September 16, 2012

English cricket

Should Kevin Pietersen go to India?

George Binoy

The Daily Mail asked several former England cricketers whether Kevin Pietersen should be part of the squad for the India tour later this year. Paul Collingwood, Ray Illingworth and Angus Fraser said no. Marcus Trescothick, David Gower, Mark Butcher, and Darren Gough said yes. And Bob Willis said maybe.

Ray Illingworth: It looks to me that Andy Flower is against his return from a team spirit point of view. If that is the way Andy is thinking, I would support him. He has been closer to this problem than anyone. The whole thing has gone on far too long. I would have made Pietersen apologise publicly. He would have had to eat some humble pie. If he had done that, we would have got on with the cricket. KP thinks he is bigger than the game. He forgets that cricket is a team game. Men with egos like that would have been slapped down long before this in my day.

Darren Gough: There are issues with the parody Twitter account and there are issues with things that were written in players’ books about Kevin that were just not right. But at the same time, some of Kevin’s words have not been acceptable. Nasser Hussain and I used to argue like cat and dog. He got the best out of me. Alastair Cook is determined to take the best side he can to India. We all know that Kevin is in the best team. I’m hopeful he’ll be in the team.

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