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Pietersen lambasts at ECB's 'pathetic' decision to pull Stokes from IPL playoffs

ANI  |  Melbourne [Australia] 

Former batsman has lambasted at the and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for calling back all-rounder Ben Stokes from the ongoing Indian League (IPL).

Stokes and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler were both allowed to miss England's three-match ODI series against Ireland but have been recalled by the ECB to join a training camp in

This means Stokes and Buttler will miss the play-off match between Indians and the Rising Supergiant as well as the tournament final.

"I think it's pathetic. An absolute shambles," quoted Pietersen as saying of ECB's decision.

"Stokes should be playing in the semi-final, and the final. The last week of the is a huge occasion."

The duo have been recalled for a training camp in ahead of the ODI series against and the subsequent Champions Trophy.

"What are they going to for? To field a couple of balls?" said Pietersen.

"He should be playing in the Just speak to him, speak to Jos Buttler, they'll talk about how much it has helped their development being out there," he added.

Stokes grabbed eyeballs in the 2017 auction held on February 20 in Bengaluru as he was snapped up for a record sum of Rs 14.5 crores by Rising Supergiant.

The 25-year-old did justice to his selection as he starred with both ball and bat, scoring over 300 runs - including a sensational century - and taking 12 wickets.

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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 14:28 IST