England news July 28, 2012

Pietersen linked with BBL deal

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Kevin Pietersen is believed to be considering a deal to play in the Big Bash League, with Melbourne Renegades and both Sydney sides - the Sixers and the Thunder - hoping to secure his signature.

According to reports in the Sydney Morning Herald, Cricket Australia is also considering employing Pietersen, the England Test batsman, in an ambassadorial role to help promote the competition. Such a move would help circumvent the league salary cap, with Shane Warne employed on a similar basis during the last BBL.

"We're aware that he is interested and we're aware that a couple of teams at least are talking to him, and we're very hopeful that he will sign with a team and play after Christmas," Mike McKenna, Cricket Australia's commercial general manager and the project manager of the BBL, said. "He is definitely one of the top three or four global cricket stars at the moment. He's an explosive batsman, can bowl, and he would bring a charisma to the Big Bash League that would excite us and excite the fans.

"The teams have a salary cap and it's up to them to make sure he's being paid well enough to justify him coming here to play; the issue for us is whether there's a role he can play in promoting the Big Bash League."

Pietersen, player of the tournament when England won the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean in 2010, announced his retirement from limited-overs international cricket at the end of May, citing a desire to rest and spend more time with his family. He was subsequently omitted from the 30-man preliminary squad for this year's World T20 - though he can be added to that squad without any complication up until August 18.

While England have no Test commitments in January - they will be engaged in an ODI tour of India - news that Pietersen is considering playing in the BBL will do nothing to dissuade those who believe his international retirement was motivated more by a desire to earn than a desire to rest. Certainly it would be hard to square his comments with his actions: Pietersen has taken several opportunities to criticise England's hectic international schedule and, only a few weeks ago, he insisted "I'm not playing the Big Bash".

Since then it also has emerged that he told the ECB that he would like to spend extra time playing in the IPL (which runs from April 3 to May 26 in 2013), threatening his involvement in next May's Test series between England and New Zealand.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • zenboomerang on July 31, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    @JG2704... It may sound as if I'm defending KP, but its a few points that even the Professional Cricketers Association fully endorse & why they want the ECB to change its contract system... Looking at your schedule - 2012 Jan to early Apr - cricket; May to Christmas - cricket (no breaks) then one small break in India between different formats; 2013 Jan to Mar - cricket... Then a 2 Test series against NZ in Eng, after just completing a full series tour in NZ... For me, the ECB is just filling up the year; CA is no better & wouldn't be surprised if the BBL interferes with the next Ashes in Oz... KP wouldn't be looking for a BBL gig if the ECB hadn't dumped him from your T20 team... PS: why didn't the ECB address KP's concerns 20 mths ago & come to a workable agreement? - just didn't seem such a big a deal to Aussies who are more flexible... At the end though, we all realise that KP is a maverick :) ...

  • zenboomerang on July 31, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @ PureTom... Obviously haven't read the above article, along with the self prescribed expert... lol... If KP gets signed up he will likely get a fair percentage of what Warney got last summer, which was "mega bucks" as a BBL promoter... Time will tell, but it will be much more than the BS pocket money as others claim...

  • Meety on July 30, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @ PureTom - good point, I don't think the BBL would interest KP on the grounds of money, as unless he bags some sort of 3rd party sponsorship, the contract would almost be pocket money.

  • JG2704 on July 30, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Trickstar - Very vocal there. Re the article in which Flower says about KP having the WI series off try "Flower concern over Pietersen role" on the search bar. KP said "With the intensity of the international schedule and the increasing demands on my body, I think it is the right time to step aside and let the next generation of players come through to gain experience for the World Cup in 2015," and then stuff about not being looked after etc and then he talks about wanting to give the NZ test series a miss to play a full IPL - please don't say you didn't read that. Re him lying - well he said he wanted time off from cricket and it turns out it's to play more cricket which kind of contradicts the above quote. And I've not heard KP deny any of these things which surely a person with his personality would if they were untrue. Time will tell what KP does. BTW in my post I put "If true" re KP playing the Big Bash and contradicting him wanting rest time although I know what I believe

  • PureTom on July 30, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Would KP really earn that much more? Yes I know his first IPL deal was insane, but those kind of deals for non-Indians seem to be a thing of the past. Do we really know what he earns playing for England? I can't imagine he earns badly.

    I think the problem is more like Juan Pablo Montoya driving for Mclaren, the curse of having a personality in a team environment that is only interested on producing vanilla and towing the party line.

    I'm no KP fan but if you look at the England team there is a serious lack of personality. Stuart Broads sulk and Graeme Swanns quirks are about as good as it gets, otherwise the only flavour on offer is vanilla. Sure, this is almost definitely a result of "media training" and "contractual obligations", but not everyone responds well to having their personailty lobotomised.

    I'm fairly certain that the opportunity for freedom of expression is a far greater pull for KP than money. He doesn't look like he needs to check the couch for change!

  • yetigoat on July 30, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Once England cast this man adrift (hopefully) they will be more settled. And KP can state to the entire universe how bad English cricket has treated him, and that he would've played for England until he was 80 if they had been "more reasonable" in there dealings with him.

  • NanoTechnology on July 30, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    I've been a big Pieterson fan for a long time. I remember staying awake till the early hours listening to his Oval century in 2005, I enjoyed his brief time as captain, and have always supported his sometimes odd attitude. This however is just funny. I simply begin to not care. Retire, cry cry cry, beg to come back, demand more rest... sign up for a foreign comp with tactics to avoid the salary cap. You my friend, are just money hungry. Give his place to Compton. I often felt that Andy Flower needed to handle Pieterson more carefully, but it would appear he was right all along.

  • Trickstar on July 30, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    @JG2704 He may have been asked about BB but so what, they may be trying to sigh him up why wouldn't they, he's one of the best in the world, doesn't mean hes going to play, It will be use by the haters to beat him with though, as you can see here. Where did you get that Flower said he was going to have the whole of the WI one day series off in it's entirety, could you point me to the article where HE said it. I read that they said he was going to get games off but nothing was said ether way about the exact time off he was going to get up to when he retired. What's been proven about him lying, all I keep hearing are articles about he said this, he said that, mostly by cricket journos that hate him and have done for years. I've heard nothing from KP about this, just rumors and hearsay and tbh I don't believe alot of what is going around, bit of a media witch hunt going on atm and most of it is getting lapped up by the England fans but what's new, most of them love to hate

  • on July 30, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    I agree with JB 77. He should move to NZ, qualify to play for them, and be part of their national team. May be, for 5 years or so. By then NZ may unearth enough local talent..... then we can think of yet another country for KP. He is always at a different level; many change "counties", he changes "Countries" !

  • JB77 on July 29, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    I wish he'd just pick a country already. New Zealand could probably use him....

  • zenboomerang on July 31, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    @JG2704... It may sound as if I'm defending KP, but its a few points that even the Professional Cricketers Association fully endorse & why they want the ECB to change its contract system... Looking at your schedule - 2012 Jan to early Apr - cricket; May to Christmas - cricket (no breaks) then one small break in India between different formats; 2013 Jan to Mar - cricket... Then a 2 Test series against NZ in Eng, after just completing a full series tour in NZ... For me, the ECB is just filling up the year; CA is no better & wouldn't be surprised if the BBL interferes with the next Ashes in Oz... KP wouldn't be looking for a BBL gig if the ECB hadn't dumped him from your T20 team... PS: why didn't the ECB address KP's concerns 20 mths ago & come to a workable agreement? - just didn't seem such a big a deal to Aussies who are more flexible... At the end though, we all realise that KP is a maverick :) ...

  • zenboomerang on July 31, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @ PureTom... Obviously haven't read the above article, along with the self prescribed expert... lol... If KP gets signed up he will likely get a fair percentage of what Warney got last summer, which was "mega bucks" as a BBL promoter... Time will tell, but it will be much more than the BS pocket money as others claim...

  • Meety on July 30, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @ PureTom - good point, I don't think the BBL would interest KP on the grounds of money, as unless he bags some sort of 3rd party sponsorship, the contract would almost be pocket money.

  • JG2704 on July 30, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Trickstar - Very vocal there. Re the article in which Flower says about KP having the WI series off try "Flower concern over Pietersen role" on the search bar. KP said "With the intensity of the international schedule and the increasing demands on my body, I think it is the right time to step aside and let the next generation of players come through to gain experience for the World Cup in 2015," and then stuff about not being looked after etc and then he talks about wanting to give the NZ test series a miss to play a full IPL - please don't say you didn't read that. Re him lying - well he said he wanted time off from cricket and it turns out it's to play more cricket which kind of contradicts the above quote. And I've not heard KP deny any of these things which surely a person with his personality would if they were untrue. Time will tell what KP does. BTW in my post I put "If true" re KP playing the Big Bash and contradicting him wanting rest time although I know what I believe

  • PureTom on July 30, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    Would KP really earn that much more? Yes I know his first IPL deal was insane, but those kind of deals for non-Indians seem to be a thing of the past. Do we really know what he earns playing for England? I can't imagine he earns badly.

    I think the problem is more like Juan Pablo Montoya driving for Mclaren, the curse of having a personality in a team environment that is only interested on producing vanilla and towing the party line.

    I'm no KP fan but if you look at the England team there is a serious lack of personality. Stuart Broads sulk and Graeme Swanns quirks are about as good as it gets, otherwise the only flavour on offer is vanilla. Sure, this is almost definitely a result of "media training" and "contractual obligations", but not everyone responds well to having their personailty lobotomised.

    I'm fairly certain that the opportunity for freedom of expression is a far greater pull for KP than money. He doesn't look like he needs to check the couch for change!

  • yetigoat on July 30, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Once England cast this man adrift (hopefully) they will be more settled. And KP can state to the entire universe how bad English cricket has treated him, and that he would've played for England until he was 80 if they had been "more reasonable" in there dealings with him.

  • NanoTechnology on July 30, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    I've been a big Pieterson fan for a long time. I remember staying awake till the early hours listening to his Oval century in 2005, I enjoyed his brief time as captain, and have always supported his sometimes odd attitude. This however is just funny. I simply begin to not care. Retire, cry cry cry, beg to come back, demand more rest... sign up for a foreign comp with tactics to avoid the salary cap. You my friend, are just money hungry. Give his place to Compton. I often felt that Andy Flower needed to handle Pieterson more carefully, but it would appear he was right all along.

  • Trickstar on July 30, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    @JG2704 He may have been asked about BB but so what, they may be trying to sigh him up why wouldn't they, he's one of the best in the world, doesn't mean hes going to play, It will be use by the haters to beat him with though, as you can see here. Where did you get that Flower said he was going to have the whole of the WI one day series off in it's entirety, could you point me to the article where HE said it. I read that they said he was going to get games off but nothing was said ether way about the exact time off he was going to get up to when he retired. What's been proven about him lying, all I keep hearing are articles about he said this, he said that, mostly by cricket journos that hate him and have done for years. I've heard nothing from KP about this, just rumors and hearsay and tbh I don't believe alot of what is going around, bit of a media witch hunt going on atm and most of it is getting lapped up by the England fans but what's new, most of them love to hate

  • on July 30, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    I agree with JB 77. He should move to NZ, qualify to play for them, and be part of their national team. May be, for 5 years or so. By then NZ may unearth enough local talent..... then we can think of yet another country for KP. He is always at a different level; many change "counties", he changes "Countries" !

  • JB77 on July 29, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    I wish he'd just pick a country already. New Zealand could probably use him....

  • warneneverchuck on July 29, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    @getsetpk. even yor players r keen to play IPL but they r not getting chance

  • JG2704 on July 29, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    @zenboomerang KP seems to cry wolf with little justification. He cited that he needed more time off from cricket to prolong his test career and then months later he wants to take a break from tests - not to rest and spend time with the family but to play IPL and now during a rest period he wants to play other T20 tourns. I don't really have a problem with him wanting to maximise his earning potential while he can but he is claiming he is being overworked and is then seeking MORE work. Also Flower said he was to have the whole of the WI OD series off so KP is certainly getting no less time off that our players who play all the 3 fmts. You seem sceptical (about him having the WI series off) but the fact that KP is already proven to be lying about his reasons for having time off would have me believing Flower every day of the week. I'd still love to have him playing for Eng but just don't see it as workable. PS my PS somehow got published before this one

  • hhillbumper on July 29, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Bye KP.You could have been a great player but the ego was just too big to allow you to remain in a team atmosphere for lone.Fell out with Notts and Hants so England should be easy>Not been the same since made Captain and expect him to go home for good soon.Still better than any of the current Aussie line up though

  • threeslipsandagully on July 29, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Laughable comments from RandyOZ and jonesy2 as usual. Considering some of the joke batsmen in the Australian top six, Pietersen would walk into the Aussie side even on his worst day. I remember hearing that he seemed detached from the rest of the side at the Oval against SA, so like others I get the feeling we won't be seeing too much more of Kevin Pietersen in an England shirt. However contrary to the obnoxious comments made by the aforementioned posters, there are plenty of talented batsmen on the county circuit who would jump at a chance to play tests for England.

  • Master01 on July 29, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    KP should just play IPL, in a country where the fans actually understand cricket and have been watching cricket before 2005. He's much better appreciated by proper cricket fans

  • getsetgopk on July 29, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Like I said in the beginning of this saga, this thing is going to end ugly, the current SA series might just as well be his last test series, let him get applause from the dusty IPL crowd, he deserve it.

  • jonesy2 on July 29, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    derpherp -- no he didnt he was one of most of the poms who got dropped for being a ordinary player.

  • Vilander on July 29, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    English fans need to know one thing, KP is your best. He has the most respect from other country fans, because he is the one guy who stands up and fights in all of english line up when they tour away. You can not wish away a star player just because you dont need him now.

  • PACERONE on July 29, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    There was another South African that was believed to have betrayed England..Tony Greig.Basil D'Oliveira did not.KP thinks that he can do whatever he wants too and in these times he most likely can.The governing boards are out of touch with players,so players that have the power to enhance their financial situation just do it.Terry Packer changed cricket and there will be more changes if the cricket boards do not come to their senses.

  • on July 29, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    For those of you who don't follow the UK county scene, two years ago KP departed Hampshire (his third county) without another lined up, stating that Hampshire was too far from his home in London (about an hour and a half's drive, for those interested) and seemed to have no interest in going to a new county. He implied heavily that he wanted to be an England player only.

    Flower put his foot down and said KP MUST have a county in order to play for England. KP was all shades of 'not happy' about this, but eventually signed for Surrey.

    I think the writing was on the wall then.

  • kensohatter on July 29, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Andy Flower and the English board need to send a very strong message here and use KP as an example that this kind of disloyalty will not be tolerated in the national set up. Either you want to play for your country or you do not. I have no issue with players riding off into the sunset playing a few seasons of 20/20 to set up their families but the english board would have invested very heavily in KP and now he is selling them short.... Could be cause he has no allegiance to England but by keeping him in the national set up you essentially accept that behaviour by future cricketers.

  • Meety on July 29, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    @Chris_P - I agree on the "booing" I dunno if it was directed squarely at him - just the ENTIRE England team! I think the biggest "issue" people are having atm, is that he felt there was too much cricket, but he is going to be playing when he could be at home with his young family. Neither decision is wrong, just could be construed as hypocritical.

  • on July 29, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    In my honest Kiwi opinion KP is not really that good or as good as he would like people to think he is in the short formats of the game and Eng has plenty of talent to fill his spot with ease. Sooner he is out of the headlines for what he is doing off the pitch and in the headlines for what he is doing on the pitch the better. i hope SA bowlers beat him up in the coming test matches

  • Chris_P on July 29, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Am I missing something? Unless England have an overseas tour commitment, KP playing T20 in the off season is a good money earner for him. I think you guys are a little hard on him, he is fiercely proud to be playing for the Poms, he is one of the most gifted batsmen in world cricket (in any form). He still wanted to play T20 for England but due to regulations by the ECB cannot. Not sure about him being booed every venue, I went to the Gabba & he got a good reception there, by & large he is widely respected as a cricketer, very much so. The BBL only goes for a few weeks anyway, so it is a good fit for him. But this is from a view from afar, so I might be missing something here.

  • derpherp on July 29, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    come on raise the salary cap, its no where near where it could be, BBL has potential and @jonesy2 what are you talking about no pommies can get a game? Michael Lumb opened for the 6ers the entire season he was there.

  • JG2704 on July 29, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    @Meety on (July 28 2012, 22:37 PM GMT) It does seem that way? I just can't see how it can go on - him still playing for England

  • JG2704 on July 29, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @Nutcutlet on (July 28 2012, 19:54 PM GMT) KP chose to play for England so do you mean if he could now transfer to play for his birth country - because they look like being the official number 1 side?

  • JG2704 on July 29, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (July 28 2012, 23:24 PM GMT) Listen , there probably are a few Eng fans who don't like the aspect of KP not devoting all his time to England. Personally I'd love him to keep playing for England as he is an immense talent. The issue that I and others have is that he cites "too much cricket" as the reason why he wanted to retire from Eng ODI/T20 cricket and then 1 - as soon as Eng start exceeding his expectations without him , he wants to play the format again and 2 , He now wants to play MORE cricket. If - as it seems - he retired from Eng ODIs etc to maximise his earnings he said as much , while it would be disappointing to lose such an immense player he would at least have our respect for being honest.

  • JG2704 on July 29, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @zenboomerang PS Maybe the T20s and ODIs shouldn't be tied together but that was in the contract when KP signed it? As said previously if we could have had a situation where KP just played T20s then I wouldn't be wholly against it. Maybe they could have had a situation where non test contracted players had to tie both together but test players could choose one or the other. My hunch though is that KP would be making demands even if he was only contracted to play T20s - esp if IPL clashed with an Eng T20 series

  • JG2704 on July 29, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @pommyadders on (July 29 2012, 03:08 AM GMT) I actually have to agree with CM here. KP is box office as a player and crowds of any country will love watching him play. Playing in Eng colours and the Franchise colours are 2 different things

  • Muhtasim13 on July 29, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    So KP, how does 7 weeks of IPL & 5 weeks of BBL correspond to taking a rest from the game?

  • Narkovian on July 29, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Yes. Sooner he leaves English cricket the better. Dressing room will be a happier place and anyway I am fed up with watching him trying his best to look interested in the field, when he is clearly not. Good luck AUS, hope you enjoy it.

  • zenboomerang on July 29, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Good news for the BBL if they get Pietersen - actually said he might join the BBL back when he was sacked from the Eng T20 team (though he tried a roundabout on ODI's later on)... Interesting that the PCA want the ECB to sign a new contract system that allows for fairer work loads for players & give some ground on the IPL window... Its obvious that 20/20 cricket is gaining traction internationally & that calendars will have to be changed to accommodate this - shorter ODI tours would make more sense...

  • simon_w on July 29, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    meh -- as an England fan who's repeatedly defended KP over the years, i've had enough of this, to be honest. i'd just let him go now. he doesn't need Test cricket to command high salaries in the circus maximus any more, and i don't think Test Cricket or England need him any more either (not saying he's not worth a place on form, or anything, just that we're not so desperate that he's worth the baggage, imo). nothing personal, but i'd cut him loose and wish him luck. think we'd all (KP included) be happier that way, wouldn't we?

  • jonesy2 on July 29, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    wouldnt get a game like the other pommy players in the league

  • GeoffBoycottsGrandmother on July 29, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Like the good Aussie he is I know Randy trolls the hell out of us, but if this is true I'm beginning to think he might have a point.

    The situation is a little more difficult than he'd like to admit with Saffers coming to England as kids and growing up here (don't hear him saying too much about Symonds), but maybe it really is time to call time at the bar for the whole South African experiment. Listen to Trott speak - it's ridiculous.

    Time to get back to a team of true-born Englishmen, I'd say.

  • CricFan78 on July 29, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    " Why would the BBL teams weaken their side so much by signing Pietersen? " ----- RandyOz is your brains inside your ankles?

  • on July 29, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    MAY BE in short term.. it can be England's loss.. but in long term.. wid a view of buiding a No.1 team.. Its England Team.. who will be gaining... and dey can replace KP with a Team player.. n upcoming talent can be nurtured...!! such nonsense should not be tolerated ..!!

  • Rafelgibt on July 29, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Here goes the SELFISH cricketer on news again.....Doesn't matter how good player are you ,if you out of national team then certainly you are out of your flow....Look what happen to Symonds, Styris,Hayden,Harbhajhan, Pathan brothers etc.........Once they are out of the national team they failed to do well in t20 games.........Obviously same thing will happen to KP as well........All the best to KP.......Last days are coming by>>>>

  • on July 29, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Re Comment by HAMMOND "KP doesn't seem to be doing much for the England team at the moment. Maybe it is time that we got another batsman to fill his place. He isn't irreplaceable." Im sure theres a couple of South Africans who are keen to play for England .......Still not sure why England allows it - mayb talent is thin - But Im Happy At least it gives more South Africans exposure to Test and International Cricket and deprives English players - as i said not sure why England allows it....i

  • on July 29, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    sydney thunder cant sign him ? LOL they already signed afridi and gayle

  • RandyOZ on July 29, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Do you poms finally realise what we have all been saying all along? These saffers only play for England for the money. I know the talent is thin but still........

  • RandyOZ on July 29, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Why would the BBL teams weaken their side so much by signing Pietersen?

  • pommyadders on July 29, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    @ Cpt Meanster "The Aussie public will love him just as much as the Indian public. " I'm not sure that will be the case at all. At every venue during the last Ashes KP was booed onto the ground when he came out to bat. That's not a criticism of Aussie crowds, we (Eng supporters) gave Ricky Ponting similar curry throughout the series. And KP has been very vocal over the years for his disdain of all things Australian. Not sure why the Aussie public would suddenly take him into their hearts???.....I know we would never accept Ricky Ponting like that. There are certain players that supporters love to hate and I can't ever see there ever being a love affair between the Aussies and KP.

  • Hammond on July 29, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    KP doesn't seem to be doing much for the England team at the moment. Maybe it is time that we got another batsman to fill his place. He isn't irreplaceable.

  • zenboomerang on July 29, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    @JG2704 & @Nutcutlet... A bit tough on your own & prepared to disown a cricketer who is one of the reasons for your rise to no.1 in Test & T20... If you lost him, Eng would be looking for a permanent no.4 & 6... 20 mths ago Pieterson asked for his workload to be reduced - ECB did nothing & after he drops out of ODI's we hear rumours that he was going to be rested for the WI ODI's - lol... Yeah right... Also not playing ODI's in England (13 this summer) would give him much more time with his family... Then the ECB dump him from T20's... In Oz, Clarke, Haddin, Ponting dropped out of T20's without any drama's... Why should T20 & ODI contracts be tied together & also why not Tests?... That being said, I disagree with his wanting to play out the IPL season instead of Tests - maybe sour grapes...

  • Meety on July 29, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    @ Nutcutlet - interesting comments!

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 28, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    I respect KP's decision to do whatever he wants. Not cause I am not an England supporter. I look at it this way, cricket is a lot professional these days especially T20s. The IPL has opened a new spectrum to world players. Sure, money is a major factor but there's more. The fame, the recognition and the adulation of Indian fans come with it. KP was excited when the entire Feroz Shah Kotla stadium chanted his name as he walked in to bat for the Delhi Daredevils. He went on to win the game for Delhi. After the game, he was quoted as saying "it was a special feeling". But when he puts on that England jersey, he lacks enthusiasm, excitement etc. I am not suggesting he lacks the interest to represent England. Perhaps the ECB have disappointed Kevin in some ways. Only Kevin knows what's bothering him. The BBL will offer different perspectives to him. The Aussie public will love him just as much as the Indian public.

  • Meety on July 28, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    @JG2704 - he must be near on impossible to deal with!

  • Nutcutlet on July 28, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Little by little, KP is making himself into a freelance cricketer, unfettered by contractual obligations, beyond that of the next t20 tournament, wherever it is. This position has been the preserve of recently retired international stars (Warne, Gilly) or those in dispute with their home board (Gayle). Should he break his contract with the ECB and put the IPL ahead of next early season's Tests v NZ, then he will surrender any expectation he may cherish of playing Test cricket again - certainly under the current regime. At root, he is an exile, with a thwarted allegiance to his home country. If he were a ship, he would sail under a flag of convenience. If he had honed his sporting skills in another direction, then he would have probably made a wealthy living as a golfer; it would have suited his temperament more. And a third 'if' - had he been allowed to play for SA as he must have dearly wanted to do, then, & only then, he might just have made a team player. Now we shall never know.

  • JG2704 on July 28, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    You've got to hand it to the guy. A few months ago he retires from ODIs/T20s citing too much cricket and all in order to give his test career longevity and now - if this is true - he wants to spend his valuable rest period playing MORE cricket. If I was a betting man I'd say KP plays his last game for England in this series

  • on July 28, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    England's loss, BBL's gain. KP is explosive and one of the best T20 batsmen in the world.

  • on July 28, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    hahahaha england's loss :)))

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  • on July 28, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    hahahaha england's loss :)))

  • on July 28, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    England's loss, BBL's gain. KP is explosive and one of the best T20 batsmen in the world.

  • JG2704 on July 28, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    You've got to hand it to the guy. A few months ago he retires from ODIs/T20s citing too much cricket and all in order to give his test career longevity and now - if this is true - he wants to spend his valuable rest period playing MORE cricket. If I was a betting man I'd say KP plays his last game for England in this series

  • Nutcutlet on July 28, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Little by little, KP is making himself into a freelance cricketer, unfettered by contractual obligations, beyond that of the next t20 tournament, wherever it is. This position has been the preserve of recently retired international stars (Warne, Gilly) or those in dispute with their home board (Gayle). Should he break his contract with the ECB and put the IPL ahead of next early season's Tests v NZ, then he will surrender any expectation he may cherish of playing Test cricket again - certainly under the current regime. At root, he is an exile, with a thwarted allegiance to his home country. If he were a ship, he would sail under a flag of convenience. If he had honed his sporting skills in another direction, then he would have probably made a wealthy living as a golfer; it would have suited his temperament more. And a third 'if' - had he been allowed to play for SA as he must have dearly wanted to do, then, & only then, he might just have made a team player. Now we shall never know.

  • Meety on July 28, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    @JG2704 - he must be near on impossible to deal with!

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 28, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    I respect KP's decision to do whatever he wants. Not cause I am not an England supporter. I look at it this way, cricket is a lot professional these days especially T20s. The IPL has opened a new spectrum to world players. Sure, money is a major factor but there's more. The fame, the recognition and the adulation of Indian fans come with it. KP was excited when the entire Feroz Shah Kotla stadium chanted his name as he walked in to bat for the Delhi Daredevils. He went on to win the game for Delhi. After the game, he was quoted as saying "it was a special feeling". But when he puts on that England jersey, he lacks enthusiasm, excitement etc. I am not suggesting he lacks the interest to represent England. Perhaps the ECB have disappointed Kevin in some ways. Only Kevin knows what's bothering him. The BBL will offer different perspectives to him. The Aussie public will love him just as much as the Indian public.

  • Meety on July 29, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    @ Nutcutlet - interesting comments!

  • zenboomerang on July 29, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    @JG2704 & @Nutcutlet... A bit tough on your own & prepared to disown a cricketer who is one of the reasons for your rise to no.1 in Test & T20... If you lost him, Eng would be looking for a permanent no.4 & 6... 20 mths ago Pieterson asked for his workload to be reduced - ECB did nothing & after he drops out of ODI's we hear rumours that he was going to be rested for the WI ODI's - lol... Yeah right... Also not playing ODI's in England (13 this summer) would give him much more time with his family... Then the ECB dump him from T20's... In Oz, Clarke, Haddin, Ponting dropped out of T20's without any drama's... Why should T20 & ODI contracts be tied together & also why not Tests?... That being said, I disagree with his wanting to play out the IPL season instead of Tests - maybe sour grapes...

  • Hammond on July 29, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    KP doesn't seem to be doing much for the England team at the moment. Maybe it is time that we got another batsman to fill his place. He isn't irreplaceable.

  • pommyadders on July 29, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    @ Cpt Meanster "The Aussie public will love him just as much as the Indian public. " I'm not sure that will be the case at all. At every venue during the last Ashes KP was booed onto the ground when he came out to bat. That's not a criticism of Aussie crowds, we (Eng supporters) gave Ricky Ponting similar curry throughout the series. And KP has been very vocal over the years for his disdain of all things Australian. Not sure why the Aussie public would suddenly take him into their hearts???.....I know we would never accept Ricky Ponting like that. There are certain players that supporters love to hate and I can't ever see there ever being a love affair between the Aussies and KP.