Former England captain Kevin Pietersen says the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) feeling of jealousy against "Indian Premier League's (IPL) money" has resulted in its refusal to cut its own schedule and permit English cricketers to play in the lucrative tournament. (Read: Praveen Kumar's Gold Chain Stolen From Dressing Room)
Pietersen is of the opinion that England players fear losing a place in the national team if they participate in the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament.
"A lot of people in English cricket like to explain their attitude to the IPL as an ideological problem. It's a problem about India and money. The ECB doesn't really know how to deal with India or money. Whenever the IPL comes up in conversation you can feel the meeting room grow uneasy. When the IPL started, all ECB could see was IPL's money and its own jealousy," Pietersen wrote in his autobiography 'KP'.