Kevin Pietersen Says “Incredibly Important” Match Like WTC Final “Should Not Be Played In The UK”


Former England captain Kevin Pietersen commented on the scheduling of the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand in Southampton and said that such “ONE OFF” and “incredibly important” game “should NOT be played in the UK”. After the first day of WTC final was washed out due to rain and bad light affected play on days two and three, no play was possible until the scheduled lunch break on Day 4 as heavy downpour meant the Ageas Bowl pitch and the square remained under covers. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has provisioned a reserve day for the Test on June 23, and the match is expected to stretch into the sixth day at this stage.

Pietersen suggested that Dubai as a suitable host for a one-off match like a WTC final.

“If it was up to me, Dubai would always host a one off match like this WTC game. Neutral venue, fabulous stadium, guaranteed weather, excellent training facilities and a travel hub! Oh, and ICC home is next to the stadium,” said Pietersen in a tweet.

England’s home summer had seen international cricket organised ahead of the WTC final. New Zealand played two Tests against England at Lord’s and Edgbaston and the first of the two Tests saw rain interrupting proceedings.

When a Twitter user pointed out that the weather has been conducive for cricket otherwise, Pietersen said: “The weather isn’t predictable at all. A one off cannot be guaranteed to have the weather this match needs.”

Former India opener Virender Sehwag also posted his reaction to frequent rain interruptions in this Test in his own amusing style.

India were bowled out for 217 in their first innings before New Zealand finished Day 3 on 101 for 2, trailing by 116 runs in the first innings.

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