersen concerned by England bowlers' IPL absence

Kevin Pietersen
Pietersen believes a valuable learning experience has been missed

Kevin Pietersen believes England's Twenty20 bowlers are missing out on valuable experience by not playing in the Indian Premier League tournament.

Stuart Broad and James Anderson, two likely members of England's attack for the World Twenty20 in April and May, both opted out of this year's IPL.

"I was speaking to Paul Collingwood and we'd have liked to have had our bowlers here learning," said Pietersen.

"A lot of our players should definitely have put their names in the hat."

Broad and Anderson both chose to miss out on the lucrative annual Indian event to recuperate before England's Twenty20 campaign in the Caribbean.

Anderson missed the recent tour of Bangladesh because of a knee problem and is only just returning to action with his county Lancashire, while Broad also had injury problems on the tour.

Wide-scale English representation at future IPLs is thought more likely if the International Cricket Council can consent to a window to accommodate the tournament between all Test and one-day international tours.

It's going to be a tough ask to take on other teams who've been playing a lot of the Twenty20 format and learning new things all the time

Ryan Sidebottom

However England's premier batsman Pietersen said: "The window that is set is fine.

"I do think we should have all countries available for the six weeks - that is something we should try to get to.

"For the English players to improve and get better at this tournament would be really good.

"There is definitely a lot I have learned over the last month, and I will be jumping around telling people when I get back to the England dressing-room."

Five members of England's 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 are playing in the current IPL - Pietersen, skipper Collingwood, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan and Michael Lumb - and seamer Ryan Sidebottom, who has recovered from the thigh injury that ended his tour of Bangladesh, agrees that more players gaining experience in the event is key.

"I don't know if we can get that figure up, if there's a way to increase English players' participation in the IPL," he said.

"The guys over there are learning a lot, and I love playing that format of the game.

"It's going to be a tough ask to take on other teams who've been playing a lot of the Twenty20 format and learning new things all the time."



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