England's Pietersen dilemma August 14, 2012

Piers Morgan stokes Pietersen controversy

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Piers Morgan, the former British tabloid editor turned chatshow host, has escalated the conflict between Kevin Pietersen and the England team and officials by alleging that two of his team-mates are linked to the parody Twitter account that Pietersen found so offensive.

The allegations involve two Nottinghamshire players - Stuart Broad, England's Twenty20 captain, and Alex Hales, who took his place at the top of the order in England's T20 side after Pietersen's stand-off with the ECB had led to his enforced retirement from one-day cricket.

The dispute drags on while Pietersen and his advisers pursue negotiations with the ECB in what seems to be an increasingly forlorn hope that he will win a reprieve and be named in England's squad for World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka month when it is announced by Saturday's deadline.

Morgan, a close friend of Pietersen, took to Twitter, where the debate is raging, to accuse the ECB of "double standards" in lecturing the player about the overriding need for team unity while overlooking a lack of team unity elsewhere, in the shape of personal hostility towards Pietersen from some of his team-mates.

What was intended to support Pietersen's contention to ECB officials in ongoing private discussions that he is the victim, not the problem, in the England dressing room, could prove to be counterproductive as the ECB concludes that emotions are running too high to risk naming Pietersen in their World Twenty20 party.

An increasingly fantastical affair has also caused the originator of the Pietersen parody account, Richard Bailey, a 20-something scientist from Nottingham who tweets personally under @Bailsthebadger, to apologise for the offence he has caused and insist that no England players were involved.

ESPNcricinfo's investigations last week had found no evidence that any England player had been actively involved in Baileys' account and passed on all information gathered to senior officials of the ECB.

Indeed, in Broad's case, the evidence is purely circumstantial and Bailey, not a close friend of the England captain but who shares a house with two other Nottinghamshire players, is now deeply embarrassed by an outcome he could barely have imagined.

Morgan's accusation relies upon the fact that Hales was the first follower of the Pietersen parody account. Claims that Broad was involved seem to rest upon a tweet he sent on the same evening that the account was opened saying that he had lent Bailey a pair of socks, therefore putting him in the same place, if not necessarily in the know.

"Put a sock in it," was the tacit response last night of one former England coach, David Lloyd, who used Twitter to argue that it was time to move on as the ECB attempted to stop the affair running out of control.

Pietersen's England future is in the balance after England refused to pick him for the Lord's Test against South Africa despite him appearing a video in which he made himself available for all forms of cricket and publicly apologising for mistakes he may have made.

The ECB, in the person of England managing director Hugh Morris, refused to accept the apology because Pietersen had not explained "derogatory" text messages about members of the England dressing room that he had allegedly sent to South Africa players after the Headingley Test.

Nottinghamshire have a long history of antagonism towards Pietersen. He left the county after his kit was famously thrown off the dressing room balcony at Trent Bridge and the views of many involved at the time - Broad and Hales were not at the county - have not noticeably softened in the meantime.

A third England and Nottinghamshire player, Graeme Swann, was also dismissive of Pietersen's captaincy skills in his autobiography, and his relationship with Pietersen is strained. Pietersen suspected Swann of being behind the account but there is no evidence to support Pietersen's belief that Swann is in anyway involved with this latest brouhaha.

Pietersen's brother, Bryan Pietersen, also took to Twitter to threaten the instigator of the parody account and suggest his phone should be thrown into the River Trent, which runs close to the Nottinghamshire ground.

In the corridors of the ECB, as this affair drags on, rivers are certainly running deep.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Iwerneanffontmell on August 16, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    It seems pretty obvious that KP is an objectionable character and that teams only tolerate him because of his talent. Darren Gough has been going on about how the great Aussie side of the 90's didn't like each other but there are one or two very good players - Stuart Law being one - who were supposedly difficult and never really got a look-in as a result. It is all very well saying that other players have slagged off others and not been punished for it like KP but bad-mouthing your captain to the opposition while in the middle of a test match against them is stupifyingly stupid. In a dressing room which places so much on team loyalty etc that is professional suicide....what a numpty.

  • AnthonyNo1 on August 16, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Morgan is right that there are two sides to this - but ultimately the ECB are responsible and accountable for this fiasco. England without KP will drop down the ratings - and they will also loose revenue from crowds and broadcasting.

  • rienzied on August 15, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Just news that sells, sadly KP's brilliance on field gets overshadowed by his immaturity and oversized ego as of the field. What a talent but he has been in trouble in most if not all teams he has played for. I reckon it is great the ECB have put their foot down here

  • on August 14, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    Whatever. I'm sick of this drama. Put it to bed and get on with the cricket.

  • ThirteenthMan on August 14, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    (Piers) " Morgan, a close friend of Pietersen"..it just gets worse!

  • JG2704 on August 14, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    I have actually somehow lost track of it all here and the Twitter/Facebook world is totally alien to me. Can someone please explain if the Twitter account/Tweets are anything to do with KPs omission as I was under the impression it was just to do with the texts KP sent to SA players and specifically the nature of the texts. I really hope that Broad and Swann have not tried to stitch KP up by tweeting stuff supposedly in his name. If so then they obviously need disciplining too - depending on whether there was malicious intent.

  • JG2704 on August 14, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    @bobmartin on (August 14 2012, 11:09 AM GMT) Who was that dodgy guy Botham had in the 80s as an image consultant or whatever the term is? Wore dodgy stripy suits. Is he still about?

  • JG2704 on August 14, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @Hira1 on (August 14 2012, 10:49 AM GMT) Sorry , please explain what you mean about double standards and how ECB are in a lot of trouble

  • JG2704 on August 14, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @Xolile on (August 14 2012, 10:39 AM GMT) I'd say Broad and Swann are at least AS important as KP is to the England side. Anyway , isn't this (him being dropped)to do with texts he sent to SA players ?

  • Kirk-at-Lords on August 14, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Cricket is not the only corner of the world, or even the only sport, that is experiencing some serious negative side effects of the social media revolution. It may be one of those pursuits most vulnerable because of its long tradition of propriety and long-established hierarchical power arrangements within each Test nation. The Packer/World Series Cricket era of the 1970s was the first break with tradition, and it changed cricket forever. Now comes T20 leagues led by IPL, which are likely to have at least as important an impact. In each case, media played a key role -- TV in the 1970s, Internet social networking today. ECB and other boards must respond with equal parts imagination and willpower to negotiate and manage the new revolution. If they have not yet recruited "culture creatives" as consultants, it is time, and the boards need to listen to them carefully. Above all, it is essential for boards to seek out mediators who can assist with Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

  • Iwerneanffontmell on August 16, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    It seems pretty obvious that KP is an objectionable character and that teams only tolerate him because of his talent. Darren Gough has been going on about how the great Aussie side of the 90's didn't like each other but there are one or two very good players - Stuart Law being one - who were supposedly difficult and never really got a look-in as a result. It is all very well saying that other players have slagged off others and not been punished for it like KP but bad-mouthing your captain to the opposition while in the middle of a test match against them is stupifyingly stupid. In a dressing room which places so much on team loyalty etc that is professional suicide....what a numpty.

  • AnthonyNo1 on August 16, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Morgan is right that there are two sides to this - but ultimately the ECB are responsible and accountable for this fiasco. England without KP will drop down the ratings - and they will also loose revenue from crowds and broadcasting.

  • rienzied on August 15, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Just news that sells, sadly KP's brilliance on field gets overshadowed by his immaturity and oversized ego as of the field. What a talent but he has been in trouble in most if not all teams he has played for. I reckon it is great the ECB have put their foot down here

  • on August 14, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    Whatever. I'm sick of this drama. Put it to bed and get on with the cricket.

  • ThirteenthMan on August 14, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    (Piers) " Morgan, a close friend of Pietersen"..it just gets worse!

  • JG2704 on August 14, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    I have actually somehow lost track of it all here and the Twitter/Facebook world is totally alien to me. Can someone please explain if the Twitter account/Tweets are anything to do with KPs omission as I was under the impression it was just to do with the texts KP sent to SA players and specifically the nature of the texts. I really hope that Broad and Swann have not tried to stitch KP up by tweeting stuff supposedly in his name. If so then they obviously need disciplining too - depending on whether there was malicious intent.

  • JG2704 on August 14, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    @bobmartin on (August 14 2012, 11:09 AM GMT) Who was that dodgy guy Botham had in the 80s as an image consultant or whatever the term is? Wore dodgy stripy suits. Is he still about?

  • JG2704 on August 14, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @Hira1 on (August 14 2012, 10:49 AM GMT) Sorry , please explain what you mean about double standards and how ECB are in a lot of trouble

  • JG2704 on August 14, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @Xolile on (August 14 2012, 10:39 AM GMT) I'd say Broad and Swann are at least AS important as KP is to the England side. Anyway , isn't this (him being dropped)to do with texts he sent to SA players ?

  • Kirk-at-Lords on August 14, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Cricket is not the only corner of the world, or even the only sport, that is experiencing some serious negative side effects of the social media revolution. It may be one of those pursuits most vulnerable because of its long tradition of propriety and long-established hierarchical power arrangements within each Test nation. The Packer/World Series Cricket era of the 1970s was the first break with tradition, and it changed cricket forever. Now comes T20 leagues led by IPL, which are likely to have at least as important an impact. In each case, media played a key role -- TV in the 1970s, Internet social networking today. ECB and other boards must respond with equal parts imagination and willpower to negotiate and manage the new revolution. If they have not yet recruited "culture creatives" as consultants, it is time, and the boards need to listen to them carefully. Above all, it is essential for boards to seek out mediators who can assist with Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

  • 12thUmpire on August 14, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    You can follow on, get 20 wickets, and yet tie!

  • torsha on August 14, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Oh poor KP. What a mess this is!

  • The_bowlers_Holding on August 14, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    And the reference to dwindling test gates is not relevant to England as they sell out test matches, despite competition like the Olympics, English premier league or F1. Test cricket has always been well supported wherever it has been staged in England depite not having dancing girls, fireworks... if England get beat at Lords it will continue to be as the English are not fair weather fans (mass overseas support even when we were pants).

  • on August 14, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    while cyclists, sailors ,athletes etc have given us a cause to rejoice and on the other hand these gentlemen cricketers have totally gone against the spirit of cricket.

  • wibblewibble on August 14, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    @Sandeep Albert Mathias: If you both follow on and take 20 wickets in a match, then you have by definition won the game. Think about it.

  • on August 14, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    @Sandeep Albert Mathias Don't you win if you take 20 wickets after following on? Not being facetious at all, but you just got me thinking.

  • Naikan on August 14, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    I feel amazed that for a game which is so immersed in statistics, there are very few who do statistical analysis where needed and that has happened with ECB also (else they would have handled the Pietersen issue much better). Consider that Englands' rise to number 1 began in 2008/2009, and then lookup KPs performance from Jan 2009 onwards. In this period KP played about 43 Tests (half his career record). While his total average in these 43 tests (48.5) is slightly less than his career average, it is the results he achieved that are startling. Of these 43 Tests England won 22 and KP averaged 65.8! Likewise 12 were drawn where KP averaged 58. It is however where England lost that provides a complete picture. England lost 9 and KP's average in those tests was only 17! So, notably, when KP failed England lost (inlcudes those tests vs Paksitan in the gulf). In my view this whole epsiode has been like a self destruct.

  • bobmartin on August 14, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    @Mukesh Kumar... Sooner or later all players have to be replaced and the new player starts at zero test experience .. just as all innings start on zero no matter how many runs you've scored previously. Those are the facts... The ECB has endeavoured to ease the transition of new players into test match cricket by selecting fringe players for the England Lions. At least through that channel the move from county to test will not be such a huge step. Notwithstanding those facts, there is no certainty that Pietersen would have saved England's bacon in the next test, no more that there is any certainty that the new boys will fail. As has been said many times, cricket is a funny game and can produce some really unexpected results.. as both Indian and Australian supporters found out during the last series against England.

  • Baundele on August 14, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Not getting your best player play is always the management's fault. If there are differences among players in the dressing room, the management should have become pro-active in sorting them out. They failed to do that and now KP and England suffer.

  • xylo on August 14, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    ah... stuart broad is more equal than others. nothing new about it.

  • on August 14, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Do not have the details of the fiasco, but it is a shame that the cricket watching public will be deprived of watching this man perform for England. The game is anyway going through a bad phase with dwindling gates and there is no guarantee that this wont worsen till the sport dies a sad death. He is one of the few crowd pullers and it is tragic that he is being pulled.

  • fsq09 on August 14, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    @sandeep; if u r taking 20 eckts after following on, u surely r winning the test match :P

  • Chalky2 on August 14, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Totally agree with "Scritty", Morgan & Pietersen deserve each other. Two highly inflated egos with no talent in Morgan's instance, and a lot of misguided talent in Pietersen's.

    Drop KP and pay the USA to keep Piers Moron!!

  • subbass on August 14, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Be interesting to see if KP leaving gives the rest of the team a 'boost'. They will be determined to show they can win without him. My view is that KP should be playing though !

  • on August 14, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    @ chapathishot Taking 20 wickets in a Test is necessary to win it, but it would not make much sense if you take 20 wickets after following on, against a team which can also take 20 wickets.

  • scritty on August 14, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    One incobsistent big head with social awareness issues that seem almost to hint at aspergers syndrome - coming out in support of another self absorbed, socially unaware egotist. Quelle surprise!

  • thebrotherswaugh on August 14, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    At least his real mates are sticking by him - none of his team-mates have, which says a lot!! Sounds like ECB have double-standards, but so what, they've paved the way for utter humiliation. Just stick to the IPL for the foreseeable future, once ENG get trounced at Lords and then massacred in IND, they'll probably be begging their only truly gifted batsmen to come back. It's gonna be a yawnfest watching the rest of those rejects bat (apart from Prior), although the steady flow of wickets from Steyn & co. will add some excitement, I guess. SA 2-0, over inside 4-days, barring rain (ENG's one & only hope). Bairstow & Taylor to struggle, but they'll have plenty of company. Swanny to bowl his usual garbage, and the rest of that pedestrian attack will also get maimed. Steyn will get a 10-fer, for sure. Swanny to register at least 150 in the 1st inning, but will literally have to buy his wickets, hope an ATM's nearby. @Hammond: your boy Finn will need trauma conselling once SA go through him!

  • timohyj on August 14, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    man this is really crazy. England really need KP because he brings the X factor that makes the team from a good team to a great one. However, all this started because he thought he was irreplacable and decided to stop playing ODI and still play the T20 WC. If he wasn't so lazy this wouldn't have happened. Are there any other 32 year olds who are to old to play more than 1 format? Look at Sangakara. The guy is 34 and still plays every single match. He was only forced to rest now because he was injured otherwise he would never stop playing. Pietersen needed to be comitted to giving his ll for the team but he wasn't. Also the ECB was so stupidly bull headed in handling the matter. KP was right that he is irreplacable even though he shouldn't have. But the ECB acted like 5 year olds who refused to admit they were wrong. So both sides are at fault here. Pietersen should not have been so pig headed but i'm sure the ECB could have let him play just the T20 WC

  • GeorgeWBush on August 14, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    @cric698. I could not agree more, although the twitter comments were not all that funny. I have some sympathy with KP over the schedule concerns. I wish he would stop listening to people like Piers Morgan, hardly a person likely to avoid controversy. The fact of the matter is that KP undermined his employers authority and he has a track record of causing significant disruption in the team setup. He did after all force the ECB to sack Peter Moores and call for Flower to go to. KP needs to apologise (in private) and then keep his head down and mouth shut. Let everything blow over and the dust settle. I will be very surprised if he has played his last game for England but he cannot undermine Strauss or Flower and expect to keep his place in the team. That You tube video interview he released, despite being asked not to by his employer, was appallingly ill-advised. No doubt Piers Morgan had a part to play in that.

  • Sarthak1305 on August 14, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    The whole Pietersen saga gives a completely different meaning to " Technology interfering with the sport" now doesnt it?

  • on August 14, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    So it's Notts that's all behind this and have been for years, why am I not surprised. Solution - Nottinghamshire's first class status to be revoked for a period of three years for the continued failure to respect, uphold and enforce the Spirit of Cricket to the detriment of Cricket in general and England in particular. Messers Broad and Swann can then take up cricketing careers in New Zealand, Zimbabwe or Bangladesh. Both England and their adopted country would be stronger for it.

  • on August 14, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Jonny Bairstow just the kid for international cricket you can't just replace a 7076 scored run with a new one of international world of cricket this is test cricket not 20-20 or county cricket where daily a new star born and born star dies

  • on August 14, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Completely agree with Pushkar Singh.

  • Gmale on August 14, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    @jb633.Couldn't have written this better. You are spot on buddy about Piers Morgan and KP's best course. Piers is a chum who does not have any stand out skills so just kisses up to celebs all the time. When he gets on the tv at 8 pm CDT each night my wife and I air some chosen words and change the channel. I don't care that much about Strauss and Prior..they might have a nice reputation but at the end of the day they are players and humans and maybe a tad jealous of KP's talent &celeb status. Not saying KP is flawless but like you said all he needs to do is sit down with Andy Flower and assess the situation based on that discussion. If he gets to play for England well and good, otherwise move on and ply your trade in T20. It's a big cricketing canvas these days and guess what - life is bigger...don't believe me ask Chris Gayle

  • 12thUmpire on August 14, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Good advice for KP, NeelV on (August 14 2012, 11:53 AM GMT). "No person is bigger than the game". Brian Lara had to be reminded as much, it was Ali Bacher on the eve of a WI tour of SA. Why no one suggests that Morgan play for Ireland?…I mean Piers. Did Morgan "somehow" get the actual text in question?

  • biggyd on August 14, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    unbelievable that they couldn't work out a contract for him. if you're this good, you get special treatment. use it as an incentive for merely good players. see kallis & tendulkar. old boy ecb - this series loss is on you. x form nz

  • on August 14, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    I do like how Eoin Morgan - the other jumped up, over-rated member of the England batting lineup - is the first to throw his gauntlet down. Broad and Hales clearly had nothing to do with it and - even if they did - it's just banter anyway. Absolute sensationalist nonsense. The ECB are so firmly in the right here it's not even funny.

  • iHitWicket on August 14, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    None of this would have happened if the England administration weren't so much of cry babies when it came to IPL. Perhaps they should be on look for another Mr.Stanford - with bags full of cash. Pathetic.

  • StaalBurgher on August 14, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    @chapathishot - Who is the next Saffer in line for the England team btw?

  • Riderstorm on August 14, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Why Piers Morgan? Why? ECB is the sole authority on this whole issue. You've just added fuel to the fire. KP may be right in his own place. But, at this point of time if playing intl' cricket for England is his priority then compromising is the way to go. If you keep fighting, KP will end up losing his england place. I don't see KP playing this year's world T20 in SL. Its a lot of communication gap to cover in the small amount of time. I hope KP calms down and wait for the right time to set things right. It's no use fighting a lost battle with mistakes on your end KP. Whoever might have instigated this issue first.

  • heathrf1974 on August 14, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    What a circus. Andy Flower must be pulling out his hair.

  • sust2001 on August 14, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    @ Pushkar Singh: Thanks for your nice comments. I feel proud too with you to appreciate a special talent like KP. Only ECB authority can save his golden career with proper investigations and to include him in the England T20 team. Without KP's support, it would be difficult for Struss to balance test result with SA. My heartfelt support stands for KP and all the best wishes for his future career.

  • dabhand on August 14, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    and for those that think KP is the be all and end all - to win you have to score more runs and (generally) take more wickets than the other team - I've yet to see anyone, including KP, make all the runs and take 20 wickets.

    Those who want to keep KP at all costs do not realise what it could cost, England lose the next test they lose #1, they could regain that reasonably quickly, break up the entire team just to pander to KP's ego and English cricket could be in the wilderness for years.

    But then, perhaps that would suit the agenda of correspondents from those countries who would still be below England.

  • StaalBurgher on August 14, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    What did I say?! Sally Broad is involved in contributing to the tension that has escalated over the years that has led to this debacle.

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on August 14, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    @cric698 on (August 14 2012, 12:44 PM GMT) - hear, hear! First really sensible thing said all day. The text messages were PRIVATE messages, not a public Twit account, so should be irrelevant anyway (though I'd love to know who leaked them to the press... if, as seems likely, it was one of the SA players, they've certainly achieved what they set out to do - upset the England team and in doing so dismissed the one batsman who has shown he can really hurt them!) KP needs to choose his text buddies more wisely - and whilst I agree with his sentiments on this occasion, Piers Morgan doesn't warrant being being anyone's "friend". The whole England team and management should sit in a room together and thrash out their differences once and for all - then agree to unite as a TEAM and do what they do best, which is to play cricket. They are still an excellent side but have no chance of beating a superb SA team unless they are ALL at the very top of their game and sadly Jonny B is not KP!

  • Dewanrahman on August 14, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    let me tell u one thing clearly if KP gets chance to play T20 worldcup he wont able to performe as he wanted coz of the dilemma going on now. So plz stop all dramas and come to an end ASAP.

  • on August 14, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    what the hell is going on....lol

  • on August 14, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    If Jonny Bairstow makes a hundred in this next test match, all of this talking will be over. The question is will he, when he obviously struggles playing the short ball!

  • chapathishot on August 14, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @cricketloverw12: Lots of other guys waiting from south africa ,Ireland etc.to play for England LOL

  • on August 14, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Can not believe some one has said broad and swann should be dropped, xolile it takes twenty wickets to win test matches and i am quite sure Broad and Swann have done as much as KP on a regular basis, a more regular basis KP tends to have one big innings a series and one tantrum like the spoiled child he is how many dressing rooms have had enough of him ,Natal , Notts , Hants how long before he upsets Surreys dressing room .

  • jb633 on August 14, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Who cares about what Piers Morgan has to say. If ever there was a man to jump to the defence of a spoilt brat it would be Piers Morgan. Recently he tweeted that he was dissapointed that Bradley Wiggins was not seen to be singing the national anthem, only for Wiggins to respond that he was dissappointed that Morgan was not in prison for his phone hacking involvement lol. KP does not need the likes of Morgan backing him up as it will obly make his position worse. KP just listen to Flower, he knows what he is doing and is very fair.

  • Meety on August 14, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Far out! If England come away from this with anything better than a respectable loss, it will be a minor miracle!

  • on August 14, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    For all those who underestimate KP's importance in this english team let me explain what this english team is without KP. One ordinary batsman (read strauss), two dour batsmen (cook & trott), a talented but perennial underperformer (bell), an adequate wk, decent seam attack and a good but not very fit spinner. Hardly the stuff the champions are made of or a world beater side, more like a competent outfit, much like NZ in the 90s. One man makes this team great and now that man is out of this team because ECB cannot even manage its players. High time KP gets his due as the premier batsman currently playing cricket and flower realises that there is nothing wrong in customized contracts and one size doesnt fits all. And before everyone starts talking about my country, I am an Indian and huge admirer of test cricket and proud myself on the ability to appreciate a special talent like KP.

  • bluebillion on August 14, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Lol. Proper teenage drama queen stuff this. This cricket "team" does not deserve to be number one. Making a joke of the game. These jokers will be thrashed at Lords, pumelled in World T20 and humiliated in India.

  • gerrardl on August 14, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Oh man this is hilarious... and totally out of control. Such a good laugh. Just feel horrible for Kevin. He is a wonderful player, doesn't deserve to be treated this way.

    But, with friends like Piers Morgan who needs enemies!

    Broad is England's golden boy, can do no wrong it seems. Also not surprised he is involved in all this. Highly overrated cricketer.

  • cric698 on August 14, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Oh leave the guy alone, whoever he is. Seems you cant even have a joke anymore without all the media and KP loosing the plot.

    It was a very funny twitter account, nothing nasty was said...so wheres the problem?

    Cant wait for this all to end, it gettinng very tedious. KP please just apologise, you can then come back, and everyone can do what there paid to do...play cricket

  • on August 14, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    English dressing room and governing body's approach do not seem to be as rosy as as it should be for certain players!!

  • kensohatter on August 14, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    There is no factual proof that any english player was involved here but would it really be suprising if there were? Peterson has done himself no favours in the team with his selfish attitude and cockiness.

  • 200ondebut on August 14, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    The plot thickens!!! SA management say he did not send derogatory texts and now, rather than the insitgator of dressing room unrest, he is the victim. Shane Warne blames poor management on behalf of the ECB, a view shared by Sky circket pundits. ECB have previously been held to ridicule about their fawning over Alen Standford and now this. KP will make his milions - I just hope he does so in an England shirt.

  • cricketloverw12 on August 14, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    KP and his 'good' friend Piers Morgan. How lovely. Look fellas, it is time to GROW UP! The parody twitter account is a bit of fun; the whole KP 'I love playing for England - when it suits me' saga is not fun. If he wants to end his England career, he just needs to carry on in exactly the same way. There are lots of other guys waiting for their chance. Let's hope James Taylor grabs his with both of his very capable hands. Have a great Test, England!

  • kingcobra85 on August 14, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    well about grame swann writing about pieterson in autobiography and other cricketers following the parody account. Anyway you can easily find the people who have created the fake account if you want too.Piers Morgan for PM.

  • bartk on August 14, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @RFC73 ... South Africa never poached Imran Tahir , he was a "journey man cricketer" applying his trade from season to season around the world to make a living. He met a SA girl and got married to her ! He probably would have ended up playing for England had that not happened ! :)

  • creekeetman on August 14, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    the english players are simply jealous and apparently obsessed with kp... not hard to see why.

  • on August 14, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Piers Morgan should mind his own business. It is unhelpful and unfair on the team for him to do this. We have enjoyed a good run and are still a good team but our performances will not be helped by his comments. Piers, stick to tabloid journalism which your style is suited to.

  • on August 14, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    So unless Broad, Swann and Hales prove themselves not guilty, will they also be sacked?

  • NeelV on August 14, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Its very possible that current and prior England players are jealous of KP's success (its not just about IPL).

    Everybody is human and makes mistakes, but when mistakes are committed to cause harm out of jealousy, that is the biggest failing of our moral character.

    No person is bigger than the game. That goes both ways. Not just towards KP.

    Look at what the West Indies did to Gayle and deprived world cricket. The same story is repeating in England. However, this time it seems like more at the behest of players ganging up against another out of jealousy.

    Its a shame that we cannot expect better behavior from what we call role models. They are supposed to be professionals.

  • bobmartin on August 14, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Stoking up rows is how Morgan makes his living.. and with his friendship ... sorry "close friendship" with Pietersen .. KP is only likely to become even more disliked than he is at present. To paraphrase the old saying.. with friends like that you can only gather more enemies...

  • 777aditya on August 14, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    this just keeps getting better!

  • on August 14, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    The SPORT must havesome kind of order . It Just cannot have some players world wide mouthing off at their bosses . Not good for the public Country and youngsters world wide . A strong message must be sent . So players be aware of your "bad" actions and don't fall by the wayside like AFARDI. GAYLE and now Pietersen . I am with all sportting ruling bodies' who do take a "positive'" stand in runing the business of sports .

  • on August 14, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Morgan should stick to what he knows about, I.e village cricket and celebrity inane gossip .

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 14, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Piers Morgan owns the parody Twitter account. He wants to play for England...

  • BellCurve on August 14, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    It's worse than high school. You target someone, toeing the line of what is legal/acceptable. Then you wait for the target to blow up. Then you take the moral high ground. Appalling. But politically a sound strategy.

  • on August 14, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    And may I also endorse Just Out's request that we now give attention to Andrew Strauss, about to play in his 100th test match. Well said. Good luck Andrew and the Engalnd team.

  • Uppercut07 on August 14, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    u know westindies in 80s and ponting's aussies got taken out by other teams from their thrown, but not england :D they r doing it themselves, shooting themselves in the foot loool, kamakazi!!!!!!!!!!!

  • satish619chandar on August 14, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Lol.. Lots of stuffs coming on this rather than the match itself.. Absolute thriller going on folks.. Call on detectives.. Next thing i want to know is, what is in the derogatory text that KP was meant to be sent and how it came to ECB's notice..

  • bobmartin on August 14, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    "Morgan, a close friend of Pietersen" I think that says enough for the ECB to completely alienate itself from all with contact with Pietersen... I'm only surprised by the fact that Max Cliffors isn't involved as well !!!

  • on August 14, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Hahaha.. this is a genuine soap.. so much drama cause by just a parody account..

  • JustOUT on August 14, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Also... we want to see a well written article on our Captain courage Mr. Smith's achievement of MOST-CAPPED TEST CAPTAIN IN THE GAMES HISTORY. What a sportsman he is...

  • keptalittlelow on August 14, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Piers Morgan is nothing more than a tabloid editor. Well well well Focus on winning the third Test at Lords? focus what focus? Yes there is a focus by the English Cricketers and the ECB towards one individual called KP!! What a sad state of affairs by the so called Number one team in the world.

  • Kitschiguy on August 14, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Ha! Like anyone care what Piers Morgan says.

  • on August 14, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    I think the ECB will welcome Piers Morgan's interjection. Because of the increasing level of comments coming from parties not directly connected to the matter, which in no way help the team's stability, the ECB surely has little choice other than to leave KP out of the squads for the forthcoming T20 and winter tours until this ridiculous furore subsides. It is all far too distracting. Lest we all forget, KP was the prime instigator of this nonsense which has been simmering under for years not months.

  • JustOUT on August 14, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Cricinfo.. pls dont waste your time & space publishing articles on non-cricket guy. It really doesn't make any sense in this website and moreover getting worse than better. Struass is going to play his 100th test and as a cricket lover we don't see any article on this feet of him. It looks like, even if SA wins and ranked No.1, all this Pieterson stuffs will overcome the game results. Lets focus on the 3rd test and bring out all the stats. Publish some articles on monumental batting from Smith, Mc Kenzie and Amla during 2008 tour to avoid innings defeat at lords.

  • RFC73 on August 14, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    As I have said before didn't SA poach Imran tahir because their only - ahem- spinner was Paul harris? get off the moral high ground...

  • PlanetGeli on August 14, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Whoever wrote the line "Plus, I'm batting with a child" should be immensely proud of themselves for making Twitter worth reading (for the first and only time).

  • unregisteredalien on August 14, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    And the funny just keeps on coming. @dsig3, you nailed it.

  • Hira1 on August 14, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    double standards by ECB, its not only Morgan but surely more people will speak up on KP behalf now............ECB in lots of trouble

  • WilliamFranklin on August 14, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    @dsig3 except the test rankings, Ashes, India and world T20 you mean?

  • on August 14, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Kevin should focus his time and effort on cricket and stop being so insecure about what others have to say. People in the limelight will always be targeted - rise above it and do what you do best (entertain people with your batting prowess).

  • disco_bob on August 14, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Like it or not, England would never have got to number one without him, much less would they have had any Ashes success had it not been for KP's historic innings at the Oval which is where it all began.

  • WilliamFranklin on August 14, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Amazing the furore a twitter parody account has caused. Pietersen is (or was)not alone in having one.

    As Piers Moron, any chance we can take away his UK Passport and deny him any return?

  • billatbasing on August 14, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    The ECB Contract will need to ban players from using Twitter, Texts or Facebook.

  • BellCurve on August 14, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    If there is a rift between Swann/Broad and Pietersen, then Swann/Broad should be dropped, as they are far less valuable to the team. Clearly the ECB and the two Andies will not do this, but prefer to hit the self-destruct button. It is marvelous to watch.

  • Hammond7249 on August 14, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Of course, now that we have the moronic "Twitter" no one has to talk face-to-face anymore. Why don't people put their mobile phones away and just play (or watch) cricket?

  • on August 14, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    this is childish to say the least

  • Selassie-I on August 14, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Morgan... Why are you getting involved and spreading rubbish. Half of this is the tabloids fault. I guess if there is no story then you have to amke one don't you? when will the tabloids be happy, when they have ruined everything good about sport in the UK?

  • dsig3 on August 14, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    This is getting too funny. If the Saffers dont wipe the Eng away in the next test they should hang their heads in shame. The empires XI are an absolute shambles. England should be more careful who they poach from other countries. A team of mercenaries will be champions of nothing!

  • Yevghenny on August 14, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    What an embarrassing mess England find themselves in. The ECB have been terrible to Pietersen, Pietersen has been terrible in his conduct, and this ridiculous twitter account has embarrassed themselves along with several England team mates. Absolutely ridiculous, it shouldn't just be KP that suffers

  • RFC73 on August 14, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    WHAT buisness is it of Piers Moron? SHUT UP it has NOTHING to do with you!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 14, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    I hardly think that a Piers Morgan, a man exposed as he was at the Leverson inquiry into press ethics, has anything to add to this now closed chapter in Pieterson's life. Morgan loves the headlines to sell his next book.

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  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 14, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    I hardly think that a Piers Morgan, a man exposed as he was at the Leverson inquiry into press ethics, has anything to add to this now closed chapter in Pieterson's life. Morgan loves the headlines to sell his next book.

  • RFC73 on August 14, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    WHAT buisness is it of Piers Moron? SHUT UP it has NOTHING to do with you!

  • Yevghenny on August 14, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    What an embarrassing mess England find themselves in. The ECB have been terrible to Pietersen, Pietersen has been terrible in his conduct, and this ridiculous twitter account has embarrassed themselves along with several England team mates. Absolutely ridiculous, it shouldn't just be KP that suffers

  • dsig3 on August 14, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    This is getting too funny. If the Saffers dont wipe the Eng away in the next test they should hang their heads in shame. The empires XI are an absolute shambles. England should be more careful who they poach from other countries. A team of mercenaries will be champions of nothing!

  • Selassie-I on August 14, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Morgan... Why are you getting involved and spreading rubbish. Half of this is the tabloids fault. I guess if there is no story then you have to amke one don't you? when will the tabloids be happy, when they have ruined everything good about sport in the UK?

  • on August 14, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    this is childish to say the least

  • Hammond7249 on August 14, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Of course, now that we have the moronic "Twitter" no one has to talk face-to-face anymore. Why don't people put their mobile phones away and just play (or watch) cricket?

  • BellCurve on August 14, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    If there is a rift between Swann/Broad and Pietersen, then Swann/Broad should be dropped, as they are far less valuable to the team. Clearly the ECB and the two Andies will not do this, but prefer to hit the self-destruct button. It is marvelous to watch.

  • billatbasing on August 14, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    The ECB Contract will need to ban players from using Twitter, Texts or Facebook.

  • WilliamFranklin on August 14, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Amazing the furore a twitter parody account has caused. Pietersen is (or was)not alone in having one.

    As Piers Moron, any chance we can take away his UK Passport and deny him any return?