Kevin Pietersen Blasts Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and ECB for leaving IPL before Playoffs

Former England star Kevin Pietersen has blasted England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for not allowing Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-off for their respective teams.

Stokes was an integral part of the Rising Pune Supergiant team that qualified for the play-offs after their scintillating win over Kings XI Punjab on Sunday. While Jos Buttler played a good hand in Mumbai Indians’ campaign as they topped the league stage with ten wins.

But the duo have been recalled by the ECB and won’t take any further part in the cash-rich league. Stoke and Buttler will join their national team for the upcoming ODI series against South Africa which is seen as a preparation for England’s Champions Trophy 2017 campaign.
 
I think it’s pathetic. An absolute shambles,” the former England batsman said on Sky Sports. “Stokes should be playing in the semi-final, and the final. The last week of the IPL is a huge occasion.

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