Pietersen had tweeted in May about England players possibly playing in IPL despite ECB not making them available at that time.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen. (Photo by Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

The second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is scheduled to start on September 19. With the tight international calendar, there were question marks over the availability of the overseas players for the tournament. But the BCCI has more or less solved the issue by talking to all the cricket boards and even the players from England are now available to feature in the tournament.

England were scheduled to tour Bangladesh for a limited-overs series in September-October window but the bilateral series has now been postponed until March 2023. This has led to England players getting a chance to take part in the remaining 31 matches of the IPL.

However, it is a complete opposition stance as the ECB’s Director of Cricket, Ashley Giles had cleared that England cricketers won’t be available for the second leg of IPL as they will prioritize international cricket. Reacting to the latest news, Kevin Pietersen has taken a cheeky dig at the England board and has also reminded the fans of what he tweeted about the matter back in May when Giles had made the aforementioned comment.

“Can anyone find my tweet from a few months ago when ECB said none of their players will play the IPL and will have to prioritise International cricket. I think I said, watch this space or something,” Pietersen tweeted.

What did Pietersen tweet?

Interestingly, when the news surfaced about England players’ unavailability, Kevin Pietersen had taken to Twitter to see the way ECB handles the matter. He also recalled the time when he was alone fighting to feature in the IPL when ECB was not in favour of its players in the T20 extravaganza. However, the board’s stance has changed over the years, especially after 2015 when they decided to completely change its structure in the limited-overs format.

“It’s going to be v interesting to watch how the ECB handle this issue around not allowing it’s best players to play IPL, if it’s rescheduled. When I went up against ENG, I was alone.This time, it’s all their best branded players! If they stand together, they’ll play IPL!” Pietersen had tweeted.

Here’s his tweet:


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