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“Now they need to introduce a similar franchise competition for red ball cricket, where the best play against the best every single week”; Kevin Pietersen has called for the introduction of a Hundred-style red ball tournament to help improve England’s fortunes in Test cricket

Last updated: 31/12/21 14:56


Kevin Pietersen believes the English test team would benefit from a franchise competition with the red ball

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has come up with a plan he believes will save Test cricket in England after the Ashes debacle.

Pietersen insists that the series defeat for Australia does not have to be a total failure, as long as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) uses it to implement adequate change for the test team and believes that a franchise system for the red-ball, a long form of cricket, modeled after The Hundred, may be a solution.

“With the money elsewhere in the game, the (county) championship in its current form is not fit to serve the test team,” Pietersen wrote in his Betway Blog.

“The best players don’t want to play it, so young English players aren’t learning from other greats like I did.

“In The Hundred, the ECB actually produced a competition with some sort of value.

“It’s best versus best, marketed correctly and the audience has engaged with it. They’ve brought new people to the games and I can tell you that the players will be greatly improved to be featured alongside other greats. It’s such a valuable experience.

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“Now they have to introduce a similar franchise competition for red ball cricket, where the best play against the best every single week.

“They would make money available to attract some of the best overseas players in the world and the best English players would benefit from playing alongside them.

“It would be a marketable and exciting competition that would drive the improvement of the standard and bring people back through the gates to long-lasting cricket.”

Pietersen foresees an eight-team Italian round played in the height of summer on fields monitored by the ECB to avoid favorable conditions for bowlers.

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“We need to have good shots that reward and encourage strong batting techniques, over long periods of time and that require skill on the part of the bowlers to take wickets,” he added.

“The county system doesn’t necessarily have to change. It can be the power system below this competition, where players are developed until they are ready to go up.

“I can promise you that the current England team and many of the best young people in the system still see Test cricket, especially Ashes cricket, as the pinnacle.

“But the best players in the world are involved in IPL, PSL, Big Bash, The Hundred and so on, so there’s no point in denying them the chance to make more millions, like I was back then.

“We need to produce profitable, high quality and interesting competitions that reward and improve the best players. This could be one.”

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England are currently 3-0 down in the series against Australia but Pietersen says captain Joe Root is not to blame.

“There is no point in blaming Joe Root for what happened in Australia,” he said. “He’s the only hitter in class on that team and was tasked with leading an unprepared, low-quality team in an Ashes series. It was a hopeless task.

“Things aren’t going to change by snatching the next batsman from county cricket and attacking him to open the serve. He’s failed too many times now.

“This franchise competition would be a fantastic opportunity to raise the standard of red cricket, make home cricket interesting again for the masses (as they did with The Hundred) and I am confident that commercially, in terms of sponsorship and broadcasting rights, it would also be good news. “

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