No, seriously — the IPL is responsible for a chronic bellyache occasioned by laughing so hard at IPL-related stories. Like this one.
That plan included a restriction on Pietersen running at training, but it emerged that the batsman, enthused at the apparent progress of the injury, opted to go for a jog along the boardwalk of Durban, his hometown, of his own accord. He reported pain upon returning to the hotel, and struggled through ensuing series against West Indies and Australia. He has since undergone surgery to alleviate the effects of chronic tendinopathy, and will miss the last three Tests of the Ashes series.
I see. So the argument is that if KP hadn’t played in the IPL, he would not have been in Durban. If he wasn’t in Durban, he wouldn’t have run on the beach. If he hadn’t run on the beach, he wouldn’t have experienced pain.
Butterflies have flapped wings in the Amazon rain forest without such cataclysmic results.
It is of course a minor matter that May 6 thru 18, KP played two Tests against the West Indies; that in June he played four games in the T20 World Cup; and that before finally crocking his Achilles he played two Tests against Australia [oh okay, discount those last two Tests, he was in pain].
But never mind all that:
Player participation in the IPL has been a sensitive topic in England since Andrew Flintoff damaged his knee playing for Chennai Super Kings; an injury that ruled out of the Test and one-day series against West Indies as well as the ICC World Twenty20.
Ah well. Makes the job of doctors considerable easier, at the least. Open wide. Say aaaah! Oh, okay, it’s the IPL — take two aspirin and see me next season.