Kevin Pietersen bounces Stuart Broad for shunning the IPL

Kevin Pietersen has criticised Stuart Broad and the rest of England’s bowlers for turning their backs on the IPL.

While batsmen KP, Paul Collingwood, Owais Shah and Ravi Bopara are gaining extra experience in the Twenty20 format, Broad has again decided to rest instead.

Kevin Pietersen

Anger: Pietersen

Pietersen said: ‘It’s very disappointing. Speaking to Colly, we would have asked for a couple of our bowlers to be here learning and bowling. We missed the boat. A lot of our bowlers should have put their names in the hat.’

'The difficulty is that when the IPL came about some people just talked about it being money, money, money. But it has become a "World Cup" tournament, and a lot of our players should definitely have put their names in the hat and tried to find a way to get into this set-up.'

Pietersen has struggled to retain his place in a powerhouse Challengers batting line-up, despite making handsome contributions when selected.

The 29-year-old South Africa-born batsman admits to some consternation about that but accepts not everyone can play every game when there is so much talent available.

'I was surprised, and it is frustrating to be watching the guys when you want to be playing.

'But we have some brilliant batsmen right the way through the order, and you can only have four internationals.

'Getting man of the match and then missing out in the next game is (frustrating). But that is the nature of the beast.'

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