Kevin Pietersen interested in IPL big bucks, says Bob Willis

Kevin Pietersen on Monday created uproar in English cricket by announcing that he might retire after the final Test against South Africa. Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 8, 2012

Former England cricketer Bob Willis has slammed star batsman Kevin Pietersen for holding England cricket to ransom by his threat to quit Test cricket at the end of the series.

Pietersen on Monday created a uproar in English cricket by announcing that he might retire after the final Test against South Africa.

Willis said the batsman is eager to earn big money in the Indian Premier League (IPL) but not ready to play for the national team in the upcoming T20 World Cup due as he retired from limited-overs cricket.

The former fast bowler was quoted by Reuters as saying, “It’s a mess. He’s clearly got his nose severely out of joint by not being included in England’s initial squad of 30 for the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September.

“But he also wants to play fully in the IPL (Indian Premier League) which clashes directly with England’s home series with New Zealand next May. He wants to earn his $2.5 million and he is holding England to ransom.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) contract does not allow a national player to have a choice between the T20 and One-Day Internationals (ODIs) cricket.

Pietersen had cited the dressing room politics as the reason for him contemplating retirement.

“It’s tough being me, playing for England,” Pietersen said in a press conference before adding that it was not about the money. “It’s absolutely 100 percent not about money … there are clear things that I’m discussing but there are other issues that need to be sorted. You’ll find out soon enough.”