Kevin Pietersen's the fall guy again
We’ve been here before. When Kevin Pietersen lost the England captaincy he was just saying what many in the team were thinking about the coaching set-up. He took the abuse, but things changed and now England are No 1.
This time again he’s saying what other players must be thinking. The IPL is here to stay. It’s a reality that the tournament is a major feature of the cricketing calendar. Really it should be an ICC tournament, no countries should be playing at the same time. New Zealand have accepted that and are letting their big names play; the West Indies are the same; Australia are making allowances for players as well.
However, the ECB are being stubborn. Maybe it’s because it’s KP. He doesn’t always do things the right way, sometimes he does come across as arrogant. But look at his intentions, he’s been very transparent about what he wants and anyone in the same position would want the same.
He’s made no bones that $2 million is a big deal –throw in endorsements and a three year-contract and there is $10 million at stake. I had to quit Test cricket at the top of my game aged 32 because of a knee injury and I’ve had to look after myself and my family since so I’m not going to criticise him for trying to make money while he can.
And just because he’s the only England player in that position now doesn’t mean he’s the only one who will benefit. They’ve pretty much all expressed an interest in getting on board but because of the issues around the availability they’ve struggled to be attractive at the auction.
I don’t really want to knock the ECB, I respect the people who run it and the tremendous results they’ve achieved. On this though, they are holding out against the inevitable. They can refuse KP’s demands and force him out of the team but the issue will come up again and again around the top stars. Eventually they will have to give in, so why not do it now and keep Pietersen on board.
People will say I’m taking this position because I’m Kevin’s mate. What I really want is for England to have their best players in the team. Without Pietersen would we have won the 2005 Ashes? Would we have won the 20/20 World Cup when he was man of the series? Would we still be in the current series against South Africa? No, no and no. And some of the players who are currently in the side would probably not be there as a result.
In the end, all the players, and the fans, will benefit from Kevin taking a stand. In the meantime, he’ll be the fall guy.
i totally agree. we have the ECB who sits there and thinks of the days of the Empire. gents time has moved on and suggest you move atleast to the 19th century. KP should be an integral part of the English game and team. scrap tours during the IPL.
Spot on Goughie.....There needs to be a two division Test match circuit. One series home and away with 5 test matches.....3 match series are not long enough. After all the teams have played each other home and away then 2 go up and 2 go down -that will free up the congestion and add interest to all the series that are played. Also introduce independant groundsmen to ensure that surfaces do not favour either the batsmen or the bowlers.
20/20 and the EPL are here to stay, let KP earn a living, why punish a man for being supremely talented? Furthermore, how can it be acceptable to take a series off as Strauss did in order to spend time with his family, yet the same understanding cannot be afforded to KP.......''JUSTICE FOR KP''
I am in my 76th year and remember the likes of Hutton, Compton Laker etc. but the game is now, 2013 and the selectors, and idiots that run English cricket have to go and admit that if we don't move into the 21st century English cricket is doomed. World's no. 1 my backside. we have just been completely smashed again by India. Bring in some young talented players and give them a fair chance and get rid of boring pokes like Trott
I would be delighted to see KP play in the IPL and return to South African cricket because then we wouldn't have to put up with his poor performances and his bad manners.
I just don't see this rude and bad tempered Afrikaaner being the saviour of English cricket and am fed up with thetrouble and BS that follows him around.
kevin, Please do is all a favour and just go home.
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