Updated: 09/08/2012 09:08 | By pa.press.net

Botham calls for Pietersen row to end



Ian Botham believes dispute between England and Kevin Pietersen, pictured, should be handled in private

Ian Botham believes dispute between England and Kevin Pietersen, pictured, should be handled in private

Former England captain Ian Botham has called on the England and Wales Cricket Board and Kevin Pietersen to settle their differences ahead of the third Investec Test against South Africa at Lord's next week, and claims the stand-off "reflects poorly" on the game.

Pietersen has refused to give any assurances over his Test career beyond the match at Lord's, having talked about "obstacles" that needed to be overcome in order for him to continue after the drawn second match of the series at Headingley earlier this week. But Botham would like to see the matter sorted out ahead of the final clash with the Proteas.

"Those sort of things should be dealt with in private between the people involved, not in the open in the run-up to a huge Test match," Botham wrote in his column in the Daily Mirror.

"It reflects poorly on the team, poorly on the game and poorly on everyone involved. It must be sorted out like grown-ups."

Botham added: "They should not be airing their dirty linen in public."

But Angus Porter, chief executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association, believes Pietersen may not be able to solve his differences with the ECB.

"I can't see any immediate prospect of a rapprochement. He's likely to play next week but it becomes an issue with the next contracts in September," Porter told the Independent.

With Pietersen and many other international players drawn by the riches of the Indian Premier League, Porter believes the status of Test cricket within the game continues to be eroded.

"The primacy of Test cricket is well-intended but the practicalities are that the trend does not support that," he said.

33Comments
08/08/2012 14:17
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The real obstacles are Pieterson himself, he has never forgotten that the captaincy was taken away from him and blames everyone but the real culprit - KP.  If he does not want to play test cricket the solution is simple, no contract, no test cricket and a lot less headaches for the team and the board.

While he can produce some superb cricket, his performances have not, to put it mildly, been consistent and in many cases his arrogance has been his frequent down fall on the pitch!

08/08/2012 12:51
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Well said Ian, But cricket moves on, wheter K P is thier or not cricket moves on. No one person is bigger than the game, no matter who you are.
08/08/2012 13:50
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If he's not going to make himself available for England don't give him a central contract it's that simple.Further to to this I do not understand how any centraly contracted player can play in the IPL. I thought the idea of central contracts was to prevent the playing of too much Cricket. The ECB can "pull" players for domestic games so why not IPL? You can't get paid by one employer then go and work for another then come back when you please ,can you?........................or have I got it all wrong!!

08/08/2012 14:13
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Typical of Pieterson, wants the board to give him a contract that allows him to come and go as he pleases, so that he can play a full IPL season.  If he cannot commit to the test board then he should not be given a contract, simple as that, let him go and play in India.
08/08/2012 11:12
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beefy is right sort it out or bow out without ruining the moral in the dressing room
08/08/2012 15:14
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Too much spam on this site again......!
08/08/2012 13:36
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Practicalities and Erosion my Hat!!!! It is solely money that is the driving force behind all this. Test Cricket is and always will be the purest way of how the game should be played. Whilst T20 and 50 over cricket has a place in the Game, it is not a true test of the sport. You speak to any 'proper cricketer' and he will tell you the same. I am convinced that the only reason that the IPL is so big and obscenely flush with money is because mega bucks can be made by the illegal betting syndicates!!!!
08/08/2012 17:25
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Talented batsmen with huge ego, let him go there are always others.
08/08/2012 13:26
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Didn't Ian Botham

..have problems with Somerset & ECB when he was playing cricket
08/08/2012 13:24
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THIS WILL DAMAGE THE TEAMS PERFORMANCE BAD VIBES IN THE DRESSING ROOM.
08/08/2012 13:12
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Getting just like the football, everything is aired in puplic???
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I think it is that the ECB refuses to acknowledge the IPL.  Yes, it is a different format, but it is hugely enjoyable for both players and spectators and should be allowed in the annual calendar.
The ECB needs to pull the stumps out of their asses before we lose more players overseas as that is where they earn the mega bucks these days.  Our lot must come over as poor relations to the rest of the world.
shame really, we do need to move into the 21st century to keep this amazing sport current and appealing to more people.
08/08/2012 13:38
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Kick him back to SA  shouldnt be playing for england anyway , he's not ENGLISH
08/08/2012 13:53
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With players from all nations playing IPL Cricket we may get another "Packer" situation.
08/08/2012 23:40
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He feels rightly or wrongly that being the best gives him the right to dictate the terms. It's commonly known as selfishness.The same selfishness that brought him to England in the first place. And don't tell me that it wasn't because of the hope he could generate huge earninings for England that they encouraged him to come. There is no such thing as sport any longer, only greed driven commercial interest.
08/08/2012 21:16
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I agree with  John Cooksley it is getting like football, all the great players go where the money is, The Indian Premier League
09/08/2012 08:16
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pietersen is not english and should go back to rsa.tony greg allen lamb, they were rsa... why do we need them, because on are own were rubbish. soon we will have people like this in are football national

 side, mind you we do need them there...

09/08/2012 09:47
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I cannot believe some of the comments saying he should go back to South Africa because he is not English. If that's the threshold then Strauss (born in South Africa), Trott (born in South Africa), Prior (born in South Africa) should all go back to South Africa as well and don't even get me started on the one day side and the 20-20 side so stop your racist remarks. KP is a brilliant player who unfortunately has a huge ego. He's the not the first with such a big ego and he won't be the last!
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I think Kevin will be playing his last Test at Lords. He had a big dispute with South African cricket authorities before he opted to play for England over allowing more racial diversity in South African teams. Which I happen to think he was right about. To be selected you must be a good player and not of a certain racial background. 
However on playing further for England I think he has got it wrong. No player no matter how good has the right to select in what form of cricket he can play for his country. 
 It looks like the he will now only play in India for the massive fees they play. Its sad but I think that is the way Cricket is going. The skill and patience which is required in Test cricket will make way for instant gratification and blunderbuss tactics which you get from one day cricket.
08/08/2012 21:49
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Kevin Pietersen should go back home to South Africa, we do not want trouble makers here.
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