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Jul 1, 2014
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen took to Twitter to speak out against the proposed Day-Night Test matches that could be played come 2015. Earlier this week, it was reported that Cricket Australia (CA) and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) were in talks to play a bilateral Day-Night Test series in November 2015.
Pietersen expressed immense derision at the idea. He spoke out against Day-Night Tests immediately, and drew immediate responses from his followers. The first of Pietersen’s three Tweets was regarding the problem in statistics: “Day/night Test cricket – what a joke! Hope all statistics start again then!” (sic)
@KP24 tennis grand slam floodlit match stats stand with day time stats! Don’t see a problem with night test cricket
— Deno Rich (@denorich) July 1, 2014
— Michael Cheung (@Michae1_Cheung) July 1, 2014
— Lunga Biyela (@KingBiyela) July 1, 2014
His next Tweet read: “Public don’t watch cos there is too much cricket! And it’s expensive! Play less & public will be more interested!” (sic)
The reactions were more sympathetic, with the excessive cost of tickets being a point of contention even for fans.
@KP24 no issues of attendance in England for test matches. Over promotion of short form cricket in asia.
— Robert (@bbqbobs) July 1, 2014
@KP24 more expensive than anything. Explain how anyone on an average wage between the ages of 18-30 can justify £90 for a test match seat..
— Simon Bath (@afcw_bubble) July 1, 2014
Pietersen’s final quote was regarding the condition of the cricketers. “Players are being flogged all around the world, all year round! Standard of cricket suffers too!” (sic) However, a lot of people seemed to think that the mushrooming Twenty20 (T20) leagues the world over were the real culprits.
@KP24 well I do not agree. Players choose to play franchise t20 cricket when there is no obligation to do so
— vineeth srinivasan (@vinkevin86) July 1, 2014
@KP24 you can’t say flogged when some players offer themselves to every T20 league going for a few quid.
— Tom Eyre (@TomEyre78) July 1, 2014
@KP24 Players are signing up for more re T20, appreciate that cash is hard to reject but they do have some choice
— Reece M (@reecem77) July 1, 2014
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