Kevin Pietersen against English cricket salary cap

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Since his omission from the national side, Kevin Pietersen has been controversy incarnate, with his best selling autobiography exposing cricket's closed doors.

He mentions a bullying culture that exists in the England dressing room, naming wicket keeper Matt Prior alongside senior bowlers James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann as the main culprits.

Furthering this, he said of former coach Andy Flower that his "methods created an environment where people became terrified of failing".

Salary cap

His latest attack however comes in light of proposed changes to English domestic cricket whereby a cap will be placed on any potential earnings. The ECB say this is an attempt to further the careers and opportunities for home grown players, but it is this that the former England captain says will be its demise.

Pietersen's claims the problem is more deep set than that, and that it needs to be tackled on a grassroot level, by first getting people interested in the sport, and that, he says, is achieved by attracting the big overseas players.

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Furthering this, he adds: "the best way to make them (the players) become better is to play against better players".

Big Bash example

The Big Bash league in Australia boasts an impressive roster of players with some of the game's top names vying for supremacy down under. And their popularity is seen in the viewing figures with the opening match having 1.24 million national viewers and the average crowd size has been 20,000.

When compared to the English game, the county league final only managed 360,000 viewers and that season the average ground attendance was less than 6000.

The Big Bash has undoubtedly been a success,and one that is great for sport as a whole, but not only that, there has been an improvement in Australia's performances over all three formats, most notably the rise to the number one spot in the 50 over game.

Pietersen, who played for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League, knows exactly what it takes to bring increase popularity in the game, raises some important points, and ones that need to be considered when it comes to bringing English cricket forward.

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