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Andrew Strauss proves Kevin Pietersen correct once again

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Kevin Pietersen has once again been proven right by the ECB after England's director of cricket, Andrew Strauss announced that players would finally be allowed to play in foreign Twenty20 competitions.

This is something Pietersen - who has played in the Indian Premier League since it's second year of existence in 2009 - has been telling the ECB to do for years, with them totally disregarding his opinion.

Just a few years ago, any English players - of which there were few - who went to play in the IPL were heavily criticised by the media - Pietersen especially - with counties making the best efforts to prevent their players from being taken in the IPL auction.

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Only three England players have consistently played in the IPL in the past few years, Pietersen, current England one-day captain Eoin Morgan and Sussex captain Luke Wright.

The sudden change of heart shown by those at the ECB to allow players like Alex Hales, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and David Willey to go to the IPL is a complete contradiction to how they have approached the competition in previous years.

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Pietersen's argument for the tournament has always been that the best players are playing in the IPL and so English players would be able to play in high-pressure situations against the best players in the world, which can only ever be a good thing.

It now looks as though the ECB have finally acknowledged this may be true after Strauss appeared on BBC Radio 5Live's Test Match Special and said he was a 'massive fan' of the IPL and also Australia's twenty20 tournament, the Big Bash, which has already clearly surpassed our own domestic T20 competition just four years after its inception.

Strauss also added: "If you are an overseas player, what those Twenty20 competitions do is put you under real pressure."

Sounds familiar, right?

England appear to have noticed later than anyone else in world cricket that it is highly beneficial for their players to be playing in the IPL and it may have been costly after, once again, we saw England fail miserably in a major one-day tournament, when they were knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages earlier this year.

It is not a hidden fact that Strauss holds a grudge against Pietersen for texting South African players about him during a test series a few of years ago, not to mention that Strauss was caught on the Sky Sports cameras calling Pietersen a 'c**t' during a live broadcast last summer.

After Strauss exiled Pietersen from the England team for good earlier this year, he then took tensions even further when he offered KP an 'advisory role' within the one-day setup.

This is laughable when you consider England have an extremely young team which could do with experienced head playing in the side for the World T20 next spring.

Pietersen still good enough for England

Pietersen rejected, as he has always believed he can still play at the international level, and would not want to waste his time 'advising' when he is being paid to play for sides in various domestic T20 competitions around the world.

Even in the past few weeks Pietersen has been playing for the Sunfoil Dolphins in South Africa's Ram Slam T20, scoring 305 runs at an average of 152.5 in his first four matches and proving that he can still perform at a high level.

The ECB have constantly tried to avoid publicising the IPL, most likely due to the jealously that it is so much greater than our own domestic T20 competition but now, finally, it seems like they have realised the errors of their ways.

Unfortunately, that's far too late for all of the major tournaments where it has damaged our nation's chances.

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