England's Pietersen dilemma

Pietersen likely to be offered ECB contract

Andrew McGlashan

October 2, 2012

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It was a thrilling innings by Kevin Pietersen to lift England, England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 3rd day, August 4, 2012
Are we getting a little closer to seeing this again? © Getty Images

Andy Flower, the ECB team director, is expecting some clarity over the Kevin Pietersen situation to emerge within the next couple of days.*

Pietersen became a free agent on Monday when his ECB central contract expired but he is expected to be offered a new 12-month deal although that it may not mean a swift return to the team.

"The situation is ongoing. I think it's nearing an end now - in a positive way, I hope," Flower said. "There's been a lot of formal communication between the ECB and Kevin, and there will be a press conference I would imagine in the next 36 hours which will enlighten you a little further."

However, Flower hinted that it was too soon to talk about Pietersen's place in the team. "We don't close doors to anyone," he said. "If we get over that first stage first and get some of the formal legal proceedings out of the way, then we'll get on to the cricket thereafter."

Pietersen has been working as TV pundit in Sri Lanka over the last couple of weeks during the World Twenty20 and has held a number of meetings Hugh Morris, the managing director of England cricket, after he was left off the original contract list that was named last month. It is expected that Pietersen will be told to make another public apology to go alongside the private conversations he has had with Alastair Cook, Andy Flower and the former captain Andrew Strauss.

Pietersen has said he will commit to all cricket for England and not play a full IPL - a stance first voiced in his YouTube video the day before he was dropped - having previously retired from ODIs which forced him to quit Twenty20.

However, he is still expected to play for Delhi Daredevils in the Champions League T20 which starts next week and there are a number of Big Bash League franchises interested in signing him and that tournament takes place in December and January. Closer to home an ECB contract will make it simpler for Pietersen to remain on Surrey's books as his salary will be paid by the board.

Pietersen has been on the outside since he was left out of the final Test against South Africa when it was revealed he sent 'provocative' texts to South African players at Headingley. He has since apologised for the messages, although the exact content remains in doubt as there is no physical evidence.

With the ECB suits appearing ready to sign-off on Pietersen's return it is now a question of how Flower will feel about the situation and how soon he believes Pietersen can be brought back into the fold. Given that the Test squad for the India series has already been named that appears too soon, but there are two Twenty20s before Christmas and the one-day leg afterwards which are both possibilities although the tour of New Zealand may provide a cleaner starting point.

*This is an updated version of a story posted on October 1

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Posted by Hira1 on (October 3, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

I didn't understood one thing, Were ECB, Flower and Broad seriously thought that they could win the T20 WC without KP?...that after the failure they immediately took the U turn and got him in .....feel sorry for Hales, Bairstow, Butler and even Morgan they were so much under pressure since the start, its not because they were playing the big tournament for the first time (not morgan) but because the management was searching for KP replacement among them.........any ways hope all is sorted out and I am too excited for KP to play in India and beat them...good luck KP and welcome back!

Posted by Gevelsis on (October 3, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Amusing how almost all the vitriolic KP bashers, formally so adamant in their condemnation are now so conspicuous by their absence from this discussion.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

@Ashley Brackstone, cricket wins in the end, does it? Well it now appears that winning is the ONLY thing that matters! Decency and self respect seem to be totally forgotten and it's anther step closer to Football!!!!

Posted by Pathiyal on (October 3, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

miss you so much, but see you for champions league.

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (October 3, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

@RednWHiteArmy - In fact its Hugh Morris, Jimmy Anderson, Swann, Broad and co who should apologise to the fans. They have the same amount of guilt in this saga and Hugh Morris may be guilty of also taking sides.

Posted by brusselslion on (October 3, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster: Presumably in the interests of fairness and 'democracy', you would agree that each individual who is centrally contracted to England is given the option to pick and choose precisely which England matches they want to play in? Practionally, not only would be such a system be unworkable next season - England have home Test matches against NZ in May - but I thought that the whole point of centrally contracting players was that the management could decide which, and how many, matches they want each individual to play in?

Posted by JG2704 on (October 3, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

@maximum6 on (October 02 2012, 15:16 PM GMT) Agreed that he has apologised to Strauss but it seems that all his apologies are forced and meaningless. Why not come forward and apologise straight away or if he felt he had nothing to apologise for why not come forward to put his point of view across? The texts might be old hat but was that not the issue which led to him being discarded? Re apologising for dropping a guy who just scored 149 it was not a form reason why he was dropped.I bet he didn't apologise to ECB for being so poor in the UAE test series. Insinuations about him being a mercenary - well is that not untrue ? and re players saying stuff in public about him - are we talking Swann in the book or what KP believes players has said about him on that Twitter account? Please publish this time. Nothing factually untrue and we all should be allowed an opinion.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

This is KP effect. England team was like looking like spineless champions in this WC. High time the ECB settles the matters and they have to make sure they don't humiliate KP by asking him to make apology in the public, because, the things happened inside the dressing room and between the team should be held within the walls.

Posted by Baundele on (October 3, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Good timing by Flower. Now everyone will talk about KP, and not about England's TEAM performance in the WT20.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

Cricket wins in the end... Would be good to have KP back in the English colours.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (October 3, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

KP must be back in Eng team we like KP...good wishes for KP from Pak fans.

Posted by themightyfenoughtys on (October 3, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

Actually not too upset that he missed playing in the event, because his commentary has been so good. Always liked his batting, now, having watched him on TV, like him as a person too - much more intelligent than i expected. Him and Sourav have been a great partnership.

Posted by ashguru1234 on (October 3, 2012, 1:58 GMT)

come on KP..we r waiting for u..england team not balance without u...come back soon..good luck KP(Sri Lankan Cricket Fan)

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

after poor performance ecb flower and english fan come to know value of kp.... funny but true...

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (October 3, 2012, 0:22 GMT)

Only if you stop being such a drama queen would you be welcomed back into MY England team..After you'd apologised properly to the fans, that is.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 2, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

@subbass: Yes, but the ECB needs to remember that KP should have complete freedom in deciding whether to play a full IPL season or not. They cannot bully him in to submission and get away with it. Isn't the UK a democratic nation btw ?

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

Let's cut to the chase here. What Andrew McGlashan (mystifyingly) omitted to mention in his report of the BBC interview conducted between Jonathan Agnew & Andy Flower was that, when asked whether the incipient announcement of a full contract for KP would mean that he'd be shoehorned into the touring party for india, Flower didn't entirely rule it out. While that *might* be excellent news for England, I'm at a loss to understand how KP could possibly be included when one considers that eight specialist batsmen (including Samit Patel) have already been selected. If England go in with Prior at 6 & Patel or Bresnan at 7, that'll mean at least two frontline batsmen twiddling their thumbs during the Tests. Adding KP to the touring party would increase that number to three - which is why it almost certainly ain't gonna happen (regrettably)...

Posted by phoenixsteve on (October 2, 2012, 23:08 GMT)

Lets hope (for the sake of English cricket) that the squabbles are finally over. Alastair Cook said that "time's a great healer" and how right he is! Of course resounding success by England in the T20 WC might have seen a different outcome - or am I just being cynical? Watching England's last game against SL there didn't seem to be any great "team unity" when Samit patel and Swanny were in a desperate last bid to win the game? The flatness in the England dugout was extremely noticable and even got comments on TV? Please .....everybody shake hands and let's get English crciket back where it should be.... ON TOP! Come On England!!!

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

without KP england team looks very very weak......i mean they got no zest,he is a one man moral boosting charismatic symbol of cricket.....he needs to play for CRICKET's sake....i mean , you cant keep him away from this game ...its not fair to cricket

Posted by PACERONE on (October 2, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

It is funny how there is always talk that no one is bigger than the team,well there might be no team without the man.West Indies thought that they could do without Gayle and found out that with him they are a far better team.If you play any game there is always one opposing player that is feared,if there is no such player to take the pressure of lesser players they are bound to fail.KP is suspect to left arm bowlers especially spinners,most teams have one of those in their team that might of been solely for PK.There is no worry about the other batsmen.Teams think that if you get Gayle they are on top or the W.I will falter as they always do.We as cricket lovers were robbed of not seeing KP play.I believe it was due to his team mates been jealous of him.Anderson could not make the team..how good is he?Swann did not provide a win.Broad did not perform well.These players are not in the same class of players as KP. Good to see England fall by the wayside.

Posted by jb633 on (October 2, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

@fr0nt-foot-lunge, you must have too much time on your hands pal.

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 2, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

Irrespective of how good a player is,there are certain lines,that once crossed,cannot be excused IMHO. .dont get me wrong,kp is a fabulous player,but is this how you want other plays coming through the set up to consider as "acceptable behaviour"?

Posted by ZsZs on (October 2, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

I hope ECN will be a bit more humble after the losses and a Champion's Exit without KP.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Welcome KP.....We are eagerly waiting to watch you on field.....English Cricket team is incomplete without you & Its been proved already.....COME BACK PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.........

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

Congratulation....and you are most welcome....without you the England cricket team looks a bit unfortunate.....I am eagerly waiting for.... watching u on field....:)

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

@SureshBravo, exactly why do the IPL win out here? England's players don't play in the IPL and haven't made the semi finals and neither have India who live and breath 20/20 and have the IPL?

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

@ fr0nt-foot_lunge, I hope you're joking! please tell me so! England have NEVER had so much young talent in the County game but what they don't have yet is experience. Hales and Finn did will in the series and they are young and so will the rest if given time and England don't panic like a lot of England fans are doing, after all it was only 20/20.

Posted by SureshBravo on (October 2, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Actually IPL wins here., ECB became a laughable board after SLC.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (October 2, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

As an England supporter, I always wonder why people go on about 'county cricket being the best domestic comp in the land? Surely its not when, the new breed of English cricket has just been found wanting in the T20 world cup. Once again, same old story for English cricketers...we fail to get a semi. Now we have to go back, cap in hand to a south african import to try and bolster our paltry stocks. The travesty that has befallen our domestic comp cant be swept under the carpet any longer, we are simply not producing the talent and no amount hype will change this fact when faced with all the evidence of the past few weeks. I fellow fans, posters and the establishment recognise this fact, our cricket team is on its knees.

Posted by subbass on (October 2, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

I'm fine with him coming back but this is his last chance. He must be prepared to give his all to England as that is what made him when all said and done.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Actually finding it quite comical that Flower/ECB are getting so much blame for this saga without anyone knowing (or at least sharing) the full content of the texts and without knowing/sharing the info of who's saying what in negotiations. At the end of the day , none of this would have happened if KP managed to refrain from texting ill stuff to his SA mates or are Flower and ECB to blame for that too?

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

@Flat_Bully on (October 02 2012, 00:53 AM GMT) Maybe he's not AS shallow as you make out.Or maybe he is as shallow and England pay better wages than you'd imagine

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

@disco_bob on (October 01 2012, 22:59 PM GMT) You are right re that Oval inns vs Australia but in the tight wins in that series I also remember the Harmisson wicket in the test which drew us level and the way Giles and Hoggard saw the game out after our batting line up inc KP collapsed to 7 down in the test where we went 2-1 up.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

@Jimmers on (October 01 2012, 22:25 PM GMT) Personally , I'd have liked this to be sorted out one way or the other by now and ideally have had KP playing in this T20wc and in India. But that hasn't happened. If you have knowledge of how negotiations have been going and what the stumbling blocks are/were then please share it with us. I presume you have this knowledge because you are solely blaming ECB and Flower for this not being sorted out. It could well be ECB/Flower's fault that this is taking so long but when the incident which led to this 1st happened 1 party wanted to speak to the other party and the other party went awol. Which party went awol I ask?

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (October 2, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

How many apologies has KP had to make?? it seems as though the same apology is being made afresh everytime there is an announcement of things being patched up.However i think there is quite a lot of double reporting where we are told something has happened and then hear about it again a month or so later as being current. Weird. this is not just about this matter. i noticed some of the surrey contract renewals wer going through this process too. The main thing is to get the KP thing resolved and him into the Indian series. @ JG2704. I do not think you have always been up to speed re the texts and their content. it is pretty much old hat and KP said there was nothing in them anyway and KP and Strauuss made up. I think the texts were a pretext. Aplologies to KP? Well dropping a guy who has just made 149 seems a good place to start.`The various insinuations about being mercenary. Allowing other players to say stuff in public about him without censure. The list seems big enough to me.

Posted by shillingsworth on (October 2, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

@xylo - There's very little evidence of a 'triumvurate acting against KP', any more than of any malicious intent in the text messages. In all probability, the dispute went much deeper than that. Disputes of this sort are usually only resolved by both sides agreeing to 'eat humble pie', as you put it and your characterisation of it as KP against the world is, in all probability, an oversimplification

Posted by EdwinD on (October 2, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

Bdibbs - I doubt very much that in any work environment you would have been suspended for texting to a friend in another company that your supervisor's work isn't that great when quite obviously that is the case. Regardless, comparing a work environment to the sporting entertainment arena is nonsensical. I'm actually not a great KP fan - I think he's overrated but he should be picked on merit. If, as the argument is taken the 'team' comes first, then perhaps someone should look at the England team results with the 'happy' but Pieterson-less team since late August....

Posted by xylo on (October 2, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Oh humble pie, how I hate thy taste! Even when losing the battle, Flower is trying to establish that he is in charge by demanding a second apology. What is the purpose of that anyway? If the first apology was not enough, just say so, instead of trying to save grace and make it sound like KP is begging for your mercy. Why not get the triumvirate that is operating against KP to publicly declare that they are not against him/sorry for trying to alienate him from the team?

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

Flower eats the humble pie to say the least!!

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (October 2, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

So... KP is back and England have begged and fallen on his feet to get him back and why not....seeing the 'stunning' efforts of the 'outrageously talented new gen of young batsmen' recently especially the disastrous W T20 (mis)campaign ,not to miss out on special mention of their highly amusing (entertaining for sure) display against spinners-'mystery' or otherwise ,a cause of great embarrassment for the English supporters and the laughing stock of the rest(even the Irish,Afghans,Zim and Bangla spinners would be itching to have a go..for sure..)I guess the English will pull all options to 'keep' their star import sated and feel 'import'ant but for how long ?,wait for next IPL and well...here we go again!...few if any more options will remain but you knew that already...

Posted by Nehans on (October 2, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

so flower finally realizes how KP is important for the team or he has realized if he wont bring him in then his own job is at stake

Posted by GHemrajani on (October 2, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Nice win for KP. The Flower power is dwindling. How many losses are England going to take now with Flower still in charge?

Posted by SureshBravo on (October 2, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Wonderful KP brought ECB from the sky to earth. Thats moral victory.

Posted by BDibbs on (October 2, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

Edwin, just like everyone else you have made the mistake of thinking that KP's ability should have some influence on how he is treated, KP is not bigger than the team. If i did what KP has been accused of then i would be suspended from work until it was all sorted out, I dont see how the ECB could have handled this situation any differently. Plus the idea that KP should be able to pick and choose who he plays against for england is just ridiculous beyond belief.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

@Long-Leg on (October 02 2012, 09:50 AM GMT) I wouldn't say you were in the minority as far as England fans go. Re this particular situation - I don't know what KP said in the texts or how negotiations have gone - but to me even since this episode KP doesn't come across as someone who has conducted himself particularly well. To me it seems that his apologies have only been made because he knows it's the only way back for him. We all do and say things in the heat of the moment but why could he not have met up with ECB when all of this first happened and come clean and either explained the texts or apologised? In ECB's position I would have been much more lenient and respectful if that had happened. If he felt he had nothing to apologise for then why even apologise now? To me - and I could be wrong - these apologies lack any spontaneity from a person who was/is genuine.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

@Ben Bradley on (October 02 2012, 07:26 AM GMT) Re "Texts that noone has read and were never meant for public scrutiny" - obviously someone's (ie the person who he sent the texts to) read them haven't they? And I guess they are not meant for public scrutiny , but it's not just the fact that he sent derogatory texts but the fact that he sent them to a member/members of the SA side who they were in the middle of playing a vital series against. If you were the team management , who would be the last person you would want your player to share dressing room disharmony to? Also ECB have always scheduled tests to take place when they do long before IPL came along. We have enough trouble with summer weather as it is , not ECB's fault that our summer clashes with IPL.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 2, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

@maximum6 on (October 01 2012, 23:11 PM GMT) You say that KP has been treated disgustingly by ECB and KP is owed an apology. Please could you elaborate examples of what you mean. I have read your posts and there is obviously huge KP bias to it but unless you know what KP has said behind closed doors - which let's not forget is because of texts which he sent and he has not denied sending - how can you actually judge that ECB are treating him badly? He , himself retired from T20s/ODIs . Obviously you can criticise ECBs policy of having the T20s and ODIs lumped in the same contract but that is the same contract for everyone. Obviously ECB could be being petty etc or could be trying to ensure that there is no repeat of this. Strauss has not okayed it , but has accepted his apology. If it was all so innocent then why did KP go AWOL when he was asked to explain the texts? Surely if you felt there was nothing in the texts you would meet up and give your side of the story.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (October 2, 2012, 11:51 GMT)


Posted by Rajeshj on (October 2, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

well.. then.. so Andy and ECB have finally understood the importance of KP to the England team.. hope they understand his value to the team.. he is a true match winner and his presence could have easily taken them to the Semis... well the tournament itself was deprived of such a colorful character because of the petty mindedness of the selectors and few less-skilled team mates... Its time that ECB acknowledges and recognizes his importance and treat him in a better way..

Posted by EdwinD on (October 2, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

Surely this whole episode could have been avoided by common sense on both sides a long time ago - a fine and 3 match suspension should have sufficed. For Pieterson to have made the texts is churlish but not unforgiveable whilst for the ECB to drop arguably their best player for non-performance reasons reeks of poor management and inflexibility that we have seen from experience with the West Indies Cricket Board, does not work. It's also worth noting that cricket is reliant on individuals far more than say 'team' games as football or rugby. Teams in various sports are littered with individuals who did not get on. As for Pieterson playing in the IPL let him - who else wouldn't want to earn 5 times their annual salary in a month (if that)? He wouldn't be missed as much against the lower quality opposition that the Tests in May provide anyway (2011 - SL, 2012 - WI, 2013 - NZ). I would simply point to the risk he leaves that a new player comes in and establishes himself.

Posted by dsig3 on (October 2, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

This will drag on for a lot longer I am afraid Flower. The show is really about to begin. When England start losing their way in India, there will be calls to parachute KP back into the team. When he finally does come back in, the pressure and scrutiny will make for fascinating viewing. Cant wait.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

this is a good news for KP himself and he is my one of the best batsmen in world cricket right now. But KP is not the only person in UK there are plenty of outstanding players waiting their chances to come in to the team. They get old while playing in county cricket and never see them again. try to give young guns for a chance

Posted by shillingsworth on (October 2, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

@Ben Bradley - 'ECB's bloody-minded scheduling of matches to clash with IPL' - as the ECB can't move summer, the English season has always started in April. The ECB have never asked other countries to move their fixtures to accommodate English domestic competitions. The same principle applies to the timing of the IPL.

Posted by Hammond on (October 2, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

@wablo55- do you seriously think he'll be in the team that quickly? The ECB is actually planning for the ashes. The Indian tour even the T20 world cup are just side shows to the main even next July.

Posted by wablo55 on (October 2, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

"We don't close the door to anyone"....well not when the rest of our team play like club cricketers against spin and we have a tour to India coming up...

Posted by Long-Leg on (October 2, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

I may be in a minority of 1 on these boards, but I think the ECB have got this about right and deserve a lot of credit for their stance. I have followed England since childhood and have been deeply shocked at KPs attitude which has been appalling. As a youth, I wanted to play test cricket for England so much it ached. The idea that any England cricketer would rather play in a foreign domestic league than turn out in a spring test match at Lord's is unthinkable to me. I hope the ECB do not take Pietersen back unless it is entirely on their terms. He must commit himself wholeheartedly to England cricket or stay in the wilderness.

Posted by liz1558 on (October 2, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

There is a lot that has happened over the past six months that has only highlighted how good he is. The demise in form of the team and every other batsman except for him looks like a bad case of vertigo for the former world's best. The only one who has handled the pressure batting-wise is KP - the T20 competition has rammed this home. It's a strange thing because during England's ascent to the top between 2009 - 2011 KP was fairly anonymous, as Cook, Trott, Bell and Prior made all the important runs. It is a staggering turn around that England cannot do without him now. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Posted by Tigg on (October 2, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

For those chuntering about a poor WT20 performance would KP have really altered much? If he'd been around I doubt Wright would have played, and he won us the games we did win.

I think it's time Buttler was sent back to the counties for a bit though. One little blitz in an 11 over slog is not a good record.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

@Benkl: Think he'd need to wait 4 years to re-qualify.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Hi Darren: "it's not just about winning but how you do it!"

Recall the facts. KP's last test -- the one before he was sacked -- did he play badly? unsportingly? No he scored a brilliant counter-attacking 149 and got his best bowling figures ever. The problem is NOT about how KP plays the game. If it were, he would be among the first picked. It's about what goes on OFF the field. Texts that noone has read and were never meant for public scrutiny. Unhappiness in the dressing room which is unlikely to be all KPs fault. And ECB's bloody-minded scheduling of matches to clash with IPL -- unlike other national CBs. I was not aware that Cricket Rules -- or truisms -- extend to off-field activities, or not since the era of Gentlemen vs Players. Your problem appears to be that "KP is a bounder" -- and that WILL be a problem for as long as the ECB's highly paid man-manager(s) assume all their team should be spring flowers, & drop them if they are not.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

kevin Pietersen Should BE back to England Colours and this time he should be serious abt cricket rather than the idotic Premier league

Posted by Benkl on (October 2, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

Isnt he entitled to play for SA now - they should put out some feelers..


Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

come to real home of cricket India we love too see u

Posted by cricket9lover on (October 2, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

welcome back KP in my view the way KP behaves performance wise and attitude wise on the field,he is on the same level as sachin,what he does in private i.e off the field should not be anybody's concern,others may not think on the same lines.

Posted by Stateside_Steve on (October 2, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

What did KP bring to the meeting to get a contract ? A mixed tape of England's batting in the current T20.

Posted by Reverse_Bat on (October 2, 2012, 0:53 GMT)

Now the world saw what is England Team without KP. Its embarassing for the entire country and the ECB. Every single one in the England Team and Andy Flower ego with KP. I would say KP should stay where he is now, and why KP wants to play for England, when he get highly paid from these franchises all over the world. Why can't KP go back to his country and play for them, like Keppler Wessel did.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 2, 2012, 0:38 GMT)

Oh KP great to see you back and I was missing you big time all these days!

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

brilliant !!!! just perfect for the world T20 ... the next one anyways

Posted by Alexk400 on (October 1, 2012, 23:12 GMT)

They need class batsman like KP. Without him engalnd can not counter indian spin

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (October 1, 2012, 23:11 GMT)

Let us hope that we have reached the end of the stupidest blindest episode of player /board relations I can remember. I hope KP gets an apology for the disgusting way he has been treated and the vitriol that has been poured his way. The hubristic stupidity of the episode has been shown up by England's pathetic t20 WC performance. Much ado about Nothing would be my take on these ridiculous allegations about these texts, which the South Africans simply dismissed and which Strauss has okayed. I do not understand what all the fuss was about, given the publications of other players. Who would want to play for ecb KNOWING WHAT WE KNOW NOW?? Well let us pray that he goes to india and we can watch Test matches and not watch an apology for a series. personally I like to watch England win and make no apology for it. It just feels better. And if flower is on the way out, so be it. I am beyond caring.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 23:00 GMT)

Hurry up KP. We're stuffed without you. Those who just want to see good cricket and for England to win want you back and they're the ones to listen to

Posted by disco_bob on (October 1, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

KP isn't going to be able to express his talent with this fast diminishing England squad, he's grovelled on YouTube, they sacked him anyway. He should just enjoy himself as a travelling warrior who can earn more than enough from the T20 franchises and sponsorship. He'll always be remembered for his drop by Warne and subsequent winning knock at the Oval which changed the entire mindset of English cricket.

Posted by Jimmers on (October 1, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

ECB/Flower thoroughly embarrassed themselves over this. Should have been sorted in time for KP to go to Sri Lanka, then maybe England would have occasionally made it past 2 overs with their top order intact. England need him, and he needs England - shocking mis-management that this wasn't sorted sooner. Dark chapter.

Posted by yoongguns on (October 1, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

Scary ECB touch foot of Safers and say sorry...please comeback KP and take poor England some reasonable lose against india....

Posted by xylo on (October 1, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

I believe Andy Flower's power is waning given how classy England's batsmen took on spinners in the sub-continent in recent matches.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

Shocking by the ECB, why would anyone want KP in the team after what he has done, it's not just about winning but how you do it!

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

Just stay KP where you are, don't make fool of yourself. The ECB needs you because they are eliminated from T20 and they surely are the loser without KP in india.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

And they say he wont be picked for the India tour too ! Its a blessing in disguise that England lost the no 1 test status for it would be too embarrassing for a team to call itself No 1 and get thrashed 4-0 in India.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (October 1, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

after Humiliating T2o world cup ECB know the importance of KP....

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Just in time for the World T20! Well done ECB.

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