July 17, 2012

English cricket

Pietersen's new demands display stunning arrogance

George Binoy

Who is advising Kevin Pietersen, assuming the tripe pedalled about him coming back to play for England’s one-day team isn’t entirely of his own making? asks Derek Pringle in the Telegraph.

So after fewer than six weeks, he has returned with a new offer which, it appears, has him back to play all three forms of cricket for England if he can play the entire IPL for the Delhi Daredevils, whose contract with Pietersen is worth $2 million (£1.3 million) per tournament. This year Pietersen managed just over half the tournament due to his Test commitments with England, but as he is paid about £160,000 a week, plus other bonuses, his mind would have been plotting how to get it all.

Suddenly, we know, and instead of 50-over cricket he wants to miss, it is Test cricket, specifically that early series that clashes with the IPL. Incredibly, spending more quality time with his family has suddenly fallen off the agenda.

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