Pietersen has Twenty20 vision

Source - papress.net

Kevin Pietersen has welcomed talks over an Allen Stanford-backed Twenty20 competition in the Carribean involving English players.

The England and Wales Cricket Board are looking at different options as the number of centrally-contracted players expressing an interest in participating in the Indian Premier League continues to grow.

Pietersen, who previously called Clarke's decision to block IPL participation "ridiculous", was pleased that the ECB have started to investigate different tournaments, saying: "Twenty20 looks like the way forward. It's a three-hour game with a winner, like football or rugby, and it is what spectators want to see."

ECB chairman Giles Clarke has made it clear that no players on central contracts will be allowed to take part in the IPL.

But the pressure is growing on Clarke to bow to the wishes of England's top stars after captain Michael Vaughan admitted it was "naive" to think players will not be involved "sooner rather than later".

And with ECB central contracts up for renewal at the end of the season, Clarke's position could be compromised by the possibility of some England players opting not sign.

However, a possible English Premier League - with strong links to the IPL - could be the ideal compromise for the ECB and England's stars with Stanford's tournament satisfying the appetite in the interim.

Pietersen added: "This is the way cricket seems to be going. I want to play more of it and get good at it. It requires different shots and a different way of playing.

"When it started it was all a bit slap-dash but it is turning into a game where it is being taken far more seriously.

"A lot of people have played more Twenty20 than me and it has a worldwide following now. Until I hear more about Stanford and his proposals I cannot comment, but it sounds great, very exciting for players and spectators."
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