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KP: World cricket suffering, lacks major stars

Kevin Pietersen (Gallo Images)
Kevin Pietersen (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - England legend Kevin Pietersen says he is concerned about the current state of cricket around the globe, citing a lack of world class stars as one of the game's major challenges. 

Pietersen was in his hometown of Pietermaritzburg on Thursday filming a documentary on his life with Sky Sports. 

When speaking to The Witness newspaper, Pietersen opened up on his worries with modern-day cricket, saying how the standard of cricket has dropped, not just in South Africa but the whole world.

"I think the world of cricket is actually suffering. I’ve done an interview recently, I don’t think the standard is what it used to be and I’m only talking six, seven, eight or nine years ago," he said.

"The standard was magnificent then with guys like (Kumar) Sangakkara, (Brett) Lee, Chris Gayle, (Dwayne) Bravo, Brian Lara and all these other great players.

"I don’t see many of them around anymore. Virat Kohli is probably the only global superstar in cricket right now.

"Ten years ago, there were great Australians that we used to play against, such as (Ricky) Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and all those guys. I mean, the world of cricket is suffering."

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