July 20, 2012

English cricket

'Pietersen's loyalty for England temporary'

Abhishek Mukherjee

Mike Atherton, writing in his blog, justifies why he thinks Kevin Pietesen will have no qualms to stop aiming to play for England when he doesn't need it, later in his career.

In time, neither party will need the other. Pietersen will have scored 10,000 Test runs, as is his stated aim, and will have more money than he needs. At that point, he will free himself from England’s shackles and do as he pleases. England, too, will move on with a new generation of talented players. But that time is not yet. Pietersen still desires the limelight- as his attempts to finagle a place this week in the World Twenty20 suggest- and no doubt Stuart Broad, England’s Twenty20 captain, would dearly love to have Pietersen to increase his chances of winning. So we have this delicious tension.

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