August 7, 2012

Don't rob us all of KP

Recently I heard Michael Holding say players are children and boards are parents. It was about the disastrous relationship the WICB have with their senior players
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Recently I heard Michael Holding say that the players are the children and boards are the parents. It had nothing to do with Kevin Pietersen or the ECB but was about the disastrous relationship the WICB have with their senior players.

Cricket boards are usually run by older people, those with business or sports administration backgrounds. That, and their role as employer of the players, gives them a position an authority.

So when these very same people then spill the secrets of one of their own players for political or personal reasons, they should take the toughest fall.

KP has often been a bit of an idiot. He's an egotist. He likes money. Thinks of himself and his own interests more than most in a team environment. And does things on instinct. The ego, instinct and even the selfish nature of KP are part of what makes him a great batsman. He's far from the first great selfish batsman, in fact many of the greatest batsmen have obvious selfish tendencies. Just as many of the greatest cricketers have amazingly big egos. And instinctively doing things is how many athletes live.

But when KP walked into the ECB to speak about anything from captaincy issues, his future in the game or taking time off, no matter how stupid he was, no matter how insane and egotistical his claims were, he was within his right to believe that they stayed with his employers.

They haven't. Over and over again, KP's words have been fed to the media and not by the deputy assistant to the travelling secretary, but by people in high positions that should know and act better. Perhaps we should give them the benefit of the doubt, and say that the leaks are accidental. It's just that they happen over and over again, and so it's either unprofessional accidental conduct, or a personal campaign against their own player.

While it's true KP is trying to - in his words - maximise his opportunities, it's not new. Money has always been a factor in cricket. Cricket's laws were founded on gambling. Amateurs were often paid more than professionals. Cricketers used to retire to get real jobs. Kerry Packer and rebel tours came about because of vast sums of money. And the latest instalment is when a player retires from international cricket to play in the IPL. If anything, KP is following in the footsteps of more than a few greats of the past.

Players have missed tours or Tests for resting, rehab, depression, family reasons and even to receive awards. In the past, players would miss Tests just because they didn't want to go to the subcontinent. Rodney Hogg liked being 12th man because he got paid the same and had more time to drink.

Even the rift in the changing room is nothing new. England changing rooms were segregated between amateur and pro, and old and new players. Big game players who cause a rift are not new either. Shane Warne openly didn't rate his coach and had a private feud with Australia's vice-captain, Adam Gilchrist. All players, regardless of their ability, need to be treated differently. The star of Swanny's diary is probably treated differently than Tim Bresnan.

Of recent times I've seen KP's two greatest hundreds. A hundred at P Sara in Colombo that gave England the chance to draw a series from behind and this hundred at Headingley. There is no back-up player, or even current player, that England have who has the ability to change a game so violently or anywhere near as fast. KP is something special.

He's also a professional athlete who only has so many years to make money from his trade. A young dad who wants to see his son. A cricketer who doesn't like ODI cricket that much. And a rash human being who makes his fair share of mistakes.

KP is not unique, he's just acted like a spoilt teenager who has been betrayed by his parents.

Both sides want what is best for themselves. Both sides have made mistakes. Both sides have egos and pride. I mean it's hard to say KP's ego is the only factor when the other side have Giles Clarke. What needs to happen now is a series of meetings with those inside keeping the information to themselves and trying to find a solution, not making scapegoats.

If KP stops playing for England, he robs himself of glory, the ECB rob themselves of a champion player, and the fans are robbed of something special.

KP leaving Test cricket for good is the worst situation for everyone involved, so why would anyone want that?

Jarrod Kimber is 50% of the Two Chucks, and the mind responsible for cricketwithballs.com

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • KP fan on August 21, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Thank you Indian fans for not filling the comments area about SRT.

  • Louis Tevet on August 16, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Everyone else just turns up and plays. Being paid well for something you enjoy, excel at and are adulated for - what more could you want. Why make it so complicated.

  • Laura Angels on August 10, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    KP though he is having a tough time with the situation (a row with ECB )but still you see he didn't take that state of mind in the ground while playing for England against South Africa in their 2nd test match.Can't ECB see how much is he loyal to his game and English Team .O.k he is demanding some relief for he needs it You see the most loyal people are treated as Knights(Honored and Praised)even by the Kings and the Queens . ECB should also treat him as a Royal Knight cause he is the only person who made English Cricket Team the Best. He is My Royal Knight will will remain the same for me Forever .Love You KP

  • peter on August 10, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    How is that you never print my commnets. I can only speak for myself, but I am sure there are many who feel the same. I think you write the commnets and print it too. Shame on you.

  • A.Buckley on August 9, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    It would be a shame if England were to lose KP just when his bowling is beginning to look useful. Strauss' embarassment as he kept getting people out was almost palpable...

  • faiz k on August 9, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    KP has a reason to be arrogant , what is the excuse of the management ?

  • Sai Prasad on August 9, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    I for one is suprised to see comments from English fans asking him to be sacked. Without this guy, you would have lost in SL, and lost the last test in SA. Kp is the guy who can attack the opposition into defensive mode. Really sad. After this fiasco I doubt whether any South African would be willing to play for England!

  • shahid on August 9, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Players like KP,Joanthan Trott and Eoin Morgan has infused new energy into England team. They are the one who brought England to their curent number one status. Players should be treated as individaul with thier needs and aspirations looked after.ECB is being too harsh on KP .

  • R.Srinivasan on August 9, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    One of the find articles explaining a very balanced view. Whoever is commenting bad about KP, let them name atleast 10 players who are not selfish, money-minded and egoistic. The ECB has been acting childish by selectively leaking things only about KP. People with sane heads could have handled these things better, but unfortunately, none of the Cricket boards are headed by such people and that is the shame on the game.

  • Mark Wintour on August 9, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    I think one of the main problems here is the length of the IPL. Why does it have to be two months? Giving all England players an IPL window, and then to add gaps in the international schedule for players to rest? You're suddenly left with significantly less time for international cricket.

    And what about County Cricket? The ECB should have more of an obligation to that than the IPL.

    I'd like a compromise to be found, but this should not involve the ECB caving in to all demands. And they have to be consistent with and fair to all players.

    How about fewer international matches, with more time for rest, and a County Cricket window to support this vital part of English cricket?

    Of course that won't work because all other boards have allowed an IPL window. English players are likely to demand the same.

    The IPL is destroying cricket.

  • KP fan on August 21, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Thank you Indian fans for not filling the comments area about SRT.

  • Louis Tevet on August 16, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Everyone else just turns up and plays. Being paid well for something you enjoy, excel at and are adulated for - what more could you want. Why make it so complicated.

  • Laura Angels on August 10, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    KP though he is having a tough time with the situation (a row with ECB )but still you see he didn't take that state of mind in the ground while playing for England against South Africa in their 2nd test match.Can't ECB see how much is he loyal to his game and English Team .O.k he is demanding some relief for he needs it You see the most loyal people are treated as Knights(Honored and Praised)even by the Kings and the Queens . ECB should also treat him as a Royal Knight cause he is the only person who made English Cricket Team the Best. He is My Royal Knight will will remain the same for me Forever .Love You KP

  • peter on August 10, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    How is that you never print my commnets. I can only speak for myself, but I am sure there are many who feel the same. I think you write the commnets and print it too. Shame on you.

  • A.Buckley on August 9, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    It would be a shame if England were to lose KP just when his bowling is beginning to look useful. Strauss' embarassment as he kept getting people out was almost palpable...

  • faiz k on August 9, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    KP has a reason to be arrogant , what is the excuse of the management ?

  • Sai Prasad on August 9, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    I for one is suprised to see comments from English fans asking him to be sacked. Without this guy, you would have lost in SL, and lost the last test in SA. Kp is the guy who can attack the opposition into defensive mode. Really sad. After this fiasco I doubt whether any South African would be willing to play for England!

  • shahid on August 9, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Players like KP,Joanthan Trott and Eoin Morgan has infused new energy into England team. They are the one who brought England to their curent number one status. Players should be treated as individaul with thier needs and aspirations looked after.ECB is being too harsh on KP .

  • R.Srinivasan on August 9, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    One of the find articles explaining a very balanced view. Whoever is commenting bad about KP, let them name atleast 10 players who are not selfish, money-minded and egoistic. The ECB has been acting childish by selectively leaking things only about KP. People with sane heads could have handled these things better, but unfortunately, none of the Cricket boards are headed by such people and that is the shame on the game.

  • Mark Wintour on August 9, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    I think one of the main problems here is the length of the IPL. Why does it have to be two months? Giving all England players an IPL window, and then to add gaps in the international schedule for players to rest? You're suddenly left with significantly less time for international cricket.

    And what about County Cricket? The ECB should have more of an obligation to that than the IPL.

    I'd like a compromise to be found, but this should not involve the ECB caving in to all demands. And they have to be consistent with and fair to all players.

    How about fewer international matches, with more time for rest, and a County Cricket window to support this vital part of English cricket?

    Of course that won't work because all other boards have allowed an IPL window. English players are likely to demand the same.

    The IPL is destroying cricket.

  • AnandK on August 9, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Better read than anything Dobell has managed on this subject. Very few players in World Cricket out there for whom you do not think twice before loosening your wallet. KP is certainly one of them- transcends race, country and other such trivial issues. When he's out there on the wicket with the cricket bat, its unadulterated cricketing fun! So why rob us of that? Work it out old men!

  • Ben Pickles on August 9, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    No individual is greater than the side, and a side comprising of individuals who play for themselves is no side at all.

  • peter on August 9, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Kp needs three more "P"s added to his name.Pampred, paraised and paid.Though it may not be policy of any Cricket boards,but can ECB make an exception?

  • Sajeesh on August 9, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Do Pietersen qualify to playing for South Africa? In that way, atleast we fans wont miss him that way and he can meet all his priority commitments... :)

  • JaiHindJaiHind on August 9, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    I am disgusted at way Mr Kimber uses this article to attack Sachin Tendulkar for "selfishness", when he pretends the article is about a so-so English player. Is it because he is too afraid to attack a true legend of the game - and Indian pride - head-on? Instead he does it only subtly but I am glad "SRT Genius" noted his inappropriate dig,

  • ElBeeDubya on August 9, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    Someone gave me an advice to me once: Work hard for your company but never assume that your employer/manager has your best interests in their mind. ECB (the employer) only wants KP as long as he is good. He will be dropped if he doesn't perform. OTOH, KP, the employee must put up with all their mistakes? As long as ECB does not punish Swann for writing stuff that undermined team spirit, as long as ECB does not discipline Anderson for saying things that undermined team spirit, as long as ECB does not launch an inquiry and punish those who leaked sensitive details, English cricket management does not have the moral right to criticize or take actions against KP but they will.

  • JackieL on August 8, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    What a mish-mash of historical nonsense. Can't be bothered to deal with all the made up stuff about the laws of cricket based on gambling! Cricket was the favourite past-time of Oliver Cromwell - can't see money being the driving force there. All to justify the lure of the IPL!! But why justify KP's preference for the IPL over Tests? Fans can't bear that their hero actually prefers playing for the Delhi Daredevils rather than for England - but he does! As for leaks, KP has been letting the media know how he feels about this from day one. And he dropped hints about loving the IPL before the so-called leak. He loved the fans, the adulation, everyone shouting his name etc. Cricket stars are treated like rock stars in India. That's why it isn't about money (so you don't have to justify it after all). The very thing you like about KP is the reason he is going to leave England. He wants a bigger stage and star billing. Unless the ECB and Flower give him a full 2 months IPL window HE WILL GO.

  • rabs on August 8, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    KP quite honestly is not all that great. he is no richards, no tendulkar, no gary sobers, or more recently no kallis. there have been a whole breed of better, more talented, n more consistent players than this guy. stop putting him on a pedestal just because the rest of the english team is pedestrian.

    if an exception is made for KP, it would destroy the entire England team. let him go and sell boiled peanuts.

  • v8 on August 8, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    @ SRT_GENIUS - 1 ) The cricket world doesn't revolve around Sachin !!

    2) if the hat fits ..... :P

  • Karl on August 8, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Actually, they are all idiots, self-indulgent nonentities, puffed-up by a sense of power which none really possesses. But the biggest morons are those cowards who set up the fake Twitter site and behaved like schoolboy bullies. If you have something to say, then have the cojones to say it, not hide behind a fake site like a cross-dressing wimp. As one of the contributors observed, we English are essentially hypocrites, all smiles as we drive the dagger into the backs of our antagonists.

  • Andy on August 8, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    If KP didn't have the egotistical side of his nature, he wouldn't be half the player he is. It is ludicrous that anyone should say England are better off without him, because quite blatantly to anyone that ever watches test cricket, they are not. It would be a massive loss, and could quite easily be the catalyst of a dramatic fall in England's ranking. I don't for one minute think that KP should be treated differently from the other players, but the ECB should stop cramming the international fixtures list with non-event fixtures, and should free up some time to allow their cricketers the option to play a full IPL. If they deem this unacceptable, then they should pay them more and make more of an effort to get the punters in in the UK. A cricketer only has a limited time to shine, so why on earth wouldn't they take the opportunity to play in front of, and earn, millions? Footballers get paid ridiculous money for doing very little, but everyone seems ok with that.

  • Bala on August 8, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Do you really enjoy knocking down opposing teams using borrowed muscle?

  • Benningtoncrick on August 8, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    I've been an unabashed KP basher since I started following England after the 2005 Ashes. KP always rubbed me the wrong way, and I have been calling for him to be dropped for years. But something about this whole situation doesn't *feel* right. KP may be an asshat - most top-level athletes are - but I cant help but feel like he's been treated very, very poorly. You have a player who can make runs like he can (when he's up for it), you make sure you get him on the field.

    Whatever happens, KP will land on his feet. Inside the ECB, however, heads may roll.

  • Anonymous on August 8, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Simple Question to my fellow cricket lovers from England: Do you really enjoy knocking out international opposition using borrowed / hired muscle?

  • Clyde on August 8, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Test cricket is glorious. No other form is. It would be fascinating if KP put glory aside.

  • nlight on August 8, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Most top sportsmen are prima donnas, but it's up to management to (yes) manage their star players.

    It will be too pathetic if the cricketing public are denied the entertainment of watching KP play for England.

    I'm afraid clown cricket (IPL, BBL etc.) just isn't on the same level as real international matches.

  • sagir parkar on August 8, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @ SRT-Genius...

    there is nowehre in this article that Jarrod mentioned Tendulkar.. he merely said other players.. people could take that to be Chris Gayle as well.. i am an indian and i will admit that i HAD a lot of respect for Tendulkar as a player.. now so much now.. after what we have witnessed over the last couple of years.. anyway, i do not wish to stoop lower and get into a debate over Tendulkar.. so please let us not.. let us appreciate the point that Jarrod is making about KP and the ECB.. and of players and administrators in general..

  • deva on August 8, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Excellent article. I think the boards must make some kind of window for great players like KP and other English players.

  • Jon on August 8, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Couldn't agree more with this article - exactly what I've been thinking ever since I read the original news story. England has a number of stars, I believe, but KP is a superstar.

  • nlight on August 8, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Most top sportsmen are prima donnas, but it's up to management to (yes) manage their star players.

    It will be too pathetic if the cricketing public are denied the entertainment of watching KP play for England.

    I'm afraid clown cricket (IPL, BBL etc.) just isn't on the same level as real international matches.

  • nlight on August 8, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Most top sportsmen are prima donnas, but it's up to management to (yes) manage their star players.

    It will be too pathetic if the cricketing public are denied the entertainment of watching KP play for England.

    I'm afraid clown cricket (IPL, BBL etc.) just isn't on the same level as real international matches.

  • Jeff on August 8, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Nobody is above the game, no. That should include the ECB and its administrators. Milking the players for every last penny. Squeezing in daft ODI-only series to fill in any breaks the players get. Signing stupid television contracts that guarantee the players are worked harder than a West Indian plantation slave - then blaming the TV company despite it being them that signed up with them. At the end of the day, the players could live without the ECB (IPL). The ECB cant exist without players.

  • Juvvadi on August 8, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    cannot agree more..cricket will be at greater loss without KP.

  • Anurag on August 8, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Love how you are refreshingly unafraid of speaking your mind and not giving a **** about political correctness. Btw aren't you an Aussie? The article reveals an inordinate amount of admiration, affection even, for an Englishman, even if its only a Saffer Englishman.

    PS. Have you written your own wikipedia page? It feels more like an uncyclopedia page :P

  • Zungazung on August 8, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    There would be a point in having an IPL window if it was open to all the best players in the world and if it fitted with the ICC schedule.

    The World Cup winning team (England) isn't fully represented even when players are in the auction or don't play games when selected (Morgan). Players from Pakistan are not picked at all.

    Even if anomalies were ironed out, it would still be the case the financial rewards, even amongst those selected, will create a schism in international teams as there is a maximum number of non-Indian players allowed.

    It's commerce over cricket, poorly scheduled, poor perfomances rewarded in front of emptying stadiums.

    There is no comparison with Packer. World Series was for the common good of all cricketers, with the elite rewarded and the benefits trickling down. This isn't the case with IPL. It's not the case with Kay Pee..

  • Bob on August 8, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Giles Clarke has a massive ego. Let him try and make 150 in half an hour in a must win Test match.

  • Bob on August 8, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I'd rather have someone with a massive ego who can back it up, rather than some cocky arse who can't make 15 after giving it the I am.

  • Bob on August 8, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I'd rather have someone with a massive ego who can back it up, rather than some cocky arse who can't make 15 after giving it the I am.

  • Darren on August 8, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    I don't view KP as a "great" player. Very good, yes. Great, no. He played some great innings in 2005/6 when he broke on to the scene and has played 2 great innings this year (Colombo and Headingley). In between he was a mixed bag. Check out the international batting ratings over the period, KP was rarely in the top 10. His Test average of 49 is no more than ghood in the run-soaked era we live in. His ODI form was poor/dire during the period 2007-2011. KP will be missed but not as muich he thinks.

  • Datinder on August 8, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Really good balanced article.

  • Johnnyboy on August 8, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    To SRT_GENIUS

    The article uses the word BOTH which could be a reference to Ian BOTHam as well as the word AND which is the start of Jimmy ANDerson.

    On the above article.

    For me, KP is not a team player. Eating away from the team etc. According to journos the others are fed up with him. Better off without him.

  • MNM on August 8, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    I totally agree with Jarrod. Lets resolve this stand off and keep a brilliant test cricketer for glory of the game itself.

  • John Collins on August 8, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    I'm with Tony Greig on Indian Cricket, the BCCI and the IPL

  • Ed on August 8, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    England play far too much cricket anyway. We could easily reduce the number of tests and ODIs without really affecting the schedule that much. There should be one 5 test and one 3 test series in the UK Summer with associated 3 x ODI and one T20. Then one pre Christmas and one post Christmas Test series and that's it, none of these meaningless ODI series. It's getting to be like football where the justification for the money is playing the matches, and the justification for playing the matches is the money.

  • Chintan Shah on August 8, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Everyone has right to make money in its professional career. Y change for crickets. Very few players would have career spanning 22 years in this game. he has served its country

  • zahoor ahmad khan on August 8, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    kp dont leave test.cricket.chris gayle played many memorable innings in indian league but nobody cared till he played inning of 150 against newzealand which is talked about.

  • zahoor ahmad khan on August 8, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    kp dont leave test.cricket.chris gayle played many memorable innings in indian league but nobody cared till he played inning of 150 against newzealand which is talked about.

  • Jonathan on August 8, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Depressing. If as KP has claimed he isn't interested in the money, why is he so keen to play in the IPL instead of touring NZ with England? Of course a big part of it is about money. Having said that, he has always had the potential to be a great of the game, but a flawed one, but this time I fear his career is about to end as the England set up will not bend for him. Possibly at least six years of fabulous entertainment and achievements for England will be lost for ever, and he will not realise that potential. England seem to attract this; Hick, Ramps, Tresco and now apparently KP - any of them should have easily passed 10,000 test runs. Was it all down to their flawed temperaments or illnesses? Do the England set up need to look at themselves at all? If Dave Brailsford had been involved would all these talents have gone to waste? Look how British cycling is so professional and makes the most of its available talent. They have a few massive egos to manage but succeed.

  • Rick on August 8, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @ SRT_GENIUS. I know you will find this AMAZINGLY DIFFICULT to comprehend, but oddly enough, this article which has nothing to do with Tendulkar, has nothing to do with Tendulkar. Get off your high horse, take off you Tendulkar glasses and go see the world through clear, un-Tendulkar vision. Tendulkar was awesome in his prime. However, there is a lot more to life than a rapidly declining Indian batsman

  • steve on August 8, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @SRT_GENIUS. "tendancies" was used because it was the appropriate word. You complete and utter moron.

  • James G on August 8, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Maybe hes finally realised SA are the better team and wants to qualify for his real country now. He wants to go home. Just look at some of his tweets, praising his rugby team, Sharks. Praising the SA swimmers, tweeting Boucher and Dale Steyn continuously. He is South African and he is just employed in England, like the rest of the foreigners in Britain. Looking for a better life and money. Let him go - I say.

  • JS on August 8, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    ECB and the English fans' loss is IPL and the Indian fans' gain. Come over KP, we welcome you with open arms at your own terms too.

  • bingo_sk on August 8, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    This happens only in England. Everyone from boycott to others beat down a player like KP. Amazing talent. Who doesn't want to have security and who doesn't want to earn money. What can cricketers do after they retire ( where will money come from). even though from india, i love KP ( he plays like india's sehwag maybe much better) but that's his style of play ( maverick). But people beat him down ... If its just get some player and replace KP please do so. Let us see how far england team goes in tests

  • steveb on August 8, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Well said Jim - that's the truth.

    When you sign a contract, as KP has, you agree to terms and conditions - later if you want them changed you go back and ask, if the answer is NO you have 2 choices - accept or leave.

    KP is mistaken if he believes he is above all the others in the team and if he carries on in his current vein, then perhaps the remainder of the team will renegotiate their positions based around KP plays - we go.

  • mumble on August 8, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    100% agree. It reminds me of the spat surrounding the regrettable leaving out of David Gower from the Ashes tour many moon ago - equally as petty.

  • Jingels on August 8, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Kevin Pieterson courts headlines and controversy wherever he goes. It's part of the image. People need to recognise that he is not the brightest spark in the fire....and sees things from his own perspective only. He's blinded by his own brilliance - and as result arrogance. He feels he is bigger than the team. He might be proven right if he gets his way. I would drop him and move on. Let him have his (no doubt) glorious swansong at Lords and then be done with it.

  • Prasad on August 8, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    True mate..Well said. I truly believe that this whole thing is all about ego. ECB is not happy that KP plays in the IPL and then asks for rest when it comes to honoring his England comitments and in turn the England team views him as not being 100% comitted to the team's cause. At the end of the day, we the fans will be robbed of watching the only player who can be called the Viv Richards of our time. Sobers, Richards, Warne, Gavaskar, Boycott, Botham all these great players had massive egos and none of them qualified as the 'team player of the year'. But they were Geniuses in their own right and it is a failure of management - ECB and the Team - that they struggle to work things out with KP. It is sad situation all around.

  • ajig on August 8, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Sorry guys..I pay my money only to watch one player in England team..that is KP..Possibly, this is the reason why he is the only one English Cricket who got a good contract from IPL..Who wants to see the sorry, wooden face of Strauss, Trott, Cook etc..They are good players but not very pleasant to watch on a cricket ground..hard to digest but facts

  • ajig on August 8, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Sorry guys..I pay my money only to watch one player in England team..that is KP..Possibly, this is the reason why he is the only one English Cricket who got a good contract from IPL..Who wants to see the sorry, wooden face of Strauss, Trott, Cook etc..They are good players but not very pleasant to watch on a cricket ground..hard to digest but facts

  • Anonymous on August 8, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Sorry guys..I pay my money only to watch one player in England team..that is KP..Possibly, this is the reason why he is the only one English Cricket who got a good contract from IPL..Who wants to see the sorry, wooden face of Strauss, Trott, Cook etc..They are good players but not very pleasant to watch on a cricket ground..hard to digest but facts

  • John James on August 8, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    The ECB BEGAN THIS indecent treatment of Kevin Pietersen when THEY INVITED HIM to be captain then within a year sacked him because he could not agree with the (I'm sorry to say but its true) second rate coach Peter Moores, WHO HAD NEVER PLAYED A TEST MATCH !! How/why in Heaven's name did the ECB give equal treatment to the mediocre at best Moores? The sacking of Pietersen was just DISGUSTING. Do these guys not have any morals or for that matter any MANNERS? Are they just so envious of unique talent that they want to kick him out?

  • Benn Kempster on August 8, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    As a batter, KP doesn't need a rest. As a bowler, arguably, Anderson does given the physical toll on the body of bowling fast - whether Anderson liked that or not. All Pietersen does is bat and field with a bit of bowling when required on the odd (very!) occasion. When not playing for England during the English summer, he is invariably resting - not playing for "his" (ahem!) County; he flies here there and everywhere and his family live in the lapf luxury. When England drop him for the Lords' test, his place will be filled by someone that England know they can rely on to try to take that opportunity with both hands as Ian Bell did on the ODIs. The nature of team selection determines that, if the new incumbent is unsuccessful, someone else will be tried until they get it right. This has been the case for time immemorial and will continue to be. Pietersen will not be missed by the team - whichis the most important thing of all.

  • Raj on August 8, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Chan: But Usain Bolt is not playing a team sport. In a team sport you have to put your team above everything else. I am not saying KP is wrong here totally but wanting to have a separate rule fo himself is a bit too much and that too for playing IPL which is pretty much a circus?

  • Peter on August 8, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Very well written and particularly objective. No one wants KP to leave the game and I believe all this situation is one best sorted out soon between the two parties before England loses one of its greatest test batsmen.Egotistical batsmen are nothing new, no one can deny the selfishness of Boycott or the self-centredness of Lara. Greats of the game. KP is no different

  • Simon on August 8, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    KP has made rather more than his share of mistakes, in my opinion. Yes, it's a shame that KP's attitude has got in the way of him making as much of his talent as he might have, and it will be a further shame if that same attitude ends up robbing us of his presence in international cricket rather earlier than would otherwise be necessary. It's no-one's fault but KP's own, though. It's the way he dishes out his ultimatums (not, apparently, understanding the difference between an ultimatum and a /fait accompli/) that causes most of the problems. He's worth bending the rules for, but he can't be allowed to dictate them.

  • Louella Cerejo on August 8, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Lets look at the facts...if KP had not stepped up to the plate the Test series would have been done & dusted already & SA would be sitting at No:1. If you get rid of KP it will be a case of England cutting their nose off to spite their face.

  • Rashmin Dattani on August 8, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    ECB has a political agenda against domination of India of world cricket and KP is being made a sacrificial goat!BCCI is also mean by not allowing indian players in county cricket. Politics of the highest order and so mean where players are sacrificed regularly.

  • Rashmin Dattani on August 8, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    ECB has a political agenda against domination of India of world cricket and KP is being made a sacrificial goat!BCCI is also mean by not allowing indian players in county cricket. Politics of the highest order and so mean where players are sacrificed regularly.

  • Sid on August 8, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    "He's also a professional athlete who only has so many years to make money from his trade. A young dad who wants to see his son. A cricketer who doesn't like ODI cricket that much. And a rash human being who makes his fair share of mistakes."

    Seems a bit rich to call him a "spoilt teenager" after the above para.

  • Vik on August 8, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Good article.... That's exactly what I think too. KP is KP and you cannot find another KP in any other country. I loved watching him all these years because he is special and now when you look at him facing the press conferences you see a look of a man who is dejected and mistreated.....that's not what KP deserves. I will always love KP even when he is playing against my home country because KP is KP.

  • rajpan on August 8, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Peitersen is a born mercenary of cricket. He likes to market his wares at the most profitable rates. A born south African, he thought England was the most prifitable place to play. Don't expect him to be a patriot - he is only a cricket player. If being a patriot is the basic requirement for representing England as per ECB, it is best to drop him. Otherwise, enjoy his skills and eccenticities alike !!

  • Rahul on August 8, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    KP is special, a great bastman. No matter what is cooking behind ECB must resolve the issue with him and move on. Fans around the world want him to play and retire in the league of Steve Waugh, Sachin or Wasim Akram and not just as kind of great like Graham Thorpe..

  • suresh on August 8, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    A very well written article. I even feel other boards like ours BCCI too should intervene as its a bigger loss to Game than to KP or ECB. We all cricket lovers want to see more of KP,Gayle,Malinga or many like them.

  • rohit on August 8, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Its pleasure watching KP batting. I am an Indian and typically do not pause on outsiders but he is one of the exception. Guys in the ECB should not forget that players like him are the reasons for England's current dominance otherwise it was a sinking ship few years back.

  • Manish on August 8, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    A bit like Galye and WICB.

    same problem different dimension

  • Anil on August 8, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Its pity if KP even retires from Test Cricket. He is one of rare brilliant cricketer that England had ever gotten. Cricketers have less time to make money. They have seek every opportunity (like IPL) thrown at them. We should not find faults at players instead we have find a way which makes them happy and play for the honor of their representative Country. I feel, ECB has to deal carefully with KP. If he retries, the biggest loser will be the Game of Cricket, then comes ECB and last but not least KP. Kevin Pietersen is an X-factor to English Team. I hope, things might work well between ECB and KP and we can see him playing in all formats of Cricket for the next couple of years.

  • ss1 on August 8, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Good article. Esp the last three lines

  • Ash on August 8, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    I feel this is the best piece I have read that you have written Jarrod. A nice insightful piece which offers up the way you look at the situation. Please more of this cause it's gold.

  • Fazz on August 8, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Yooo! I LOVE THE 2 CHUCKS!! the best thing that ever happen to cricinfo since its origination.. thanks for revitalizing cricinfo video section which sucked before u guys came along.. btw u guys need to upload day 5 video.. lazy bums..oh wait, i hope u guys didnt drown in the pouring rain at headingly on day 5!

  • GG on August 8, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    perhaps one of the most balanced articles on this issue over the last few days. KP is a flawed genius, and nothing wrong in that, nobody's perfect, everyone has a right to live life on his/her own terms, and KP is doing the same, well within the ambit of his own personal glory under the Cricket umbrella. He's a special player with special skills, IPL offers him suitable remuneration commensurate with his skills and he's choosing what works best for him and his life. Good luck to him. It's ECB and England's loss if they lose him more than the other way around here...

  • kaushik on August 8, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    absolutely, jarrod, well said. i am an indian who has spent the last 30 years wishing the worst for the england cricket team, but even i don't want them to lose KP. he enriches the game for everyone. ironically, i think KP is too indian for england! in india, individual star power gets privileged over team interest, often to the detriment of the team. but in england, you seem to go to the opposite extent, cutting off your nose to spite your face. i don't agree with all that KP has said and done, but i think, as much as anything else, it is because *KP* has said it and done it that counts against him. so there is some justification for his sense of injury. someone like stuart broad is far more spoilt, and far less likeable - but he doesn't seem to offend the english sensibility like KP does. had KP been indian, he would have been celebrated as a king, if not a god. i think that's why he likes the IPL so much. it is the stage, not the money, that entices him. and he is a great performer.

  • aakif on August 8, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    Giving up to K.P would set a negative trend,would further strengthen the likes of leagues like I.P.L. England might not have the replacement right now and E.C.B might well give up to the spoiled kid's demands, but its the game of cricket that suffers at the end of the day. Even if K.P wins, would K.P be remembered as one of the eloquent batsman of his times, or one who put himself ahead of the game we all know it as - gentlemen's game !

  • Raja Shehzad on August 8, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    English board has shown time and again that they have a bias towards KP. When Broad criticizes and official, nothing happens, but when KP does that (about Nick Knight) he is fined. KP is the best player in recent English history, no one even comes close to him. KP is the best all around player and has proven his worth time and again. I hope English bosses keep their egos aside and resolve this issue. I also hope KP takes a step back and reassesses the whole situation. This will be a very very big loss for the world of cricket.

  • Naveen on August 8, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Atlast...Sensisble article on KP. No matter what ECB and its goons(English born english players...like strauss,swann...Swann sure is carrying the ambition of captaining English side) are ensuring KP is kicked out.

    KP the player might miss out on test cricket, KP the money maker will ensure his kid has enough financial security by playing in T20.

  • coachie ballgames on August 8, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    Amen. Sports are entertainment, a hobby. We love it when our rock and movie stars say and do outlandish things, but react like prudish Maggie Smiths anytime any athlete says anything remotely untoward. If anything, there aren't enough KP's and Chris Gayle's in the game.

  • Rasmus, Denmark on August 8, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Take my words that they will not think about the fans all over the world, English cricket or about the mistakes by the management. They will want KP's head and will let the only superstar of English cricket go. That is the english way just as west indian board acted in an english way in Gayles case. KP did not do anything wrong. Cricket is his profession and he would like to balance it in a way where he serves his country and at the same time maximize his returns. They are some player who are jealous only because they havent got that stardom and value which KP has in regard to his demand in IPL and other T20 league.

  • Cricket Fan of San Diego on August 7, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Excellent article Jarrod! I think you have nailed the real issue here like no one else has. The fault is not with KP or the board but both. It is time to let go off the giant egos, forget the past and forge a manageable and implementable solution here. Bottom line is KP is too good a player not to be playing international Test cricket. Test cricket needs entertainers like him. No one can deny that, especially when he is playing in this Both parties please compromise a little and let cricket fans around the world have fun

  • heath on August 7, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Thank you... yes, pietersen is a problem but somehow the australian team managed to keep warne playing and in his early 40s he has somehow emerged as a statesman for the game. These egotistical sportsmen do grow up, something england should remember.

  • BokFan on August 7, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    (continued from previous)Here, too, it seems the ECB just could not stomach KP’s bold and forthright tactics.

    It is time for the ECB to come to terms with KP, in spite of themselves. Test cricket will be that much poorer without him.

  • BokFan on August 7, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    We South Africans have always had a love-hate relationship with KP. At the end of the day, you have to acknowledge (as the Centurion crowd did in the last ODI of KP's first tour) that this guy is GREAT.

    England has treated KP well. Notably he blossomed as a batsman, unlike what he did at home. One has to wonder, how many KPs are languishing in the provinces, unnoticed and unappreciated? For example, one of SA's foremost cricket writers recently described Jonathan Trott as "nothing special", after admitting he had seen the young lad play as a schoolboy.

    But, as a South African outsider, looking in, I always had the sense that the ECB was somehow uncomfortable with KP. It was as if they had to acknowledge greatness against their stiff upper lip formal judgment ("you can't play LIKE THAT").

    I always thought that KP would make a great captain: demanding, challenging, thinking. The sort not seen in international cricket since the retirement of Steve Waugh.

  • ali bajan on August 7, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    "Recently I heard Michael Holding say that the players are the children and boards are the parents."

    ha ha, if you ask me the Board Members are the biggest Children of the lot ...

  • stephen on August 7, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Most sensible comment on the subject I have seen. Coming from a saffer who hates KP with a passion only a countrymen betrayed could understand these are words of high praise.

    KP is a very special player. What he did at Headingly on Saturday was so inconceivably against the grain of play that one can only marvel. The same temperament which produces such outstanding results is the same temperament which the "authority" cannot tolerate.

    Genius is very rarely recognized in its own time, those in authority are there because they have eschewed any pretense to genius and look to eliminate the "outliers" which mess with their middle management models.

    KP cannot be managed-this is his strength. If he could be managed he wouldn't turn a test match quite the way he does so often. England need to stop hailing the grey and start appreciating the blinding if they are to continue to succed

  • cricket_india on August 7, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    mgmt's fault - strauss need not play T20 but kp has to?? malinga left tests for T20s and is treated like royalty by his board, kp does the oppsoite and becomes a villian?? kp's fault - exhausted but not to the point that he can't skip T20 leagues? and skipping tests for IPL is a no-no!! way out - let kp play tests alone, as he requests; he's up there with the very best england have ever had. but no ipl in place of tests; you skip tests only if you're out of form or fitness, and you spend the time off to try recover your place by playing county cricket.

  • Don on August 7, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    "KP has often been a bit of an idiot." - Haha that made me laugh,not often you see that in a sports article

  • alex on August 7, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    KP is great batsman. You rarely see a batsman bully steyn unless his name is sehwag in flat pitches. England wants KP lose money to play for England. It is just that simple. KP decided to play IPL full time next year onwards. So what ECB do? schedule a test match against lowly NZ during that time so no England top tier players play in IPL. ECB is behaving like jealous (of IPL) child not KP. if there is any STAR player in england who command 1-2 mil in IPL , he will choose IPL for sure. you get 1 mil for 45 days of throwing bat around , no player will say no to that. i feel ECB try to rob Kevin pieterson of 1-2 mil money. It is just that simple. My feeling is ECB and KP cut ties of each other so KP will be 100% freelancer. But one of world's greatest batsman not allowed to play TEST cricket is a shame. Shame on all boards involved.

  • muhammad ali on August 7, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    KP at the present is the power booster for the England team . he can be considered as a game turner and the backbone of england's batting middle order . England can't afford to loose him.

  • Baddar on August 7, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    KP is a special beauty and pride of today's modern and aggressive cricket. He is one of the best in the business today. Some small mistakes have to be ignored and should be ashamed to humiliate one of the greatest batsmen in the game of cricket. England cricket team without KP will perform like a club cricket. England will suffer badly at least for a couple of serices or more as Srilankans without Murali and Vaas. England might open the immigration for crickers hahaha its fact not a joke, how many UK born players in their side?

  • Devan Shah on August 7, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    I think that at the end of the day, any sports person should be proud to represent their country and should take as many chances as they can to do so. Take for example the Sri Lankan players who played for some time without any pay. They did not let that get in the way of competing for their country and enjoying their cricket. I agree that both KP and the ECB have made mistakes but it is really KP's ego and arrogance that is making the situation worse. However great or important a player is, no one person is bigger than a team and once that person starts becoming detrimental to the side, action needs to be taken. Politics should be left to politicians and sports should retain the pride, commitment and passion that it was created to represent.

  • Smith on August 7, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Kevin Pietersen is the best cricketer england has, and is technically the most honest - in a country that is famed for hypocrisy, it is no coincidence that the hypocrite Strauss made a better captain than him. England's media, management, selectors, coach and captain are middling-and- average petty minded people who cant stand his success. England's players are jealous of his stature, his talents, his talents - but they are also devilishly jealous of his money. The IPL is a successful, global, more inclusive league - which the English can never appreciate - fundamentally bcoz they do not partake in its profits. Kevin has had a so-so IPL career so far - partly because of the jealous backlash spewed against him being there both by the ECB management and by his fellow players. Broad knows he can never be as prized to IPL people as he is by his home team. With Kevin - he will be a star in any team in the world. ECB can get lost now - and allow Kevin to ply his genius worldwide.

  • ScandieAndy on August 7, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Spot on, Jarrod.

  • Lee Partis on August 7, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    There may be no 'I' in team, but there is ego in scapegoating.

  • Matt on August 7, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    The ECB are a disgrace. Leaking private conversations to the media. No wonder he's fed up. If my employer was doing that to me id resign.

  • Jerald on August 7, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Good Observation and nice blog, very well naratted and realiastic !!

  • Indraneel Mukherjee on August 7, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    A wonderfully balanced article that covers all the bases. KP is indeed special and the world of cricket would be better served with him around.

  • Richard Day on August 7, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Totally disagree.

    He wants to play IPL instead of Test cricket next March. The exit door for KP, he should never play for England again.

    After Notts and Hampshire we need to learn, this guy is trouble, a destroyer of team spirit.

    Thank-you, but goodbye KP.

  • Amaresh on August 7, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    For the good of the game, we sincerely hope KP and the English cricket board are able to act professionally and sort out their differences. Us, spectators will the biggest losers and this for no fault of ours!

  • KevinPieterson on August 7, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    KP is a very good player and a lot of England's successes can be attributed (to a certain extent) to his presence but I don't see how that gives him the right to do anything that any other england player can not do! If English players are not by contract allowed to play full IPL seasons due to its clash with english International duties then the same should apply to Pietersen! Kallis is way better than KP and has an almost non existent ego! So saying that great players have egos is a gross over generalisation

  • spencer rossiter on August 7, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Absolutely spot on. I cant find anything in that article that I disagree with, and I normally find something. In summary, everyone loses if KP walks away - fans, ECB, and KP himself. Pointless.

  • Vaibhav on August 7, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Well said & the only solution is to provide a IPL window for all english cricketers as other cricket boards have done.ECB has to realise that IPL is here to stay.Now it's KP then it will be Broad or Morgan.KP wants to cash-in on most of the talent he has .Earning 2 million dollars for couple of months is hell of a lot money.Isn't it ?

  • Chan on August 7, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Usian bolt has a massive ego.

  • Shaf on August 7, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    KP is an arrogant selfish cricketer albeit a great batsmen. England are better without him.

  • Siddharth Sharma on August 7, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Very well written Jarrod. The article paints an honest picture of the situation.

  • Jim on August 7, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Ohh please. KP is the cancer that is going to ruin this England team. No one is above the game. Can someone please put this nonsense behind and get on with it. Drop KP and get someone else for our middle order. If Ponting can be dropped so can KP.

  • SRT_GENIUS on August 7, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Why did you say "tendencies"... was it a hit that Sachin "Tend"ulkar is a selfish player too ? That's highly inappropriate.

  • tinypony on August 7, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Flower recently rested Jimmy Anderson for a whole test. Why can't KP have a rest? Probably because he didn't ask nicely to begin with. If he had, ECB could look the other way while KP went and played IPL. The Indians do it all the time. e.g. Gambhir was "unfit" in the Aus-Ind tests but came roaring back weeks later in IPL. KP should be made to play the 3 Eng-NZ tests in NZ. Then let KP play the IPL in Apr-May and let him miss the 2 Eng-NZ tests in Eng on 16/5 and 24/5. IPL is 3/4 to 26/5. Then decide if you want him to play the Eng-NZ ODIs. Eng have a nice break before the NZ tests and if he misses the ODIs, he has a good long break until the first Ashes test on 10th July. Hopefully this can work for KP and ECB.

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  • tinypony on August 7, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Flower recently rested Jimmy Anderson for a whole test. Why can't KP have a rest? Probably because he didn't ask nicely to begin with. If he had, ECB could look the other way while KP went and played IPL. The Indians do it all the time. e.g. Gambhir was "unfit" in the Aus-Ind tests but came roaring back weeks later in IPL. KP should be made to play the 3 Eng-NZ tests in NZ. Then let KP play the IPL in Apr-May and let him miss the 2 Eng-NZ tests in Eng on 16/5 and 24/5. IPL is 3/4 to 26/5. Then decide if you want him to play the Eng-NZ ODIs. Eng have a nice break before the NZ tests and if he misses the ODIs, he has a good long break until the first Ashes test on 10th July. Hopefully this can work for KP and ECB.

  • SRT_GENIUS on August 7, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Why did you say "tendencies"... was it a hit that Sachin "Tend"ulkar is a selfish player too ? That's highly inappropriate.

  • Jim on August 7, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Ohh please. KP is the cancer that is going to ruin this England team. No one is above the game. Can someone please put this nonsense behind and get on with it. Drop KP and get someone else for our middle order. If Ponting can be dropped so can KP.

  • Siddharth Sharma on August 7, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Very well written Jarrod. The article paints an honest picture of the situation.

  • Shaf on August 7, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    KP is an arrogant selfish cricketer albeit a great batsmen. England are better without him.

  • Chan on August 7, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Usian bolt has a massive ego.

  • Vaibhav on August 7, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Well said & the only solution is to provide a IPL window for all english cricketers as other cricket boards have done.ECB has to realise that IPL is here to stay.Now it's KP then it will be Broad or Morgan.KP wants to cash-in on most of the talent he has .Earning 2 million dollars for couple of months is hell of a lot money.Isn't it ?

  • spencer rossiter on August 7, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Absolutely spot on. I cant find anything in that article that I disagree with, and I normally find something. In summary, everyone loses if KP walks away - fans, ECB, and KP himself. Pointless.

  • KevinPieterson on August 7, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    KP is a very good player and a lot of England's successes can be attributed (to a certain extent) to his presence but I don't see how that gives him the right to do anything that any other england player can not do! If English players are not by contract allowed to play full IPL seasons due to its clash with english International duties then the same should apply to Pietersen! Kallis is way better than KP and has an almost non existent ego! So saying that great players have egos is a gross over generalisation

  • Amaresh on August 7, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    For the good of the game, we sincerely hope KP and the English cricket board are able to act professionally and sort out their differences. Us, spectators will the biggest losers and this for no fault of ours!