England's Pietersen dilemma

England players innocent in Twitter send-up

Documentation seen by ESPNcricinfo proves that the parody Twitter account @KevPietersen24 is not managed by a player despite Pietersen's suspicions to the contrary

George Dobell

August 8, 2012

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Kevin Pietersen's suspicions that a parody Twitter feed mocking him comes from the England dressing room are unfounded.

Documentation seen by ESPNcricinfo proves that the parody twitter account @KevPietersen24 is not managed by a player. While it is true that the individual behind it knows some England players quite well, it would be misleading to suggest they are being fed information or have an agenda other than humour. None of the England players knows who is behind the account.

Those behind the account are revelling in their notoriety. "You know you're a genius when you are getting column inches during the Olympics," one tweet said. "KP tried scoring hundreds but this is far easier." They later assured their followers that no England player was involved.

Information that no England player is involved in the account should end suggestions that have been floated that an England player could potentially be guilty of workplace bullying.

For all that, perhaps the episode does highlight the uncomfortable relationship between Pietersen and several senior England players that has built up in the over the last few years and that can now no longer be explained away by routine expressions of support.

The fact that Pietersen thought the account, which lampoons his sometimes self-aggrandising comments, might be the work of team mates speaks volumes of his increasing isolation within the squad.

Pietersen is understood to have instructed lawyers to shut down the account and, after a period of suspension, it was reactivated with a new avatar that no longer bore Pietersen's image.

It is telling, too, that the account has been followed by several England players, including Matt Prior, James Taylor, Graeme Swann, Graham Onions and Tim Bresnan, though Taylor has recently 'unfollowed.' While that might support the view that some in the dressing room are sharing a joke at Pietersen's expense, it is worth noting that even Pietersen himself has retweeted some comments made by the feed.

The ECB will not and cannot act against the parody account. While they did successfully instruct lawyers to act against a spoof Ian Bell account in 2009, the @KevPietersen24 feed is felt to be an obvious parody and is felt to have breached no law or Twitter regulation.

Some might conclude that Pietersen's somewhat heavy-handed response to it betrays a certain humourlessness that may be one of the reasons he finds himself an increasingly isolated figure in the England dressing room. His spells at Natal, Hampshire and Nottinghamshire also all ended under something of a cloud.

Pietersen is far from the only player to inspire a parody twitter account. Andrew Strauss, the England captain, has one. The difference in those cases is that the individuals have tended to laugh along with the joke or, in the case of Strauss, rise above them.

But such is Pietersen's state of mind that he has added the Twitter account to a list of the injustices that he must face. Following the leaks about his contract talks and the fine for his own Twitter comments about Nick Knight, this issue underlines his increasing discomfort within the England set-up.

As he said in Monday's bizarre press conference "It's not easy being me." While such comments are easy to mock the fact is that, wherever the fault may lie, there is a real danger than unless there is a concerted effort by all concerned to reintegrate Pietersen, he may well drift away forever, convincing himself as he turns to a life on the T20 circuit that he has been wronged.

News that he will not face disciplinary charges from the ECB as a result of his press conference at the end of the Headingley Test will come as scant relief.

Stuart Broad, England's pace bowler, was dismissive of Pietersen's concerns when he spoke to Sky Sports News.

"If there is a problem, it is important it gets sorted and we take the field at Lord's with 11 guys who want to win for England," he said.

"With the rules, when we get to the ground we hand our phone in at 8am and get it back at 8pm. It would take a bit of genius to tweet from the wicket. It is not a major problem. It is a bit of fun for whoever is doing it and I don't think it is as big a story as the papers are making out.

"We spend virtually every day together, it is thoroughly enjoyable, we have a laugh. There is not a better working environment to go into. You get out of bed to go and play with your mates for your country. It is one of the biggest honours you could ever have and within that changing room everyone values that."

Perhaps the absurdity of the episode was perhaps best highlighted when a parody of Richie Benaud tweeted: "These parody accounts are a nuisance and damaging the game I love. RB." It was a parody parodying a parody. We live in confusing times.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by jezzastyles on (August 11, 2012, 23:31 GMT)

KP, if you keep sticking your chin out, somebody's going to land one on you. You've got a loud mouth and like hogging the limelight, so get over it. Every man & his dog realises it's not actually you making these comments. As for the poster being known to some ENG players - where there's smoke there's usually fire.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (August 11, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Fine sentiments Chennai_Voice, I too started watched cricket earlier than I have been told I did with Boycott, Gower, Lillee, Holding,Gavaskar and Both just a few prominent figure among. The pitches than were more competitive with more for the bowlers. To put an unbiased angle on it, and without being detrimental to any Indian players heaven forbid, current England batsmen with averages around 50 (Bell, KP, Trott) would have had to work a lot harder to get runs and the bowling attacks were truly potent. I have loved test cricket since seeing Graham Gooch in his white helmet when I was about 7 but he didn't get 10,000 runs so he must have been rubbish

Posted by Chennai_Voice on (August 11, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

@nikhilmjain - FYI.. The GREAT has made his debut in 1989 where I have been watching cricket at least 10 years before that. I grew up watching greats like IVR, Lloyd, Kapil, Sunny, Hadlee, etc. I have seen many legends playing and it was delightful to watch. For you the cricket is just what this selfish "GREAT" plays. Dont get carried away by the glorified records. Chennai people love the cricket as a game and admire it. They dont get carried away by a single player. They admire the greatest innings Saeed Anwar played his record innings in Chepauk which you wont be able to admire with your little cricketing brain!

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (August 11, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

How I am disgracing Chennai people? a very strange sentiment as I believe the great Mikey is from Jamaica and is one of the greatest fast bowlers in history who I admire greatly. I was merely showing how stats can be used to create whatever picture you like, lies damn lies and statistics. The Indian batsmen named are without doubt greats of the modern era where far more international cricket is played but to somehow inicate England has never had a great batsman is frankly ludicrous and was Kumble a better bowler than Botham, Trueman, Laker, Willis, Barnes ....It is ok to dish out anti-English diatribe it sems but anything that indicates India as anything other than brilliant is jumped on, get over yourselves, it is simply not in the spirit of cricket.

Posted by   on (August 11, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

It will be a shame if Pietersen has to leave the game like this especiall after playing one of the most astonishing innings against a top quality attack like south africa. It will be sad if one of the most dominant& flamboyant batsman of our generation will retire like this. I hope for World crickets sake he carries on playing, because he is a delight to watch when he smashes the cricket ball. Hope he& ECB can resolve the issue amicably.

Posted by nikhilmjain on (August 11, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

@ Ajit87

I don't think these problems would ever arise in SA. They are much better at accepting innovations. They accepted IPL as well as other tournaments unlike England, who are still upset with IPL for stealing the limelight.

Posted by nikhilmjain on (August 11, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

@The_bowlers_Holding What a nice way to hide shortcomings of English players in long term. You just cannot admit the fact that English players lack the consistency to be on par with Tendulkar, Bradman, Dravid, Akram, Warne, Kallis, Mcgrath, Pollock, Murlitharan, Lara, Walsh and such.

@Chennai_Voice Don't act like you know more about cricket than The GREAT. You learned cricket watching him. If it wasn't for him, cricket would never be so popular. And for your lack of understanding, he is not a 20 something anymore. He takes rest because whenever he plays, he wants to give 100%. And its a great feat to play so good for so long. It is not something, a common man like you and me can ever achieve. And please change your username. Chennai people love HIM. You are disgracing all these people.

Posted by Ajit87 on (August 11, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

How many of u think SA cricket board feeling "lucky" to not giving chance to play KP for SA.

Posted by Chennai_Voice on (August 11, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

@The_bowlers_Holding - The incredible long careers of Indian batsmen and bowlers are not due to lack of competition but its just the greediness of the players who wants to play for records and money and the flexibility given to them to play at their convenience by toothless BCCI who have relied on this "Great" for such a long time! There is so much of wasted talents in India who are at the mercy of BCCI who get to play only when the "Great" chooses not to play a particular series. You only need to empathize the Indian Cricket where the stats will glory all the team. @Syed Muzahir - Don't waste your time on collecting such meaningless stats.

Posted by adityamanoharsingh on (August 10, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

englishmen says that they are the no.1 test side in world and the best in the world....but they are nothing without players from south africa(KP) ,basically indians (monty, ravi bopara , m ramprakash, o shah etc etc etc), irish(morgan etc etc)..... tell me one recent good england team in which all are pure and proper englishmen.....its england cricket team (comprieses of players of many other countries) is number 1..... but not the english men.... a proper english team might not come in top 5..... rofl....

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (August 10, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

What an intersting set of stats you have compiled Syed Muzzlehir you omitted that India has been whitewashed in a test series more times than any other (7). An intersting fact is Australia have the highest win ratio in tests by some way a magnificent 46.7% followed by England 35.4% with India the 7th best just above New Zealand. The even more interesting fact is India's population is greater by far than the comined population of the other more successful test nations, aren't stats marvellous. Have you considered the incredibly long careers of Indian batsmen and bowlers, due to lack of competition may contribute to the high acheivements.

Posted by bobmartin on (August 10, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

@Posted by Syed Muzahir on (August 10 2012, 10:24 AM GMT)... A wonderful set of statistics.. but meaningless and a total waste of time

Posted by Santu79 on (August 10, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

@KEVINSL - Wake up Kevin, stop dreaming. England can never ever win in India even with 11 KP's in the team.

Posted by   on (August 10, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

England Test Status Granted-1877, Not Any Player Have 10000runs in Test & ODI & Any Player Have 500Wk. Not Have Any World Cup, Not Any Talented Player In Team. No 1 Loser Team in the World.

India Test Status Granted 1932, SR Tendulkar In Test 15,470runs & In ODI 18,426runs - HS 200*In ODI International 100th century 49 in ODI - 51 in Test, R Dravid In Test 13,288runs & In ODI 10,768runs, Sourav Ganguly In ODI 11,221runs, Sunil Gavaskar In Test 10,122runs, V Sehwag - HS 219 In ODI - HS 319+2 In Test, Anil Kumble In Test 619Wk. World Cup Current Champion (2 Titles) In 1983 & 2011 Most Successful Team In World.

Australia Test Status Granted 1877, DG Bradman in test 6996runs AVE Is 99.94 - HS 334+2, RT Ponting In Test 13,200runs & In ODI 13,704runs, AR Border In Test 11,174runs, Steve Waugh In Test 10,927runs, SK Warne In Test 708Wk, GD Mcgrath In Test 563Wk. World Cup (4 Titles) In 1987,1999,2003 & 2007 Most Successful Team In World.

Posted by KEVINSL on (August 10, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

I think even with out KP, ENGLAND can beat India in India. Historically England would like to bounce back like phoenix.

Posted by suko99 on (August 10, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

Ego maniacs like KP does no good to any team. England will be better off without him. No sports man is bigger than the game. Juvenile KP should not be allowed in a team made of adults.

Posted by HusseinDXB on (August 10, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

KP, overestimated himself assiuming that he is indespecible. He is just another ordinary player otherwise portrayed as a super batsman by the English team which didnt have a batting side. KP must be very very thankful to England for getting an oppotunity to play the game when his own country refused to look at him.

Posted by 3rd_Slip on (August 10, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

While KP has always been a talented player, his attitude has always been his biggest enemy. He was recognised for his talent in SA but was not selected because of his attitude, which is why packed up and left for England. He would not be able to make the SA team witht he current batting order the Saffers have (the top 4 are ranked in the top 6 in test cricket). He should be dropeed, no man is bigger than the game...

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (August 10, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

@thalalara- spot on man ,in this age of flat track bullies he's a real class act

Posted by thalalara on (August 10, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

Lets agree to one thing, KP is a real class, i've seen only very few batsmen post Viv Richards era ...... dominating genuine fast bowlers on a lively wicket. Its a sorry state of affairs..

Posted by JG2704 on (August 9, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

@cricket_lover1969 on (August 09 2012, 16:35 PM GMT) so that wasn't KP that averaged 11.5 in the UAE and was our 8th best batsman in the test series there?

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (August 9, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Fire Swann and half of the problem will be solved

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 9, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

India 4 ENG 0. Upcoming test series result. How poor they play in India I just can't believe. At least India play better in ENG barring last tour compare to how ENG play in India in last 15 years

Posted by voma on (August 9, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Anyone remember the film , me myself and irene . I think KPs brain has officially left the building . All this nonsense over a social network site ! .

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

@Chitro Sen - nailed it mate. Problem is that 4 letter word will come back and bite them unfortunately. KP will do much better if he is not offered a central contract by ECB. Even if he resolves his issues with ECB, envy will not leave him in peace inside the English dressing room.

Posted by Smithie on (August 9, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Is it all a dastardly plot by Kirsten and Smith to entice him back to the Saffers ?

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

So many people jealous on him.. Because all the world is know he is one of the best players in the world. So i think England will need KP for T20's also. Because he is still performing steady. Its no alternative. He is inform , quality, class batsman in world cricket.

Posted by ooper_cut on (August 9, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Some KP hater was comparing this side to the side with David Gower etc., YOU are way off mark there. Gower, Gooch, Gatting, Robin Smith, they all can play in the rank turners in the sub continent and have proved that time and time again not to some Muralis, Kumbles and Ajmals, but to the real spinners that graced the world of cricket. KP is too much for England and their stupid ideals, better for him to get out and be himself. Sad though that he loves to play test cricket and he cannot play that for any other team except for the old gizzards. Big mistake to move from SA to Eng, he can correct it by moving away from the oldies to T20 all over the world.

Posted by therealutopianindigent on (August 9, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

Nutcutlet thank you for posting the true story. The proliferation of lies about South Africa is very frustrating. As for KP he is a brilliant batsman caught inside a conflicting person. I think England need to find a manager who can help him focus on cricket. Their team would certainly be weaker, and international cricket poorer, without him. However I don't know how team morale can survive him if they don't find a way to manage his career. Without KP England would be 2-0 down in this test series and already off the number one spot. That is how much weaker the team would be without their unhappy import. Compare KP and Rudolph 2 see examples of 2 approaches to the new racism in SA's workplace - one played along and is happy yet not that famous. The other is not the "playing along with authority" kind of person & suffers despite being brilliant. That is the dilemma of SA's minority group talent. And it is getting worse because infamouspeople like KP are shutting doors for compatriots.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

While not holding a brief for KP the genesis lies in that four letter word:'envy'. The English cricketers hiding behind their mask of ptriotism, would give an arm and a leg to earn as much as Pietersen does fom IPL.The pity is the franchises don't seem to be interested in their services.

Posted by ben.p. on (August 9, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

I know, RandyOz, that the Australians need to glean whatever hope they can from this.

Posted by Badgerofdoom on (August 9, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

@KricketWicket

Well it might also have something to do with a lot of the tweets appearing while the England players are on the field! Anyway Pieterson has demonstrated time and again that he is hard work but also our best batsman, the ECB need to try and accommodate him but in the end he has to meet them halfway.

Posted by richardror on (August 9, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

@RandyOZ - Is this why Australia is copying everything about the England system and gradually rising to being one of the top 5 best cricketing countries in the world? KP is the only problem and as you have so often stated, he is South African!!! And after this series he will be dropped or forced to retire from test cricket. It's obvious. No man is bigger than the team especially one who is so highly overrated, getting a big score then becoming a walking wicket for the next few innings. England have many youngsters ready to step up to the mark.

Posted by Vilander on (August 9, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

UK is buoyed by the olympic medals, they are having an unusually rich olympics thanks to spectacular efforts of their athletes, the support of their crowd and in quite a few cases umpires too :P . Come world t20 they will be swiftly brought back to earth.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (August 9, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

@klempie: KP wasn't stolen. He came to England entirely voluntarily because he perceived that the racial quota system in SA was unfair & would not give him an opportunity to play cricket at the highest level. He served a 4 year residency qualification period, & was then eligible to play for England (in 2004) because his mother is English. It is not England that reaps what England has sown, but the man himself. He has, however, always remained a Saffer in many respects, because no one can kick over the traces of one's formative years, his current residence in an affluent area of London not withstanding. Despite his protestations that 'he's going to make some decisions that will make [him] very happy', he seemed the picture of misery in his recent press interview. I never like to see suffering - and I hope that he finds (a) himself (b) a life which does genuinely make him happy - so long as it is not at the expense of the happiness of others. Being a misunderstood exile is no fun.

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 9, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

England are in deep deep trouble, both on and off the field.

Posted by RFC73 on (August 9, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

klempie please tell me what part of SA was Imran Tahir born in?

Posted by KricketWicket on (August 9, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Yet another article that proves KP's claim of a one sided media. Just cos the owner of the tweet account says that no Eng player was involved, is that proof enough that no Eng player was involved? There is no doubt that there is a lot of Jealousy and backstabbing payers in the dressing room. May be they are pissed off with the fame and money KP is making in the IPL.

All KP needs to do is - Quit England and enroll with all the T20 leagues. In five years time, he will still be the more famous and rich guy, even if this loosing Eng bunch manage to hold on to the No.1 spot for all that time.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

KP is showing all his insecurities - he needs to develop thicker skin. This is just schoolboy foolishness all this twittering its not really for the grownups.

Posted by jb633 on (August 9, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

@Klempie, my friend I think you are asking the wrong questions. If I was a SA fan I wouldn't be concerned with why the ECB are willing to accept SA born players with British ties. The question I would ask is why does a player born and bred in SA have that little desire to play for the country of his brith that he moves abroad. I would be asking why is the system missing talents like KP and Trott. If you only look with one eye you will only ever find mundane answers. Look at the bigger picture and where the problems really lie.

Posted by Chesty-la-roux on (August 9, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

All posters who are of the opinion that england would be better off without Pietersen should keep in mind that he is the one and only reason england are still at the top of the ranking system at this time. He single-handedly saved the last test while his erstwhile team mates capitulated like the cowards they have proven themselves to be.

Posted by Kunal-Talgeri on (August 9, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

... I forgot, remember how the English board and captain eased out David 'Tiger Moth' Gower. :-( Eerily, Cricinfo reminds me it was 20 years to this day.

Posted by Kunal-Talgeri on (August 9, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

It's been obvious to the public all along that KP is a high-maintenance sportstar. Given his singular and audacious talent, surely the management and coach can be imaginative. This isn't about who is right or wrong, but about harnessing KP's ability that was seen at Headingley last week. He has the game and mindset of a Botham and Warne, even Viv. Just harness that to win. Through the '90s, even special talents like Robin Smith, Mark Ramprakash, Chris Lewis and Tufnell called for more emotional coaching--all they need to hear is 'you're bloody good at what you do'. Instead, we see the rule book thrown at them. In KP's case, there never was closure after he was axed as captain, and only writer Ed Smith acknowledged it as an issue. The Athertons and ECB have spun the pro-establishment yarn that is as old as Ray Illingworth. Try to imagine.

Posted by CarlSinclair on (August 9, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

The ECB are being so unreasonable, as are the England team. He is by FAR the most talented player in that team, and not even counting that - the most famous.

He should be allowed to do whatever he wants, play when he wants just like all the other superstars in sports all over the world. He is the Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Shane Warne, Usain Bolt of English cricket - they are privileged to have him. It's about time the ECB realised - he is bigger than the team, no matter what they are trying to convince themselves.

Posted by klempie on (August 9, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

What money on KP Genius getting booed when he comes to the crease at Lord's? I'll be watching closely to see that. :o)

Posted by klempie on (August 9, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

As a Saffer, all I can say is to you Poms is, "You reap what you sow". Stop stealing players and maybe we will stop infiltrating your structures with dissent-causing sleeper moles. :o)

Posted by gillyb on (August 9, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Have to agree with you Smudgeon - well said!

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

kp is always great....forever rocks

Posted by shanebabo on (August 9, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

@ lancsroyal your olympic team is worse than your cricket team!! Full of people born in every corner of the world. Plastic poms we call them here in Oz!!!

Posted by mosbourne1 on (August 9, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

Kinda sad, the team are 1-0 down in a vital test match and everyone is talking about KP..All the players should be prevented from these stupid social networking sites..they sites seem to create more problems for the players!!

Posted by bobmartin on (August 9, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

@lancsroyal.. Oh I see... a few medals at the Olympics and a couple of series of cricket victories and everything in the garden is rosy eh ? Like when was the last time we won a Football World or European Soccer Cup... The Rugby World Cup .or the Cricket World Cup.. As I said, there are a few notable exceptions and it's not self-deprecating to admit defeat... but it is delusional to try and presume you are better than you actually are.

Posted by LtMatt81 on (August 9, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

I'm glad that thanks to George Dobell this parody account has been shut down.

It was just a bit of fun but im sure for KP having someone constantly making jokes about you, your personality and your relationship with your team mates would get old pretty quick. Especially when some of the players knew who it was and were actually following the account. Someone close to the players the article said.

Didn't Ian Bell have a parody twitter account shut down by the ECB? Why hasn't anyone mentioned that?

Posted by Herbet on (August 9, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

Kevin Pietersen is becoming the Geoff Boycott of the modern game. No doubt very talented, with the stats to back it up, but with an extremely touchy and humourless personality that appears to quickly alienate team mates. Its unfortunate that some men who play team games, and therefore spend all their time with a group of men, aren't comfortable in the company of groups of men!

Posted by Philippe on (August 9, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

KP who?

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

They'll do better without him... I for one would have loved to see Andrew Strauss take a leaf from the Jason Gallian handbook and dump Pietersen's kit bag over the pavillion balcony at Lords! :)

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (August 9, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

@bobmartin, really appreciate ur selfdeprecating typical British humour which we Indians would do good to emulate but all said and done losing Pietersen from international cricket is gonna be a big blow for all followers of the game - just think about it

Posted by Hammond7249 on (August 9, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

bobmartin-your comment that the British are usually losers at most things is ridiculous. I've had enough of this self-deprecating rubbish most British people seem to think is so funny. Third in the Olympics medals table proves that Britain is great in sport.

Posted by zenboomerang on (August 9, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

@George Dobell :- "the account has been followed by several England players, including Matt Prior, James Taylor, Graeme Swann, Graham Onions and Tim Bresnan"... So who among them is known for using networks to self promote writings & (poor) humor?... Jack the lad comes to mind...

Posted by gerrardl on (August 9, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

That account had some legendary tweets... my fav: 'to feel what it's like to bat like KP, ask a 5 year old to bowl underarm to you with a tennis ball on some concrete' hahaha classic!

Account's now been deleted, what a shame... Long live #KPgenius

Posted by zenboomerang on (August 9, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

@George Dobell :- "While it is true that the individual behind it knows some England players quite well"... So the person is a friend of a number of players within the team... lol...

Posted by zenboomerang on (August 9, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

@George Dobell & cricinfo :- "twitter account @KevPietersen24 is not managed by a player"... Which means absolutely nothing... It could have easily been thought out by anyone & who would be dumb enough to set it up if they were in the team?...

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (August 9, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Just thought id let everyone know England are officially ranked number 1 in ODI's now, im sure you'll all offer your congratulations like me....Kev you left the ODI team and we've gone to number 1, your a distraction so you have no place in our superb team....PIETERSON OUT!

Posted by bobmartin on (August 9, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

What I can say is this... We British are good losers.. After all, with a few notable exceptions, we've been doing it for years.. So should we lose the most exciting cricketer to have graced our shores for many a year, although he'll be sadly missed by many, we will carry on with our usual stiff-upper lip and make the most of what we have left. But it won't be the end of the world as a lot of people seem to think.

Posted by ThirteenthMan on (August 9, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

"His spells at Natal, Hampshire and Nottinghamshire also all ended under something of a cloud"

But it was always somebody else's fault:-)

Posted by smudgeon on (August 9, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

@Bsimon - agree with everything apart from the retirement comment! Pietersen is a talented cricketer, but an egotistical prima donna. if he just let his bat do the talking, this would be a non-issue. perhaps KP should consider retiring from public comment? most of this would blow over in a jiffy...

Posted by HK_Sachin on (August 9, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

As i comment from my own parody account, i lay blame on:

swanny+prior combo, who willfully cheer on their "friend" who tweets whilst they are not making eye-contact w/peiterson in a game saving partnership or fielding activities. one bowls, other keeps, the batters have to partner with KP.

Posted by afs_talyarkhan on (August 9, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

What a prima donna! Hiring lawyers to shut down twitter accounts he doesn't like?? Who does he think he is? He should be a little more grateful to the great game which made him his fortune and even allowed him to change horses midstream and play for another country than the one he was born in. Not many players are allowed such liberties. If he persists in this kind of childishness the BCCI should be brought in to ban disruptive players like him from playing in the IPL. The same goes for Chris Gayle. Look there have always been injustices perpetrated against players by administrator. At least nowadays you don't get anything as bad as Lala Amarnath being sent home from the England tour for resenting being ordered about by someone who was only made a captain because of his birth. But you don't just walk away from your test team - you fight your corner within it and you accept to live by the same rules as everyone else. BCCI should act now to bar IPL for players who disrupt test cricket.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (August 9, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

Some coward in the England dressing room is responsible for this. I think everyone is going to be satisfied only once we've driven one of the truly great players of this generation out of the international game. What a sad day thats gonna be for cricket lovers around the world

Posted by Clyde on (August 9, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

The silent majority becomes more attractive by the minute.

Posted by fineprint on (August 9, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Gayle was dropped from WI national team, he added stars and glamour and class to the IPL, even more than he would have otherwise done (going by the popular and acceptable logic that more cricket often takes toll on cricketers), now KP if dropped from England's national team would most probably end up doing the same. Why should ECB let KP do that ?

Posted by ben.p. on (August 9, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

This is the last straw. Pietersen is a prima donna, and prima donnas cannot be accommodated within an effective team culture. Notwithstanding their ability, they often do more harm than good because of their unfortunate influence. Those of us who remember Geoffrey Boycott's childishness perhaps still wonder whether it was worth continuing to pick him for England or whether better morale would have resulted without him. In those days, of course, England were not moulded into the unit they are now - there were no central contracts - and a greater individualism probably prevailed. A lot of work has been put in since to turn the Test team back into a force that can compete across the world stage, and this highlights the risk of attempting to carry a player with questionable attitude. I think you would have to return to the 1960s to find an England XI with as much self-belief as this one. Is that spirit worth sacrificing for a player who seems more interested in himself than anything else?

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

Just a little message to all you people who think KP should rise above it,would you like it if it was you being pilloried Would you just laugh it away.KP puts up with more than his fair share of rubbish from the media without having to put up with the childish nonsense and sometimes vindictive comments from this Twitter idiot. Hiding too, not brave enough to face KP. I still believe it is a certain person within the team. And of course when asked they would deny it. it is hateful, and I feel so sorry for KP. He does not deserve this .KevPietersen24 do you envy the man so much that you have revert to childhood bully boy tactics to satisfy yourself. Stay with it KP ,he will fall flat on his face soon.

Posted by MAK123 on (August 9, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Oh does all this debate mean it is impossible to find out the real culprit given the phenomenal advancement in technology? How then, do they intercept the criminals trying to blackmail/ terrorise people? I would say there is something more to this and the ECB knows what it is and who is behind all this twitter thing

Posted by Chesty-la-roux on (August 9, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

The fact that some of Pietersens so called 'team mates' have some association with whoever is behind the phony twitter account is nothing short of disgraceful. These player should be immediately removed from the team environment and suspended from duty until such time as a transparent investigation has been completed by a respected and independent body. If any player is found to have been in anyway whatsoever complicit in this contemptible, unprofessional, juvenile, and quite possibly illegal, behaviour, it goes without saying that they must be sacked, banned for life by the ICC, and the full weight of workplace harassment legislation brought to bear upon them. It is also difficult to see how Flower or Strauss can remain in their jobs. As Pietersens immediate line managers they have failed to provide him with a working environment where he is free from abuse, and are therefore, at best incompetent, and at worst, maliciously negligent.

Posted by disco_bob on (August 9, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

The KP twitter posts are witty as well as risible, that alone would rule out any England players whose idea of humour is throwing jelly beans on the pitch and boasting about their Porches.

Posted by Insult_2_Injury on (August 9, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

Some of the funniest stuff I've heard in ages. The public has been advised to get used to twitface and the irrelevant incessant utterings of sports people and administrators... so deal with the downside. I'm sure it's puffed the chest of Pietersen to think people give a crap about his utterings in the press, so here's the other side of the equation. Suck it up princess and go into retirement with some dignity. He's just as likely to take a sports contract under the heading of 'Image is everything, off the back of it

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 9, 2012, 3:10 GMT)

This is funny.. Even KP found that anonymous guy funny and RT the tweets.. You can make fun on you but it always hurts when others make fun of you.. The same happening here too.. Though the anonymous guy need not be guy from dressing room, the guys over there could have better avoided following those tweets..

Posted by Greatest_Game on (August 9, 2012, 2:32 GMT)

Dobell & Cricinfo provide us assurance that the England team has no part in the Twitter parody. The job of the press is to inform us of the facts as best they know them: job well done Cricinfo. However, Cricinfo has yet expose who leaked details of Pietersen's confidential discussions with the ECB. These are not the first leaks, yet this fundamental breach of trust at the ECB seems given scant attention. The current brouhaha concerns KP, but the leaks have serious implications for all England players and officials, who now face a clear threat: by questioning or standing up to the ECB you risk being pilloried in the press. Leaks of selected snippets are designed to fuel the tabloid press' insatiable hunger for gossip. It is the responsible press that must bring to the public all sides of a story, and expose those who imperil the full faith and trust between players and administrators that allows for the building of great teams. We know well the consequence of an autocratic board.

Posted by gsamiru on (August 9, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

@doctornikki true story .........

Posted by Patchmaster on (August 9, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

C'mon KP, Twitter is so lame, rise above it - as an ENG fan, I can honestly say that we don't give a damn about that fake twitter account, we judge you as a person and a player and on those two accounts, you are a legend. So keep your chin up, ignore the idiots and give that SA's hell on Thursday. Cheers.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 0:32 GMT)

KP we love you and thanks for the action on the field of play but go RIP.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

Reminds me of the fake IPL player who, though a rank outsider, was so accurate, that almost everyone in KKR, including the canny Buchanan suspected him to be a team member. In this particular case, KP proves to be not only egotistic, but also seem to be afflicted with a persecution complex. Hope a speedy recovery, and waiting to see you wearing the black cap, for at least a couple of years, till you start developing frictions in their cricket. Wishing you all the best and Godspeed in all your personal and interpersonal life.

Posted by Aspraso on (August 8, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

Remember the "fakeIPLplayer" episodes and the turmoil it caused in the Buchannan and Ganguly period of KKR?

Posted by disco_bob on (August 8, 2012, 23:01 GMT)

I have to not that the KP logo on the twitter account is very clever. That is serious graphic design.

Posted by subbass on (August 8, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

Oh and if people are saying KP does not get on well with Strauss then look at the way he hugged Strauss when he scored that ton v WI. hardly the body language of someone who does not like the other person, at the most in that situation there would have been just a simple handshake surely ? But I guess people can fall out fairly quickly with each other in life !

Posted by subbass on (August 8, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

Well clearly KP gets on well with Ian Bell, so that is for certain. So presumably other people who get on well with Ian Bell could well get on well with KP. However it is clear that there is a fair few England players who think KP is a bit of an idiot, which imo is pretty harsh. He trains hard and has always shown a fair bit of passion when playing for England.

But team spirit and unity is an important 'player' within any team, in any sport. In short this must be sorted out one way or the other or we, meaning the England side, can't move on. I wonder how much better we would be doing if everyone in the England side liked KP as a person ?

It's a great shame for cricket fans all round the world if KP is lost to the international game and just plays silly, totally overrated T-20 in India.

T-20 is becoming a 'stain' on the true, real game of cricket.

Posted by shillingsworth on (August 8, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

@Juwan Buchanan - Prior's father is English. He has lived in England since the age of 11. He is not therefore 'South African', any more than Nasser Hussain is Indian, Andrew Symonds is English or Usman Khawaja is Pakistani.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (August 8, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

This ESPN inquiry points up one thing: KP's paranoid nature. His suspicion that these intended-to-hurt tweets came from an England team member is however sufficient to show that there is a great deal of tension inside the England dressing room - and that tension revolves round KP. It is so high profile - well into the public domain indeed - that I don't see how he can now play in the final Test. Flower & Strauss have build England's recent success on the team being greater than the sum of its parts. That carefully built structure has been destroyed & there is one player whose presence who carries the responsibility for the disharmony. Of course, it is not a clear black & white issue (nothing involving human beings ever is) - it's the mix that has led to this disharmony. To say that KP is one of a kind possibly explains it: there's no one else who is like him or truly understands him - & that tragically means that he probably does not belong in any team, certainly not this England side.

Posted by mumbaiguy79 on (August 8, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

KP is a great player but his ego is even greater. I think he has this air about him that he is indispensable. The sooner KP realizes that he is NOT, the better for him.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (August 8, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

A parody of a parody.. of a parody! Let's all make stupid inception jokes now.

Posted by kitten on (August 8, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

I hate to say this, but I feel there are players who are jealous of KP and his success. Not too long ago, when KP was sacked as Captain, Swann and even Anderson passed a few negative comments about KP, and his captaincy, and if I remember correctly, Swann even went and stated that though KP is a fantastic player, he is a terrible captain, and he would never be able to play under his leadership. Maybe he was joking as was Anderson, but then KP seems to me to be quite a serious type of bloke, and as we all know, Swann is always joking, even when giving an interview. Maybe some of the things mentioned in the dressing room, were said in jest, and KP did not take it too kindly. Or maybe it wasn`t said in jest, and some players are indeed upset that KP is hogging the limelight all the time, and now even more so! I do hope, though I won`t hold my breath, that things are sorted out, and KP stays with the England team. He is a star, and it will be an utter loss to cricket if he departs.

Posted by Rooboy on (August 8, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

@davidpk - you're right, of course he's a very frail person. Look at his response to Alan Border's valid comments after KP returned 'injured' from Aus after the 06/07 tour. Thought he might burst into tears at any moment, incredibly fragile. Having said that, whoever is behind this twitter account is clearly of poor character

Posted by doctornikki on (August 8, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

KP was the biggest reason for England's rise to the top in the last three years...English players cannot accept that a South African born has stolen all the stardom in their country colours and are jealous of his talent,so they can only moan..KP will always be a superstar no matter if he plays for England or not..England should learn how to preserve and not only steal the talent of other countries like SA,ireland,zimbabwe....should start producing home born playres and stop weeping...

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

lol well i personally dont mind seeing KP leave the England set up.....its time now Eng start picking English players...4 Safas in the playing 11!!!! if anyone is taking notes from the 2 test thus far....you would realise there has been 5 100s to South Africans( Peterson,KP,Kallis, Amla and Smith) and only 1 to English ...(Cook)...also...trott has one 50+ score, with Prior ...Another South African with two 50+ scores....its about time Eng be exposed for d average side they are..in reality England suits more a #4 Ranking....

Posted by BlueAndYellow on (August 8, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

The reason that this England team is ranked #1 is KP. If not for him, it is another average English team with overrated players like Swann. How many times did KP save England's behind in the last one year alone? even the last match is an example. Once KP leaves, England would realize their true place in test ranking.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (August 8, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

i suspect that the perpetrator is so far away from the England dressing room as to make the idea of it ridiiculous.It's just some unconnected joker I suspect,maybe just a disillusioned South African.

Posted by sfhr on (August 8, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

@ Rolling_in_The_Deep ... Kudos bro

Posted by mnemoniny on (August 8, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

Cpt.Meanster, your comments betray a certain humourlessness. I write this not as a slur against Kevin, but as an observation: he cannot be honest with himself, or anyone else for that matter. He will believe what he says, but only because the lie begins before it is spoken. With a man like this, you can guess at his motivations but you will never know his heart. This is why he has inevitably alienated every cricketing unit he has been a part of. He denies himself understanding of his own life, and thus will forever be the shining star of his own little universe. Again, I do not write this with the purpose of insulting anyone. Kevin has a supreme record as a modern batsman, and skills and talents to be proud of certainly. That said, a little perspective goes a long way.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (August 8, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

I think this is getting to the point where you have to question his paranoia and self-centredness. Does he really think that international sportsmen, part of his team, have the time or inclination to set up a fake twitter account just to mock him? The reading out of the tweets in question is a different matter and unnecessary, clearly there's a poisonous atmosphere in that dressing room.

Posted by Oldsedcopian on (August 8, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

@davidpk - I agree, a very insecure person whose behaviour often overcompensates for that frailty, with disastrous results.Non-stories like this can only deepen the insecurity he must feel. There will be a limit, if it has not already been reached, beyond which he simply will not be able to function effectively as a sportsman because of his fears about his status being undermined.

Posted by Stark62 on (August 8, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

It's Swann because he was the first one to deny any links to the account and we all know the first one is always (most of the times) the culprit!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 8, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

@bobmartin: Look at what you are saying buddy. " A Sense of humour" ? I mean how would you feel if somebody creates a fake Twitter account and nudges jokes at you on a daily basis on whatever you are doing in your day to day life ? Would you call that "a sense of humour" then ? It is a SCARY thing man. It shows how unprofessional this England team really is. KP is a professional and he despises these actions. Come on man, I am sure you agree with that. This whole Twitter parody is an offence.

Posted by Rolling_in_The_Deep on (August 8, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

KP is at the heart of English Resurgance in World Cricket during the recent years. before that England team was just a average team with no stars in it. KP is a super star that gave team england a new identity and a mojo. The way he was treated in Peter Mores Episode and now this , is very unfair to a player like him.

Posted by wileycoyote on (August 8, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

I can remember the disparaging remarks made by English supporters about South Africa when KP declared his allegiance to England. God, how the South Africans must be laughing now...

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 8, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

This is the future. ENG can't digest the fact that IPL has gone to another level. They r the inventor of the game but India is the power house of the cricket

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

First Gayle now KP why do the big stars believe that they should be treated differently

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 8, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

Well now it is clear that KP has zero unity with his English team mates. If that's the case, then he cannot continue further as an England player. It would only create disharmony, a dysfunctional dressing room and many other problems to go with it. It's evident KP doesn't like Andrew Strauss from the ugly turn the press conference took following the 2nd test. The ECB will never back away from their position thanks to their fat egos and arrogance. KP too is a proud man to back down and he won't given his body language these days. So yeah, it's best if England just let him go. A sad ending to one of England's best players in more than a generation. Well Kevin, I think it's time you started being "YOU" without all this England affair.

Posted by MMahmood1 on (August 8, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

The game is always bigger than individuals. I love KP and I am on his side, he is paying the price for his comments in India while playing in IPL. I am not fan of IPL and India. I always support good cricket but this is too much for poor KP. No team can build if you don't respect their good players. The role of the manager and coach is to utilise the best of his players and encourage them, they should not involved in player politics. John Wright is the best example when he was coaching India (Ganguly's example), Javed Miandad (Best techtician in the game of cricket, failed to handled the team). The guys like G.Kirsten, Bob Woolmer, & Steve Waugh always succeed as they never get involved in politics.

The next examples in the game of cricket will be A.Flower.

If KP you dont have anyother choice than quitting england career consider South African, KP every cricket lover will love to see you as player no matter which country you play. Please must speak with the south african board.

Posted by bobmartin on (August 8, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

It's unfortunate for KP that he obviously has no sense of humour and that he feels the whole world is against him... Well it certainly wasn't a few years ago when he was made England captain. I think the majority of England fans were delighted; he was like a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately that didn't last very long until he started his power struggle with the team management. Since that time he has, by his own efforts and seemingly constant complaining, alienated himself from a lot of us who previously admired him. We can still appreciate what he does on the field of play, but that is as far as it goes. Most of us see through his facade and we don't like what we see. As I've said in a previous post, we'll miss his prowess, but we wont miss him as a person.

Posted by Asadpk on (August 8, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

must be Swanny, has to be Swanny

Posted by bumsonseats on (August 8, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

i think for all KPs bravado, underneath is a frail person, who's cricketing talents hides that frailness. were he looks as if he could not care about what others think of him, but im afraid nothing could be further from the truth. i think at any given point in a day his objectivity go from one extreme to another. if he were to play another 4/5 years in all formats of the game he would go down as a modern great. but perhaps he will do what he says and when hes 40 would wonder why did i act so stupidly

Posted by sfhr on (August 8, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

""" Information that no England player is involved in the account should end suggestions that have been floated that an England player could potentially be guilty of workplace bullying. """

Mr. Dobell ... common sense please!!!!!! Did you expect the English player behind this to come out and announce his guilt. KP has by far been the best you have had in more than a decade. If you cannot respect his talent, at least don't pester him with you no good non-sense English snob behavior ....

I am a Pakistani and for KP their is only one word - RESPECT.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (August 8, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

The wonderful world of the internet, anyone can do anything and claim they are someone else. True Freedom!

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (August 8, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Right I'm off to twitter on my new account Jorge_Doorbells. I'll regularly tweet on how this Eng team is "probably" the greatest ever. And how they'll whitewash everyone in all upcoming series.

Posted by Slaughts on (August 8, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Perhaps KP should concentrate on playing cricket, cricket is a team game played by individuals, sadly KPs brilliance is overshadowed by his self imposed isolation which has seen him part company with both Notts and Hampshire, how long will he be at Surrey?

His brilliant innings are few and far between and sadly overshadowed by irresposible ways of getting out at crucial times. He is a good player who will be sadly remembered for his hissy fits, truly great players are remembered for what they have achieved whilst playing cricket alone!

It would be sad if this is the end of his days playing for England but he has nobody to blame but himself

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Who ever the real KP is, he must try and grow a set....and learn to tow the party line specially when someone else is captain...that is what submitting to leadership to all about. Fact is that England will be lesser for not having KP there but no one is bigger then the game....you become a stat after you leave the game....

Posted by CricFan78 on (August 8, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

" While it is true that the individual behind it knows some England players quite well, it would be misleading to suggest they are being fed information or have an agenda other than humour. " ... Very interesting

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Twitter should verify passport/id/ photo id before opening new accounts. Internet is a boon to many, joke to some & easy crime for many.

Posted by jb633 on (August 8, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

The guy must really want out. He has never been loved like an English player and I think the support he got during the IPL has basically turned his head for good. England need him in the short distance future as there is not really too much talent in the batting department (particularly against spin). However, we are just going to have to accept that a few tough years lie ahead and mould the likes of Taylor and Joe Root for a future star. The ECB cannot stand for the behaviour of this man any longer. Yes he is a great player, but no man is bigger than the country itself. If the ECB cave in to these childish games they will lose all integrity.

Posted by Iamnotboredofcricket on (August 8, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

It must be fairly simple? You want to play professional cricket for your country or you don't. If you do (and you're good enough) you can choose to play all formats or test or ODIs/T20s. If you want half measures, or to be treated differently from everyone else, don't bother doing the job because in the end it's just a job and in any job no person is bigger than the company/team. This whole affair is embarrassing enough without it being in the middle of an extremely important series. If this was a high profile business ( a bank for example - given the current economic climate and how highly reported on those companies are at the moment ) KP would probably be sacked. Unbelievable and sad really.

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