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Dravid: IPL window a must

LONDON – Rahul Dravid, the former India batsman, has said that creating a window for the Indian Premier League would not only let the world’s best players participate in the lucrative domestic Twenty20 tournament but, importantly, also allow them to play Test cricket, thereby enlivening the longer format.

“The reality is the IPL is an important tournament and people do want to play it,” Dravid said on BBC’s Test Match Special at Lord’s during the third Test between England and South Africa. “And we are probably coming to a stage where maybe a time will come [when] there will need to be give-and-take – whether it is finding a window, or, whether making the tournament a little shorter.”

Dravid was asked by the TMS host Jonathan Agnew whether the IPL, a tournament that lasts for close to two months, had played a big role in Kevin Pietersen falling out with the ECB and losing support from his teammates, which led to him missing the Lord’s Test.

Dravid, who is in London to attend the MCC cricket committee meetings, was not sure if the IPL was the reason for the Pietersen debacle. He said a solution was necessary considering the IPL would continue to clash with the start of the England cricketing summer and Test cricket could not afford losing big names such as Pietersen and Chris Gayle.

Pietersen had stirred a controversy in April when he said England were jealous of the IPL.

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