Kevin Pietersen: IPL 2017 auction another slap on Test cricket's face

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq will play for Hong Kong Island United while the tournament also features Sri Lankans Kumar Sangakkara (Galaxy Gladiators Lantau), Tilakaratne Dilshan (City Kaitak) and West Indies' Darren Sammy (Hung Hom JD Jaguars).

By the time he was having breakfast he had been bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for £1.4m - the highest for any bowler in IPL history and a staggering 24 times his base auction price.

England headed to Sydney with the 2010-11 Ashes in the bag but a series win was at stake.

Pietersen, who earlier ruled himself out from the IPL 2017, has mentioned that the huge money spent on Mills by RCB is a "SLAP" on the face of Test cricket.

Fellow England worldwide Ben Stokes, who was bought by Rising Pune Supergiants for £1.7m on Monday, is the only foreign player to have drawn a bigger fee.

"A T20 specialist becomes one of the current England team's richest players", said Pietersen.

"I don't blame him at all".

He also went on to add that how he loves that the T20 is growing the game but is anxious that the Tests are falling behind. I'm just saying that Tests are falling way behind atm!

Replying to his followers on Twitter, the 36-year-old former England worldwide warned that the five-day format of the game was falling "way behind" in the cricketing ladder, and urged the global Cricket Council to act quickly.

In 2012, he was dropped for the Lord's Test in a dispute with his employers which reportedly emanated in part from his IPL ambitions.

However, the 36-year-old is not dismissing the longer form of the game, even if he did sacrifice his Test career for the 20-over format.

"I embraced [T20] eight years ago and it's what caused me my P45".

"I coach lots of kids & I'm in touch with the youngsters".

England players Chris Woakes, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Chris Jordan were also bought in the auction, while Jos Buttler and Sam Billings were retained by their franchises.

"I hadn't thought about how much I would go for". It's an amount of money that can change your life.

"So I did have to pinch myself a bit but nothing is kind of real yet, so it's still a case of just enjoying it, enjoy the moment and hopefully more good things will come".

  • Julie Sanders