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Pietersen's England career is over

David Hopps

February 4, 2014

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'I will continue to play, regretfully not for England' - Kevin Pietersen

England will enter a new era without one of their greatest-ever batsmen after the ECB decided not to consider Kevin Pietersen for selection for the forthcoming tour of the Caribbean and subsequent World Twenty20.

A career that spanned 104 Tests and more than 150 limited-overs appearances over nine years, during which time Pietersen became England's leading run-scorer in international cricket yet became one of the most divisive players in their history, now appears to be over.

The final separation comes little more than a year after Pietersen's successful "reintegration" to the team on the tour of India.

The ECB said in a statement that the decision had been unanimous among the England management, adding that "now was the time to start the rebuilding process" after the disappointment of being whitewashed in Australia.


Kevin Pietersen had to battle illness during his innings, Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 1st day, December 26, 2013
Kevin Pietersen's England career is over © Getty Images
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Paul Downton, the new managing director of England cricket, has overseen a strong-minded and controversial decision in his first week in the job.

He led discussions with Alastair Cook, the Test and one-day captain, Ashley Giles, the limited-overs coach who has just returned from Australia, and James Whitaker, the national selector. Downton also met with Pietersen, who had previously indicated his desire to play on, tweeting that he was "determined to help regain the Ashes in 2015" in the wake of England's 5-0 defeat. There was even a teleconference with the ECB's executive board. Democracy has been extensive, if as yet ill explained.

With the announcement of England's World Twenty20 squad expected on Thursday, the ECB took the unprecedented step of holding "policy meetings" solely to discuss the eligibility of one player: Pietersen. He spent the day of his sacking giving a class on how to play spin bowling to his Surrey team-mates at The Oval.

"Clearly this was a tough decision because Kevin has been such an outstanding player for England as the fact that he is the country's leading run scorer in international cricket demonstrates," Downton said.

"However everyone was aware that there was a need to begin the long term planning after the Australia tour. Therefore we have decided the time is right to look to the future and start to rebuild not only the team but also team ethic and philosophy.

"England cricket owes a debt of gratitude to Kevin who has proved to be one of the most talented and exciting players to ever represent the country and his 13,797 runs are a testimony to his immense skill. This decision brings some clarity now for the future of the England teams and we all wish Kevin the very best in the rest of his career."

Pietersen and his representatives seemed to have accepted the inevitable. Adam Wheatley, director of Missions Sports Management, Pietersen's agent, tweeted: "Had a couple of meetings today. What's everyone else been up to?"

 
 
"We have decided the time is right to look to the future and start to rebuild not only the team but also team ethic and philosophy" Paul Downton, England managing director
 

In a statement released by the ECB, Pietersen: "Playing cricket for my country has been an honour. Every time I pulled on the England shirt was a moment of huge pride for me and that is something that will live with me forever.

"Although I am obviously very sad the incredible journey has come to an end, I'm also hugely proud of what we, as a team, have achieved over the past nine years. I feel extremely fortunate to have played at a time of great success for England cricket alongside some of the best cricketers the country has ever produced.

"I want to thank everyone for their fantastic support and I wish the team the very best of success going forward. I believe I have a great deal still to give as a cricketer. I will continue to play but deeply regret that it won't be for England."

The news of England forcibly retiring one of their most experienced players comes less than a week after Andy Flower stepped down as team director and follows the retirement of Graeme Swann during the disastrous Ashes tour.

Few would seriously contend that there are valid cricketing reasons to omit Pietersen for the World Twenty20 and, whatever rumours and counter-rumours swirl around England's most controversial son, no specific examples of misbehaviour in Australia have been made public.

England have not revealed any disciplinary issues on the tour of Australia, which could have led to an official fine or reprimand. Neither have they confirmed reports in the Sydney Morning Herald that Pietersen and Cook were involved in a ''heated'' discussion at the SCG members' bar on the eve of the fifth Test.

People will wonder how Flower and his extensive management team, amounting to more than 20 backroom staff, could still fail to manage England's most maverick player - and whether the supposedly collapsing "team ethic and philosophy" is being blamed solely on one man.

Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, was one of the first ex-stars to ask for clarification. "I think the ECB have to explain to everyone exactly what KP has done so we can all have clarity and reasoning," he tweeted.

There have been suggestions that Cook's opinion would be highly influential in the decision - it had even been said in some quarters that he would "have the final word" - yet if that was true it would raise disturbing inconsistencies. Cook might be England's Test captain but he does not even play Twenty20 cricket - yet his opinion could have swung the decision on whether Pietersen was available for the World Twenty 20.

England's rejection of Pietersen will now make him an even more coveted asset in IPL. The IPL auction takes place on February 12 and Pietersen, even at 33, would be bound to attract a sizeable bid if he was available for the entire tournament and driven by a determination to prove England wrong. He is a free agent after being released by Delhi Daredevils, who did not retain any of their squad.

He remains centrally contracted to the ECB and, although there has been no indication of whether he will be treated differently from any other England player - those hoping to play in the IPL must be back in the UK by May 13, ahead of the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka - the nature of the joint statement suggests he can stay for the duration. It will be intriguing to see whether he also plays one-day cricket for Surrey.

The 5-0 whitewash in Australia seems to have reopened rifts in the England dressing room. Pietersen is thought to have regarded Flower's management as overly intense and serious and was thought to be hopeful that Giles, the limited-overs coach, would encourage a more relaxed environment. But Pietersen was rested from the limited-overs leg of the Australia tour as England lost the ODIs 4-1 and went down 3-0 in the T20 series.

Friction between Pietersen and the ECB existed long before the Ashes series. At the start of 2009, he lost the captaincy after questioning the qualities of the coach, Peter Moores, who was also sacked; in 2012, he retired from ODI and T20 cricket and then was dropped after sending texts to members of the touring South Africa team.


Kevin Pietersen cannot hide his delight, England v Australia, ICC World Twenty20 final, Barbados, May 16, 2010
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Reports after the conclusion of the Test series against Australia had suggested that Flower wanted Pietersen excluded from the England set-up if he was to continue as team director. Flower denied giving the ECB an ultimatum but pointedly did not extend his support to Pietersen.

Giles, the favourite to replace Flower as team director, had previously called Pietersen a "million-pound asset", when asked about his future in Australia. If the decision to dispense with his services was unanimous, that represents quite a financial crash.

Cook was central to Pietersen's return to the Test side in India in 2012, where England claimed an historic series victory. However, it seems that support has evaporated for a player routinely described as one of the most exciting and talented ever to represent England.

It is understood that Flower was not part of the meeting about Pietersen's future but he has remained as a selector for an as-yet unstated interim period and has indicated that he will sit on the selection panel to choose the one-day squads for the West Indies and World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Pietersen is England's leading run scorer in all formats, with 13,797 runs in 277 matches. He is fourth on England's Test match runs list and second in terms of centuries, behind only Cook. Ahead of Pietersen playing his 100th Test in the first match of the Ashes in Australia, Mark Nicholas wrote: "That he does so on Thursday says much about his fabulous ability and something more about a ruthlessness in him that is not always apparent. He is close to being regarded as a truly great cricketer, England's first since Ian Botham."

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by HaveALookatThat on (February 8, 2014, 20:17 GMT)

This one is for the X-files! Does anyone know how to get hold of Mulder?

Posted by JG2704 on (February 7, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

@5wombats on (February 6, 2014, 20:43 GMT) As I have put on a different thread - it's a shame Swann retired (for more reasons than 1) as it would be interesting to see what ECB would have said as a reason for KP being sacked if the older Swann was still part of the team I'm not commenting on Strauss/KP. Strauss may have walked regardless as I still don't know what KP was supposed to have said. TBH , I don't like this decision at all - esp without knowing the facts (presuming there's something else behind it) .To end a player's career is a final thing. I think England will lose some paying fans over this and I still believe that if there was a good explanation then some of those fans may be ok about it. Regardless , I think an explanation would at least gain our respect even if we disagree with their reasoning.

Posted by 5wombats on (February 6, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

@JG2704 on (February 6, 2014, 18:52 GMT) - yeah - gladiators of the game aren't they, india... Fact is - Pietersen IS (was) a destructive influence. He is. KP was behind the demise of England's best captain in a generation - Strauss. Strauss was a really good player for England. For example, in india he played 10 Test innings and scored 3 hundreds - his record in india was better than most indian batsmen. indian commenters probably don't know that. Add the fact that Strauss also captained a team that won in Australia, something that no indian captain ever achieved - and you have a good captain. Yet when there was a choice between KP and Strauss in 2012 it was Strauss that decided to go. KP was behind that. For that alone he should be condemned. Meanwhile, in this Ashes series something was desperately, desperately wrong on that tour. I'd bet a pound to a penny that KP had something to do with that as well. NO single player is bigger than the game. I wonder if Pietersen thought he was.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 6, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

@5wombats on (February 5, 2014, 19:36 GMT) Surely you can understand that when your side is doing so well overseas against the mighty force that is New Zealand you feel any other team is mediocre

Posted by mannan_ma on (February 6, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

It should have been KPs call and not ECBs. Geniuses are always going to be eccentric in one way or another and ordinary mortals have to learn to put up with them. To be fair to ECB, it tried to do just that but failed in the end. KP has been a victim of whims and fancies of both ECB and some of its captains. KP deserved better.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

really excellent player to watch I

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

sadest end to the bad boy of england,kp jorney has come to the end england best player ever played the game and man who built the england cricket for last decade,can emagine how will england will play near futhure with out kp,hats off for your briliance,

Posted by AussiePhoenix on (February 6, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

Thank you ECB. Now we'll be able to retain Ashes in 2015. Time will reveal a fuller story of events, will make interesting reading.

Posted by narif on (February 6, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

What a pity to lose KP at the height of his career. I doubt if there was any England player in the living memory who had such an impact to the English team in the last few decades. England owes a lot to him for what they acheived in the last 10 years. Sadly ECB have always encouraged drudgery to brilliance and dynamism. This has been the single factor in their average performance till at least 2005. And then came KP and changed all that. It was not his individual performances but the momentum that he provided to the team as a whole which lifted the team to achieve so much. This decision will not only leave a gap in their batting but will discourage all the team members to speak their heart with all honesty and will lead to conservative approach overall. This does not auger well and sadly I do not see England reach the heights in near or even diistant future. Sad day for cricket.

Posted by wonky on (February 6, 2014, 11:28 GMT)

So I guess if Bradman had a bad attitude English cricket would drop him. This is a result of humiliation and a ridiculous search for a fall guy. The red herring as it were. I think this is the darkest hour in the history of English cricket and I reckon they should've cleaned out from the top down ... how many captains win 1 match in 13 and survive? They've pointed the finger to secure their jobs. How honourable

Posted by darstar on (February 6, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

KP THE Gladiator- My name is KP, BATSMAN of the Armies of ENG, Generally a team man, loyal servant to the true cricket fans. Player to an envious ENG team, batsman falling victim to the Ashes. And I will have my vengeance - playing for the IPL AND OTHER TEAMS, in this life or the next.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

Shame..its an absolute shame.. England cricket is just in shambles and instead of backing the one man who can take them out of its shambles, they dump him.. surely there could have been a way to manage him.. England has lost its biggest attraction and now they will again become a boring boring team with no charisma.. the world has been robbed off some more brilliant innings from the maverick KP.. he was surely destined for more greatness.. a black day for cricket indeed!

Posted by Wolverine77 on (February 6, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

KP is the 12th in the all time great T20 internationals "Most runs in a calendar year" too. (After ONLY playing 8 matches. All others have played 11 or more matches.)

Posted by KnightRider12155 on (February 6, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

Reply to DMK12155 I will add a bit more about KP.

He is the 8th in the list of all time top scores in T20 internationals. (He has only played 37 games where as all others on top of him has played 41 or more)

Posted by DMK12155 on (February 6, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

KP has a T20I average of 37 + with a strike rate of 141 +

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

R.I.P England cricket without KP .. Im very happy to face england team without KP.. I think bangladesh, ireland , zimbabwe or kenya can win a test match now. cook can cook foods for opposition team on the ground now..in upcoming SL and india tests they will make BBQ england team..

Posted by KnightRider12155 on (February 6, 2014, 3:19 GMT)

I will not watch england without KP

Posted by disco_bob on (February 5, 2014, 22:57 GMT)

@brusselslion on (February 5, 2014, 15:30 GMT), it's true of course what you say, even when it was clear we had the measure of England KP was an ever present threat to ruin the party. However this is more that just cricket and Australians have a hard wired sense of fair play, even a crim caught red handed is meant to 'cop it sweet'. But this KP business reeks of something that is not right.

Hark back to KP grovelling apology after the texting fiasco, he gave the ECB everything they wanted. No, my friend everyone knows that there's something very distasteful happening here that is not to do with the 'dressing room' or the cricket.

Any bad influence he had on the youngsters is the youngster's fault because they could (as Stokes did) always take responsibility for their own actions.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 22:18 GMT)

Worst ever decision by English selectors and does seem it's not due to cricketing reasoning. KP still has a good 5 years left in him and is still a great bet for the shorter if not for the longer version.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

swann gone , trott gone , kp finished , flower sacked , how did it all go so wrong ? i watched this team beat the ausies at chester-le-street only 6 months ago , a team doesnt go bad overnight , mitchel jonson hit a purple patch that they couldnt answer and bang the knee jerk reaction is the english way ! swann is by far the best spinner in the country and should be told he has time to get his spinning hand back to 100% , trott should be told that he has time to make a comeback , and kp should be put in the 20/20 team for the world cup and see how he goes , if england have any aspirations of winning 20/20 he has got to be in team !

Posted by cricketfanwrites on (February 5, 2014, 20:33 GMT)

Great career. Too bad he could not 'play' by the 'English' rules. I hope he does not miss the test scene when there is no T20. Then again he will have enough time to recover between the T20s in India, Aus and the Caribbean. I will enjoy watching. I hope he enjoys being a hired gun.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (February 5, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

ha...

the entire team fails...

so you blame your top scoring batsman and sack him ..

the lowest scoring batsmen did FINE ....

they won't be dropped .....

Posted by StJohn on (February 5, 2014, 20:16 GMT)

Really sad news....but is it really over!? After all, on the face of it it sounds like KP's just not been selected for a pretty meaningless tour of the Windies.

But if he is being prematurely retired, the ECB needs a brain transplant! KP's the most naturally gifted batsman I've ever seen (he is to batting what Ronnie O'Sullivan is to snooker). Far too great a talent to leave international cricket this early - watching England in Tests will now be distinctly less interesting. Bring back Mike Brearley - someone who knows how to manage talent and genius.

Posted by 5wombats on (February 5, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

@Lmaotsetung on (February 4, 2014, 20:15 GMT) COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU - As usual indians have more to say about English cricket than Englishmen do. Lets face facts though - nobody actually cares what indians think about English cricket, do they? @samincolumbia on (February 4, 2014, 20:43 GMT) - England may very well be mediocre - but they were still good enough to whitewash india in England in 2011 and then beat india in india a year ago. So - if England are mediocre - what does that make india? Your answer should be a short one.

Posted by Speng on (February 5, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

Wow! So 5-0 was all KP's fault? With the departure of Trott and the "young talent" including a relatively aged Carberry England don't need one of their best batsmen? Over the past year he is the #6 England batsman in test average (Stokes and Woakes above him played 4 and 1 match respectively) and #1 over the past two years but England don't need him? It's also interesting that apparently they had a special convocation just to fire him... was that meant to indicate he is a troublemaker to submarine his chances with professional league around the world? However the ECB is wily - note he hasn't been dropped from his central contract is that a carrot or a stick?

If I read things right England's test batting lineup only has Cook and Bell with much experience but maybe they're confusing themselves for India but there are no Pujaras or Dhawans hanging about in County Cricket...

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

England lost against Australia in the Ashes with Kevin Pietersen as the most run scorer for England... Now I guess anybody can defeat England

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

The most flamboyant English batsman of all time has been shunted out. He has always been outspoken and this has resulted in his exit. A great loss to English Cricket.

Posted by SamWintson92 on (February 5, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

@ Jordan Dore: Mate. are you praising KP or bad mouthing about KP ? Looks like you want to get rid of KP as soon as possible. Eng can never shine with their ''exciting young players'' as they've axed their experienced star batsman KP. Well, I feel you also have a hand in dumping KP !

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

Why didn't they do the same thing to Cook? Why this double standard only with KP? No one will watch the English team now. Their biggest box office draws in recent times have been KP and Swany.With both of them gone, good luck to them.

Posted by doubledeckerbaas on (February 5, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

On a positive note for english cricketers on the ashes tour, they can all write books with some catch phrases about Pieterson and the disastrous tour and make a fortune. Everyone's waiting to find out what the heck happened.

Posted by half_blood-prince on (February 5, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

I'm planning to boycott the very few matches of the game involving England that I used to watch..English team is now lifeless

Posted by Krikey on (February 5, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Why isn't it surprising? Any other country but England would've sorted the problem (if there is one) a long time ago. The English don't find themselves in the current state of being on the wrong side of 5-0 for nothing. History repeats itself. Then Gower was kicked out; now Kevin. Probably it is an inability to understand players who aren't stolid. Oh! by the way, isn't it strange that Gooch (albeit via Cook) is involved in both cases? Or, is it? I wonder.

Posted by Prats6 on (February 5, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Good job ECB, you have found a way to successfully create a scapegoat! But you guys don't deserve a man of KP's class. I am horrified.It's like dropping Sehwag at the peak of his ability! He is miles and miles ahead of anyone in England and I guess, this is something those robots can't take.

Posted by SMuthya on (February 5, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

KP can now concentrate on leagues without rules/regulations/ethics....

Posted by cricketfanwrites on (February 5, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

Great player. He and the CSA should have a sit down. They need a number 4 right now. That would be sweet if it materialize. Either way, good luck KP.

Posted by topeleven on (February 5, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

ECB should clarify y they took this decision. What if Cook doesn't want Bell or Root tomorrow in the side.......This is divisive politics played by the Captain and the Management. Sorry England U lost a talented player and also a supporter like me and please dont say Ravi Bopara the suitable replacement............

Posted by Mavericksan on (February 5, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

Accept it in 2013-14 Era of few good cricketers left is finally over. Now there are some handful of cricketers worth watching left in the world. Whole 90's was swiped off completely in 2013 and now its time for late 2000's But what ECB had done to a guy with 2-3 healthy years under his belt is worth thrashing. I mean has cricket hit the rock bottom in past couple of years. Change was necessary but not like this. Retirement is the self realization one hangs their boots when its the time. Some heroes need to be respected SHAME ECB!!!!!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

The man changed the attitude of English cricket, without this new-found aggression and backbone we would never have won the ashes in 2005 or enjoyed the success since. He was also willing to stand up against Peter Moores who would have had a terrible effect on the England team had he been allowed to continue, yes he is a good county coach, but no he isn't good enough at international level. Pieterson so often becomes the scapegoat due to his abrasive nature, but this is the nature that comes attached to many of the greatest sportsmen. I had never previously witnessed anything like his attack on the South Africans in his breakthrough ODI series or his counter attacking against warn-these innings are something other England batsmen could only dream of. For me the biggest failure of this ashes was the 'leader of our attack' Jimmy Anderson who has no bottle whatsoever and has absolutely no answers whatsoever when conditions are against him, he just sulks

Posted by vj3478 on (February 5, 2014, 15:34 GMT)

ECB will have to look for some other scapegoats to point their/team failure in the future tours now that they they are done with KP.

Posted by brusselslion on (February 5, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

I don't understand why all the non-English KP fans are directing such vitriolic comments towards the ECB? They have done you a favour. KP is now free to appear in the IPL, BBL or any other circus that takes his fancy. Surely, that's what you all want?

@disco_bob (14:28 GMT): You're normally near the mark with your comments, but not in this case. KP was good in 2005, but the bowlers were just as - if not more - important: And if there was one stand-out English performer, then it had to be Flintoff not KP.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

i just want see him back in english team because he is the legend at this time in the team-

Posted by ReadThiS on (February 5, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

This is a right move. Seeing his last 3-4 years of progress card, expect for his match wining performance at the t20 2010 wc there was not a series that KP has made england win. Time to go!. His last chance would be this years IPL.

Posted by ImiiJaved on (February 5, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

I loved this man "Kevin Pieterson". He was the only proper athlete in England's cricket team, this was really injustice done to him. I remember when he was playing against Pakistan 2 years back in UAE he was the least run getter in Test Series, but he knew deep inside himself that he can fight back, and he will and he did. He came back so strongly that we Pak lost the ODI series due to his outstanding performances. He is a true fighter sort of player and I am really disappointed to see how ECB had been treating him. However the among the poor performances of England players against Aus in tests he was still better than those who were kept in team. But whatsoever this is not the treatment to be done to Star Players(who can win you so many matches when his bad patch is over). I m sad. :/

Posted by espncricdiehrtfan on (February 5, 2014, 14:58 GMT)

finally ego wins, no one is ready to compromise sad day for england cricket. England will miss KP badly specially upcoming T20 WC.

Posted by manish1977 on (February 5, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

He is close to being regarded as a truly great cricketer, England's first since Ian Botham. well said david hopps. But at the same time i feel that he should have been allowed a golden hand shake, just for the service he ahs done to england cricket. hats off

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

Rest in Peace English Cricket!

Will miss Kevin Pietersen.

Posted by cric_J on (February 5, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

It's not a mistake to sack a batsman as gifted as Pietersen, it's a blunder. It's not shocking that a player of Pietersen's calibre has been forced into retirement by his nation's board, it's a thunderbolt. It's not just sad that a player as talented as Pietersen has been sacked, it's soul crushing.It's not mere madness to egoistically end the career of a batsman of such class as Pietersen, it's bizarre.It's not just shameful the way the ECB conveniently sidelined their best batsman of the last decade despite his willingness to carry on , it's dishonourable.It's not rude the treatment the ECB have met out to a game changer like Pietersen, it's fickle.It's not just regrettable that the ECB could never really understand/manage a treasure like Pietersen, it's pitiful.

A cricketer as special as Pietersen hardly ever got the respect he deserved from the Eng Management.They hardly ever realised his worth. But they will realise it now.

Cheers & a doff of the cap on a stellar career Kev.

Posted by syed376 on (February 5, 2014, 14:47 GMT)

To me, He has done so much for England . If he has got bad patch than he has to be give another chance. There are many other players in England team who have to go. Aus tour was eye opening , He has to stay but shame that ECCB dropping him for good. Disappointed by decision.

Posted by vishwa1111 on (February 5, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

whole cricket world miss one of it's great entertainer thankz to ECB...shame on u ECB

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

I agree with Shane Warne,"its a shambles" after the ashes thrashing,KP and Stokes,are the only ones I would pick for a future England team.

Posted by disco_bob on (February 5, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

The incredible irony is that this mighty England cricket team that is too good for KP would be nothing at all had it not been for his sublime brilliance when it mattered. It all began when Warne dropped him in the final Ashes Test in 2005 and he went on to seal the Ashes and change the course of English cricket history. Without KP Collingwood and his 17 runs (and the rest of the team) would not have MBE's on the shelf. That plus being pivotal in their historic series win in India, must surely deserve a bit more than such an ignominious end. No two ways about it, he has been treated shabbily and England's will pay for this folly.

Posted by seantells on (February 5, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

Eng Cricket is going down they are lost as blind bats, team selections for OID's n T20 in AUS was a nightmare I think not players but ECB has to be revamped

Posted by manram on (February 5, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

I don't know what to say. I am feeling like dead and broken. Its may be end of English cricket. It really is. Please tell me other users, Trott age 33 gone, Swann age 34 gone, Pietersen age 33 gone. Now is it Cook's turn. Are ECB officials insane or on BCCI or CA payroll. Clearing the way for them? Please tell me Tendulker played till age of 40, Ponting 38, Kallis 38, Jaysuria 42 and English players are retiring or being sent home like they all are 50 plus. Yes last Ashes was worst series England ever played but these players are cream of English cricket and new players want to play with senior players for some time to gain experience, guidance and knowledge from them. Tendulker, Ponting, Lare, Kallis also had lean patches in thier career but neither they retires nor they were forced to retire. Did Tendulker, Dravid, Luxman retired or sent home after India was whitewashed by England in 2011. Did Ponting retired when Australia lost a home series after 16 years in 2008-09 to SA? plz ans

Posted by Niketh2000 on (February 5, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

England's going to lose test status if they take absolute rubbish decisions like this within the next 10 years.

Posted by tick on (February 5, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

what makes a captain the leader is the way he manages such personalities like KP. Clive llyod,imran khan,ian chappel,viv richard all of these great captains of 80's, and 90's are still considered role models in leadership. why. because they captained teams with rockstars,mavericks and top players there countries had produced. they managed them to get the best out of them. every team has such characters eg shoaib akhtar,andrew symonds,flintoff,gayle,sehwag,warne to name a few.some of them were managed and they gave there best and others flew into thin air with nothing to show for. its LEADERS responsibility to manage 11 best players and get the best out of them. if he cant then its better to let him go than firing your best players. for me cook,flower and the behaviour of swann and anderson who still rot in the jealousy of KP are the reasons of this mess not KP.

Posted by AllanofSouza on (February 5, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

what a great loss to England!! In way I'm glad I'll see more of KP in IPL and other leagues arund the world. Englands loss is everybody elses gain. ECB should come clean and state why KP is out. He would have been great fro England in T20 world cup. What is ECB thinking? Too much pride to swollow, my guess. All the best KP. Thanks for the great entertainment and looking forward to see more. Allan DeSouza - Canada

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

KP no more??? ECB is hilarious!!!!! Now who will perform in ENG team when they visit subcontinent for tours??

Posted by saant9840 on (February 5, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

I am quite astound to see how the ECB keeps messing with the decisions. The decision made by ECB is the biggest blunder which I personally feel.The newcomers like stokes etc, who I personally feel are aggressive players in both formats of the game which is essential in today's cricket and KP is one among them with loads of experience and the youngsters need to spend time with him in the game to gain more of confidence, I guess KP is still left with some years of cricket.If the team has to sack KP on the basis of Ashes performance then I guess half the side has got to be swept off the team and the first one to be chucked off should be COOK. I don't think it is fair to blame just one player having bell, trot,cook and others who have also shown their poor form and not to mention that cook the opening player and a captain leading the team with such a disarray looks perfectly odd. I would say that ECB should reconsider their decision of letting KP behind.

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (February 5, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

Well when you enter a new phase and try to build a new environment looking to the future, sometimes you have to ditch the baggage, and unfortunately thats what KP has in bundles. BUT Personally I would have asked him what did he want to play in T20's, tests, what - you choose? and let him play. But, that doesnt fit the future outlook, so its farewell. he had lean periods, and periods of magic, and they were off this planet - the ton against Oz on the last day of the ashes in 2005, to win the ashes, and the ton against Stein and Morkel etc. at Headingly will be about as close as I get to watching someone like Viv Richards.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

I am so very much disppointed over the ransacking of one of my favourite cricketers ! but there must be a v valid reason for doing so ..... I am eager to hear that ;)

Posted by Jazzpaul on (February 5, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

I think it's probably a good move by the ECB. His Test record over the last year or so has been mediocre at best and you can't keep picking someone on the basis that he might, just might, play you one match winning innings in a series. The way he kept getting himself out in the recent Ashes series when well set was one of the most dispiriting aspects on what was a very dispiriting series.

Posted by CM1000 on (February 5, 2014, 13:59 GMT)

I keep reading "how can you drop your highest scoring batsman?". Look at Australia. After getting smashed 3-1 in the 2010/11 Ashes they dropped Simon Katich, their highest scoring batsman in the previous 12 months. The public reason given was to bring in a younger player, but there is no doubt that a big part of it was because Katich and Clarke didn't get on. Clarke may have been a pain and Katich a good guy, but Clarke had long been anointed as the next Australian captain (and has subsequently turned into an outstanding captain and popular leader), so for the sake of team unity, Katich sadly had to go. And look at Australia now. Its amazing what you can achieve when you get a really strong "team" culture in the dressing room. No one is bigger than the team.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

@RoseBowlWatcher - There has been no mention about IPL or Pietersen's wish to do the full season in the ECB's statement. Until the ECB have the guts to say what this decision is really about then all we can do is speculate and to me it just looks like cook doesn't like KP and the ECB just want a scapegoat for the debacle in Australia. You could tell the relationship was strained by the fact that KP spent the majority of the test series fielding on the boundary.

Posted by CM1000 on (February 5, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

Don't all those people attacking the ECB realise that they would not have done this unless they felt they absolutely had to do it for the good of the team? Pietersen brings in crowds and therefore revenue, which is a huge driver for the ECB. There is no way they would dump him unless they felt the England team needed to be rebuilt as a harmonious group, which meant without his negative influence. No one is bigger than the team. Cut the cancer out before it takes further hold.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

After Sachin Tendulkar, KP is the most discussed cricket celebrity of modern day .Sad to hear his retirement.A classic cricketer;treat to watch. Good bye KP! ~ Sri Lankan fan of you~

Posted by Aasi_786 on (February 5, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

It is sad to know that KP's is career is over for England, I think ECP should undo their decision for not chosen him for the tour of Caribbean and T20 WC. It is very sad that a legend have end with this manner.

Posted by vstrider on (February 5, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

As entertaining as kevin was and how much of an important player he was to the English cricket team, no player in any of our nations sports is bigger than the team.

Kevin got too big for his boots and is a liability, no doubt the cause for swann's retirement and who knows possibly something to do with Trott's issues...during that Australian tour there was something going on in the dressing room and i would put money on it that KP was at the centre of it.

Doesn't matter how good of a player you are you have to get on with the rest of your team and the management...its not up to the management to look after KP its up to him! this is not India this is England and the team is the most important part

Posted by Kabir_USA on (February 5, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

What a great talent. I am sure if KP was in any Asian country he would have better records and longer career . May be a questionable teammate.

Posted by Selassie-I on (February 5, 2014, 13:37 GMT)

@ Posted by disco_bob on (February 5, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

Cook isn't that type of person to get KP out for his own personal 'gain' to the detriment of the team. Besides, cook is 5 years younger than KP with a much better fitness record, KP was never going to outscore him.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 5, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

I guess we'll never fully know or understand what went on behind closed doors and in dressing rooms etc. No one player is bigger than the game of cricket, and no one player should be bigger than the team he represents. Tendulkar knew this; Lara knew this; Gilchrist and Warne knew this. At times, KP gave the impression he did not, and/or refused to accept this. Alas, he will go down in history as an 'interesting player that has done great things for England' - and not as a 'great player, period'. No matter which side you take, one thing I reckon we all can agree on: English cricket will be very different without KP (and you could add Swann here too). It's a sorry day for cricket. Cricket does need the right balance of individuals/personalities to prosper.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

It's a fact never gonna change that losing a player of huge class and quality who has been performing so well and have won lots of matches for England, ECB will have to pay for it. When the day is sunny Our K.P will be shining and sparkling similarly when the day is rainy ECB will be remembering Kevin pietersen and paying for him.

Posted by brow07 on (February 5, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

This is a catastrophic decision by the ECB. In a team already shorn of two senior players in Swann and Trott to sacrifice another is mind-boggling. If there were 3 or 4 young batsmen knocking on the door to take KP's place it would be slightly more understandable but there is hardly enough good players to make up the entire top 6 currently

We have thrown away any chance of winning the World T20, ODI World Cup next year and probably the away series in South Africa in 2015. Pietersen is the one batsmen in the current test team who can win a game.

The ECB seem terrified by anyone who doesn't play a risk averse brand of cricket, the total mismanagement of Finn, refusal to play Hales in the ODI team and dropping of Morgan from the test side are just three other examples.

Overall this has left me dissapointed and deflated. The ECB has some explaining to do

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

I live in the US and KP is one of the few players who make cricket exciting to watch. I certainly will no longer watch the English team

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

KP sacking is really a sad one since he was only the second English batsman after Hobbs who truly dominated all types of bowling with such authority that they feared bowling him.He was destroyer as was Viv Richards. His presence brought a tranquility and confidence in the team which enabled them to climb No.1 test cricket position and win T20 championship.

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (February 5, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

It is indeed a sad time for English cricket and the cricket loving public at large. The decision to exclude one of our finest players in recent times. Kevin, a batsman who has won games for us single handed in away games, to be treated in such a nonchalantly manner is very disappointing.

The matter involving KP was dressing room related and should have been sorted out in the dressing room by all concerned. What we as the public see is inept management lacking people skills.

Not being able to allow talented players to be available for the IPL in the previous years in itself seemed borne out of jealousy. It is not the case of bending the rules but trying to accommodated the talented. WI paid a big price for leaving out Gayle.

Cook, another weak link in our midst too. Lacking leadership skills too.

But for KP, it is time for him to reap bigger harvests without the shackles now being removed - But a sad day for our cricket. Philip Gnana, Surrey.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

Cook should step down from the captaincy. He is a good player/batsman. But he is the worst captain england ever had. He needs to learn how to manage players. People management isnt an easy job. He needs to know how to get the best out of difficult players like KP. If he cant do that as a captain, no matter how good a player u are, u will never be a good captain. Cook will keep losing matches with his negative captaincy tricks without any attacking player like KP. Cook has to realize that cricket has changed the way it is played over the years. Cook, Trott, Swann type of players would have done well in the past say 1980s 90s. But now Eng need players like KP to win games. RIP cook n co without KP.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (February 5, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

Sorry to hear that I won't be able to see KP in whites in international cricket. And the irony - Cricket England take a stand with a player who looks after his fitness and still has the reflexes, game and age on his side to offer more to England and the world. Compare this to BCCI who made an aging Tendulkar way past hs prime an automatic selection and let him not only decide when he wanted to retire but also where and why - his home ground so his mother could attend. Can't agree with Harmison's 'the only people who are losing in this whole situation is the England fans'. India's my team and am as gutted as anyone that KP's career appears to be over. He may well be a pain in the you-know-what but from a fan's point of view - I don't care. He's great to watch and there are very few batsmen that can do what he can. Thanks for all the memories and those special innings. You will be missed in international cricket.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

Simply he does not deserve this. On this decision, i don't see any difference between PCB and ECB.

Posted by Junaid-ul-hassan on (February 5, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

Hate you ECB for Big 3 proposal and also for KP retirement. Simply

Posted by RoseBowlWatcher on (February 5, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

I am not sure this is really about man management, personality clashes etc. I think it is all about KP making the most out of his cricketing career financially. If he is available for the full IPL season he stands to make a good deal of money. The ECB will not make an exception for him nor will they stop scheduling important international matches during the IPL season meaning KP is forced to lose out financially. So the choice is play for England and get a good wage or be a T20 freelancer and get lots more. I know what my decision would be !

Posted by class9ryan on (February 5, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

Does this draw atleast 40% English fans into the IPL to have a look of him ? As a cricket fan I am heartbroken and I hope KP stays strong.

Posted by A.M.Awan on (February 5, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

Awful decision by in my view and a huge disappointment for every cricket fan around tthe world. I think KP was never given the respect he deserved and media always pictured him as a "baddie" only because he is South African (but not true). Everyone knows (even ECB) that he capable of winning matches for England single handedly for atleast 2 years. He could give a England batting match winning strength in upcoming world T20. I want to ask Mr.A Giles, KP was "million pounds asset" last week "where this unanimous decision came from then?. Please give KP 2 more years and no one will regret!!

Posted by Elbow on (February 5, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

The whole situation is bizarre! A new England coach/director will be appointed and told he can not pick KP, it doesn't make any sense! It's like an England football manager being appointed and told he can't pick Wayne Rooney. I can only assume Ashley Giles has already been promised the role and agrees with decision. I'm sure KP will smash early season runs to prove a point.

Posted by LeeHallam on (February 5, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

I suspect that those asking what happened that was so bad, will not get any real answer. It seems unlikely that there was anything as bad as the texts to the South Africans, it is more that the team and most importantly Alistair Cook, were unhappy with his general attitude. Great players can get away with upsetting those around them, but the truth is Kevin is no longer a great player. In his first 52 tests he averaged over fifty and scored 16 hundreds, in the last 52 tests he averaged in the mid forties and scored 7 hundreds, a good performance but not a great one. He is in decline, but still worth his place in his team, and many would point to Strauss and Collingwood who were allowed to play on when past their best. The difference is what they brought to the team despite runs, their leadership and influence which was all positive. With Kevin all the stuff other than his scoring is negative. It is a sad end, but it is right to move on.

Posted by jb633 on (February 5, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

@cpt,meanster, read what KP has said about SA in the past and you will understand how he never wants to go back there and nor would he be welcome there. KP has alienated himself from his motherland due to his previous remarks and statements. He has more chance of getting an Indian passport than paying for SA again.

Posted by disco_bob on (February 5, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

Now we find out that Cook was involved in this. No danger now of Cook not being the highest century scorer for England. If Cook wants to mould a team around himself England are going to be one hell of a bland team. Not only does Cook have no inventiveness as a captain but his man management skills are obviously absent. Sounds like he wants to create a team of yes men.

If as Boycott said, Kev has been a bad example to the tadpoles, it certainly did not affect Stokes. Whatever way you cut this, this is going to be a very very unpopular decision England fans and generally fans of good cricket are going to be very very unhappy. Cook will have even more pressure on himself now and so far he has not responded well. Plus Cook himself play some diabolical shots during the Ashes.

Posted by keyancools on (February 5, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

I honestly believed he was going to replace Sachin Tendulkar during his prime days.He always had that special thing with himm.Shame that his career has to end like this.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

England just gave opportunity to pietersen to be a free lancer in full time. Pietersen does not need England team and he would probably be happy with it. He does not need a flag to play for and every cricketing team in ICC or any national league would like to have one like him and pay much more money for few swings of his bat. Just before the ashes series it was said, Andy Flower was the best coach that England ever had, Cook is ICC's the best captain of the year and the English team acclaimed that Pietersen is the hope for keeping the urn. Did a 5-0 drubbing change all of this and what they had done all through these years was just undone?? What England still did not answer themselves is their batsman n bowlers r not in great form they once were and they had been outplayed by a better team. Removing Andy and Pietersen wont resolve this and instead causes instability. Now KP is gone.With whom the team will replace his position and will that man b able to fill the void left by KP?

Posted by criclovingmind on (February 5, 2014, 12:19 GMT)

Thanks for IPL, IF it doesn't exist we will miss this maverick and ever attacking batsman (KP).....

Posted by 200ondebut on (February 5, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

You can tell the ECB is now run by a city type - no consideration for the customer, just the shareholders. When will they realise that it is the people who turn up to matches or pay their Sky subscription that makes all of this happen. These people would no doubt love to be able to watch KP smashing it around the park. Everything else is behind closed doors - the public dont see it so are not interested.

A sad day for English cricket and for the English cricket fan. The paying punter is now quite clearly down the ECB pecking order in terms of who they need to keep happy.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 12:16 GMT)

Desicion taken by ECB... No commnets... but KP great oppurtunity to play with Ireland.... About to get Test status.... Go and Encourage Ireland and show England....

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 12:15 GMT)

Australia wins again: 12-1 in matches 4-0 in personnel retirements

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (February 5, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

KP has been presented as the "Sacrifice Goat" by ECB, at least he should have been kept for ODIs and T20s. The career of another super star ending in a sad fashion, respect for KP from Pakistan!

Posted by parfectt on (February 5, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

I am feeling sad since I heard this news , truly one of all time Greats , every team has one player who is charm of the team KP was same for England .. i cant imagine England team without KP .. a bad decision ... :(

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

Michael Vaughan is correct, England board should reveal what happen in Austraila with KP. He is the great batsman. The one shot that i really a fan of him is reverse sweep and that itself go for six. I seen two players did that one is KP and another is AB. I hope KP can continue playing cricket for at least 5 years.

Posted by s2art1e on (February 5, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

Fact of the matter is Cook is a weak manager of men, just look at how easily the likes of Broad, Swan and Anderson over rule him when setting fields. They are all buddies, so he takes it. KP is a strong character, and needs firm managing, Cook, just isn't capable of doing that. Cook needs to take a good hard look at himself and really be honest and unselfish and ask himself if he is good and strong enough to be captain of England.

Posted by 2929paul on (February 5, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

I think people have to get it out of their heads that this is based on performance and particularly on performance in the recent Ashes. Plenty of players have under performed but not been told that it's the end of their international career.

The words used and the tone say to me that KP has made himself unpickable in some way, shape or form. Remember that he was/is employed by the ECB and they control(led) his cricketing life. Show your employer respect or suffer the consequences.

Posted by A.Ak on (February 5, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

Is there anyone understands ECB?. KP was the reason behind their success in the last few years. He brought some non-english persona to the team which had a huge impact. Hope he plays again!. OR its going to be like old days for England.

Posted by cricket_redemption on (February 5, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

It is a very disappointing news for every cricket fan. ECB has taken a very huge step backwards. Easily KP is the greatest batsman in the history of england. They should've instead sacked Cook for forming a internal team in the dressing room along with swann, jimmy & trott. my goodness swann and trott are already retired due to their weak mental character with no fightback which is available only in the likes of KP & Broad. There are no other batsman in eng currently who could create a fear factor for opposition in all formats of cricket. Only with courtesy of KP, eng have won their single major ICC trophy, otherwise they'll be the real chokers. ECB always wanted KP not to participate in any other countries t20 league ,let alone IPL, now what is going to stop him?? He will surely going to get a lucrative contract in every league available in the world, while your players are suffering from mental illness and retiring immediately. If i've been in control of ECB, i would've made captain!

Posted by criclovingmind on (February 5, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

This is not the right way of dealing with such a legendary player and a cricket icon in international cricket. May be why Strauss retired early... Keep KP with youngsters that will do wonders (only for cricketing techniques). ECB missing the trick before the worldcup

Posted by Lord_mac on (February 5, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

I'm not sure why people cannot see beyond KP's abilities as a batsman. This has nothing to do with KP's abilities as a batsman - and still less to do with any perceived conspiracy concerning Gower and Gooch's records!

Somebody said below that in business, we have to learn to manage difficult people. That is true, but we also have procedures to dismiss people who exhibit persistent misconduct (verbal warnings, written warnings, final warnings). Pietersen would have been on a final warning from previous misdemeanours (Textgate etc) and whatever occurred behind closed doors here was terminal.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

With this England will slump to second tier in all formates, surely!

Posted by vasanth6868 on (February 5, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

ECB has killed the goose that laid the golden eggs!

Posted by likeintcricket on (February 5, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

KP is a better batsman than some of the Asian and Australian greats as he can play all type of bowling on all surfaces. I believe at age 33 he still have 5 more years and can easily come back to form. He is more exciting to watch than Cook and company. There are just making him a escape goat for a non performing team.

Posted by pradeep_dealwis on (February 5, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

The only thing i did not like in this article is the bunching together of 13,000 odd runs. Test runs and limited overs runs should NEVER be bunched together! EVER. Other than that, i am very happy. Specially considering that KP will probably not play when Sri Lanka tours England in May. Otherwise our boys would have been in big trouble. Thank you ever so much ECB.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

Very, very sad day for world cricket. Just like Gooch snuffed out Gower, the ECB is trying to finish KP off. Todays asinine set up would probably have labelled Botham maverick and divisive and destroyed him as well. Great sportsmen like Pietersen arent easy to manage but this is an extreme reaction. Someone give Mike Brearley a call!

Posted by Lord_mac on (February 5, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

>Actually it doesn't make any sense.<

It does make sense, but only to those who are in possession of the full facts.

When somebody does something that seems to everybody on the outside to be lunacy, it's almost always because the people on the outside are not fully informed. Maybe one day the full facts will come out, but it may be that cannot happen at present.

It looks as though both sides have accepted it, albeit with sadness, so a discussion may well have taken place whereby this decision is recognised to be the best outcome for both parties.

So if we accept that there is some reason why KP cannot continue to play for England, how much have England lost by taking this decision? Two years at most I'd think. Not such a great risk.

Posted by brusselslion on (February 5, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

@JG2704 10:41: You're right the appointment of Giles wouldn't be popular with at least one poster here!

Posted by thejesusofcool on (February 5, 2014, 11:26 GMT)

Pathetic.

Anyone with a bit of spirit and class, gone.

Anyone who works like a robot and malfunctions, stays in.

The ECB should go en bloc, followed by Bell,Root,Bairstow and Prior.

Posted by brusselslion on (February 5, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

As I said in a previous post, the way that the ECB have handled this affair leaves a lot to be desired. As an England supporter, I hope that the ECB will expand upon their reasons for making a public announcement about one player in particular. Is this now to be the norm? ("Mr X. your time is up")

My opinion on KP: He is/was an exciting player and, potentially, could have been great. His failure lay in his - not the ECB's - arrogance. His refusal to consider changing his approach was his undoing. "I've always played this way". Well, it didn't work in Australia (and - apart from a few isolated occasions - hasn't worked for a few years now). If he is unable to see that then, perhaps, it's best for all concerned that we go our separate ways.

As a Surrey supporter, I'm interested to see whether he sticks around the Oval to help our youngsters (yes, I know. We need all the help we can get!): Anyway, enjoy the IPL, KP; you will clearly be adored by the Indian fans.

Posted by Hira1 on (February 5, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

for KP its fine he can utilize him rest of his cricketing years playing in league cricket (IPL, big bash etc) and earn lot of money but its a very sad day for his fans as cricket is no more same without him and will take years to find a cricketers of his caliber. For England they simply don't deserve this great player, they can continue with mediocre players having yes boss attitude.

Posted by stormy16 on (February 5, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

Englands opponents will be over the moon - one huge English threat is no more! Heads were going to roll after the Ashes debacle but I am not sure how KP got caught up having scored more than most and generally not being involved in any incidents. This is like in school when there is an issue and the guilty cannot be found, the usual trouble makers are rounded up and punished! Yes KP is a difficult person but that is what the administration is paid to manager. You cant just say 'we cannot control him so lets throw him out', if that is the case you must go not KP. I'm not suggesting KP is a saint but as a cricket fan I want to see the best competing for the nation and KP is one of the best (if not the best accross all forms) for Eng and he is thrown out for what? Sad state of affairs really.

Posted by philipg33 on (February 5, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

What on earthe are the ECB doing!!????

Horrible parrallels with 93/4 when England began a dive to the bottom of the Rankings.... When England under the leadership of Gooch prematurely ended Gower's career so that Gooch could take his records and look like a better batsman than his teammates. For Gooch read Cook, another nerdy and unstylish Essex boy....who other than the 2010/11 series has been inconsistent....and is unable to cope with players that think out of the box and enjoy like Gooch couldnt handle Tufnell either....

For Gower read Pietersen. A match winner and beyond doubt his generations best batsman.

Why dont England learn from the past???? remove the captaincy from Cook before he makes losing and choir singing obligatory. And look for characters like KP and Flintoff again....

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

No-one is irreplaceable.

Posted by cloudmess on (February 5, 2014, 11:18 GMT)

If Flower, Giles, Downton & co had been in charge of other national sides, the mercurial Viv Richards would have been retired c1985, Shane Warne would have been retired c2003 for failing his drugs test and for continually (and publicly) questioning the role of the coach etc there are other examples. In English cricket - as in much of English sport - it's still seen as preferable to be a good bloke than a good player.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

A very poor decision. They are wrong.

Posted by cheeseburgers on (February 5, 2014, 11:11 GMT)

ECB people might have never played cricket in their own backyard forget cricket field are taking such decisions is like Christiano Ronaldo joining Cricket commentatory and don't know what to do!!!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 11:10 GMT)

KP is a match winner. Lot of self belief which can be easily written off as arrogance. He can take on any bowler on any day. Watching him batting has always thrilled me. Whatever went in the England camp, we don't know. But as a sincere cricket fan we all are going to miss him for sure.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

hope the BCCI take an early que from this and retire Ishant Sharma with immediate effect!!!

Posted by cloudmess on (February 5, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

Wrong decision which smacks of typical weakness within the English corridoors of power. I expect their next weak decision will be to appoint Ashley Giles team manager. They need to explain what KP has done. Given the recent Ashes scoreline, perhaps he was right to question Flower's methods? History will not look kindly on Downton, Giles and Flower for this decision. It has shades of Gower's premature ousting in the early 1990s, simply because his face did not fit an increasingly robotic and inflexible regime.

Posted by ModernUmpiresPlz on (February 5, 2014, 10:56 GMT)

@Jordan Actually it doesn't make any sense. He played brilliantly in India, that wasn't very long ago. He had the best average of any English bat in the recent Ashes tour, but I wouldn't be surprised for him to be the scapegoat. Concentration is not that relevant in T20 and ODI cricket though, and that is where he is most destructive. No cricket team in the world is going to be disappointed about this decision, England have handed everyone else what they want while shooting themselves in the foot, especially since Bopara's chance of being retained are probably about 90%. KP is a decent part time spin option along with his batting, and to drop him in all 3 forms is simply to make him the scapegoat for everything that just happened. It's hilarious from outside, but there can't be any real justification for it internally other than he's too hard to handle. Trust me, plenty of guys at the top of respective sports have big egos. You just deal with it. Management's weakness, not KP's.

Posted by darstar on (February 5, 2014, 10:55 GMT)

Shame on the ECB- KP is tHe best batsmen that England has ever produced. Yes he is a character, but does the job for the team. Cook should step down as captain as he is incapable of managing his players and some poor captaincy. Selfish on him. ECB should bow their heads as they cannot manage people!!! This happens at all levels in cricket in this country- junior, club, and county. ECB should come out with a clear explanation to cricket fans why KP has been dropped. KP is the only entertainer in the England team. Sport is entertainment and it needs entertainers not boring soles like Cook.

Posted by muthukumar.velusamy on (February 5, 2014, 10:54 GMT)

Hats of to the ECB. Although it is controversial and tough decision everyone knows that is has been taken for the Betterment of England Cricket.Need guts to take such decision and i think England & Australia only can take Bold decisions like this.I am not only talking about Pieterson but also Sacking of Andy Flower.These 2 Icons served dramatically over the past seasons but it is time to walk in to Sunset. BCCI are you listening. They have taken some hard and impartial decision because they lost a single series against Australia.Not to forget these 2 Icons played very important role in their Previous victories.How many overseas series have India lost. It is disheartening to see Even the Playing XI is not changed inspite of continuous Player. So much of Politics & favouritism in Team Selection. India may become off-filed Giant in cricket,But onfield performance gone to worst.

Posted by Rexton87 on (February 5, 2014, 10:54 GMT)

If he had another 2--3 years of Cricket in an English shirt he would have crossed all milestones and would surely be the greatest cricketer in English cricket history. He would be top of the list for most test runs most ODI runs and most test and ODI centuries , a fact very difficult to stomach with English mind-set both administrators and players. The England sole ICC trophy ( T-20 WC) was down to Kp's brilliance and belligerence not to mention in turnaround in Ashes fortunes in 2005 . Unfortunate as it is English attitude towards foreign born always remains sceptical no matter how brilliant the person may be, it is come here serve with humility tow the line do not rock the boat and do not expect to climb the heights. Poor KP I hope he now plays for SA or Ireland and show England what he is capable of.

Posted by nareshgb1 on (February 5, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

First time he was sacked, he had said coach was no good - and they sacked the ccoach too. Now it seems he said Flower was too intense - and that was not false based on the deflated perfomance of the team. And they sacked both the coach (forget all the talk about FLower walking away) and KP.

So was the guy right all along?

"Process" is always a problem area - especially for talented individuals. Unless "teams" figure out a way to prompte freedom within process (a paradox no doubt) we will have issues.

Errr....and why dont ENgland check out Greg Chappell now?

Posted by latecut_04 on (February 5, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

Almost 550 comments till now regarding KP's end and counting.......largest response rate for any non Indian issue/cricketer....Do we need to say more.ECB out with the reason for the great's ouster..you just dont have a place to hide.

Posted by AlfAlpha on (February 5, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

Ha Ha - that's Jonny Bairstow's place guaranteed for the next year or more - bye bye England - better hope for a Bangladesh tour soon.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 5, 2014, 10:41 GMT)

To balance things re KP being a disruptive influence etc - Alec Stewart (Surrey's chief) spoke of KP in glowing terms. Obviously KP has not spent so much time with Surrey so potential frictions are less likely to come out which leads me to repeat my point of keeping him in the shorter formats side where they are not spending so much time with each other. Anyway , Botham today repeated Vaughan's request for a public statement from the ECB as did Cork. I can understand why they kept the details of textgate to themselves as KP was still an England player but now they've burnt their bridges.. Both also spoke of a scenario where the new head coach may want KP in the side. This to me may limit the potential applicants or even suggest (unfortunately) that the new guy has already been chosen but not announced and probably suggests that it wont be a particularly popular decision with the regulars on these threads

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 10:41 GMT)

kp u will be missed...........

Posted by UsmanMuhammad on (February 5, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

KP sacked because England (including 10 other players) failed to keep ashes!!! common ECB let it go.... You made him a scapegoat just to show some actions being taken after disastrous Australia tour.

Let it go, being part of big 3 test cricket is not a priority anymore and it's a step in that direction.

Let it go, that KP being a leading run scorer and popular figure among english fans was not acceptable for co english players and management.

Posted by ram91106 on (February 5, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

Being an Indian,on the brighter side,with Trott and Prior too missing in action for the foreseeable future , we can dare to play Ishant during the English tour without having to watch him being carted around the park by Prior... Stokes is the new Collingwood...Cook is er...Cook...Hoping that Bell doesn't replicate his 2011 form and more importantly has lost his cheek of trotting off for a non existent run and playing innocent... the young Indian line-up against the young English line-up...exciting times ahead???

Posted by mzm149 on (February 5, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

It's right time for South Africa to grab Trott and Pietersen back. This is a blessing in disguise for them at the time of retirement of Kallis.

Posted by wapuser on (February 5, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

I dont know what's wrong with the world These days, what they need to keep they throw out, and what they dont need keep it. I think u know what I mean.

Posted by Stark62 on (February 5, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

Bad influence in the dressing room, but the best player on the field (for Eng).

In real life, we are told to work with whom ever, even if they are a disruption and quarrel among their peers, but if they are good at what the do, then you have to find some way of working around his problems.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

If KP is sacked,,why not Anderson, Cook , Broad, Bell , Bresnan???? Who performed at Aussie??

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

I think this is the good decision of KP after not selected

Posted by manizee on (February 5, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

ECB wants to rebuild for future Test and One-day teams. Thats fine. But cricket's favourite format T20 World Cup is around the corner. KP was instrumental in helping England win the title the last time he was allowed to play in 2010. He was awarded the Man of the tournament. When they barred him in 2012, we all know the results. There is no doubt he's England's best batsman and a genius in the shorter formats like T20. This decision is going to prove costly to ECB, they have shot themselves in the foot.

Posted by ram91106 on (February 5, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

Haven't we seen the cases of Ramprakash,Thorpe,Hick??? That Michael Vaughan became one of the best English captains was because he was mentored by Nasser...Anderson was mentored by Gough and Caddick... Bell by Strauss Vaughan Trescothick... Cook by Strauss,Vaughan Trescothick... Broad by Anderson,Harmison Flintoff... as we see the 'core leadership group of the team' didnt all of a sudden eat spinach and transform into what they are today... Who will guide the young English lions??? Trott is out for the foreseeable future too??? How long is the transition going to last??? Who out there is good enough to replace the no 4 for England??? How do the ECB have their heads so far up their backsides that they refuse to see this???

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

Why do the so called Cricket Boards keep on disgracing a few of the real dynamites in the Cricketing World. Kevin was a real Gem and in true sense a world beater. He was exciting to watch and his attitude towards the game was bold and expressive. He gave a real life to the English Cricket that was dying when he arrived on the scene. He bagged huge success against might SA very early in his career and made his name. This is pitiable to watch him going like this. Who else is there in the England who is better than him. He was a one man army. He still has 2-3 years of cricket left in him and he should be given his right without being biased in him being a South African. Salute to one of the modern day greats of the game. You have been a Global Entertainer

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

Sad news, both cricket & England still needs him.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

I dont know what made ECB to take such shocking decision, KP is a brilliant player. he is to good to let out. Ashes failure is moreover a collective one, weather, cook, bell, throt could nt able to perform; why the axe on KP???

Posted by JG2704 on (February 5, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

Landl makes a fair assessment re his injuries/form etc but they have basically said KP will never play for England again which is very final. Reading between the lines I must presume theres been a big bust up in the dressing room but wonder if they could not have still picked him for the T20 WC and the ODIs vs WI? Long tours (and especially losing heavily) are surely much more likely to bring out frictions in players and I wonder if any potential friction is less likely to surface/resurface when he is not spending so much time with others? Regardless I'd like to know (and I think we all would) what (if anything - as we presume) has gone on behind the scenes. Regardless , I'd say it was more a brave decision (possibly reckless) and definitely not weak or spineless. Logic would say it was a serious issue to lead to this but when I see some of the decisions we've made recently I wouldn't be so sure. Cant help feeling they've been rash and burnt all their bridges

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 5, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

Needless to say ECB has been foolish & arrogant here. Friction in the Eng dressing room, if there was, is no new thing. Things happen, words are said. This doesn't mean you ruin the career of your only truly great batsman. This is equivalent of rustication of a student from a college by the principal. It is done only when the water becomes too high. Here it doesn't seem KP did anything wrong except giving a piece of his mind to Cook & Flower.

Performance is clearly no the reason else JA, Cook, Prior, Tremlett all would have met the same end.

They have literally pushed KP out of the room by grabbing his collar. How rude is this? They better have a solid reason for this and better tell us about it all.

Ppl talk of BCCI being rude. If it is, at least it is rude with other boards. Here ECB has been brutal with its own man.

Cook has cooked Eng team, it is all burnt there now. For 0-5, poor batting, , poor captaincy, why wasn't he dropped? Is it cos Cook is one of 'em & KP wasn't quite?

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

Another Bad News for England after getting humiliation from Aussies (white washed) KP is 1 man army .......he single handedly got 2nd last t20 worldcup for england and he has the ability to destroy any apposition on his day.... Poor.......... England will gonna be in deep trouble soon..... for sure

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

have ECB gone mad? kp is the current best English batsman. (also my favourite) If eng bowlers will not do well against SL sure they will have to face a whitewash again

Posted by nani_cool21 on (February 5, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

England with out KP u got to be kidding .Forget about rest of world cricket teams they will loose against their own women cricket team .

Posted by ram91106 on (February 5, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

From the team that thrashed India 4-0, won Ashes consecutively,beat SL and performed brilliantly in SA only Cook,Bell,Anderson,Broad remain...yes the English haven't probably played their best from 2012...that they won the series in India was due to the guile of Swann and Panesar...the sheer bloody genius of KP and the steady accumulation of Cook...of these one has retired the other has been thrown out disgracefully...does an all-time great deserve this???Is England back to the template of the 80's and the 90's where the selection was a merry-go-round??? Except for Stokes and Jordan the team looks devoid of promise...How long can Cook be the leader on the field and in batting as well??? KP could have been in the team and could have been the guiding force and mentor for the golden child Root,the fiery Stokes and the obdurate Taylor.. Yet with only Bell and Cook around for the foreseeable future this team will lack mentors...players thrown into the deep wnd suddenly dont flourish.Contd

Posted by mikeyp147 on (February 5, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

Clearly Pietersen has been a hugely disruptive influence in the dressing room - he has been at every club he's played for. We may never find out what really happened, but the ECB are not going to end the career of the most prolific run-scorer ever without an extremely good reason.

Patience has been wearing thin for a very long time now and whatever happened in Australia must have been the last straw.

It will be interesting to see what happens now - I just hope the ECB chooses the next 'team director' wisely. Clue: Ashely Giles is no Darren Lehmann.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 10:02 GMT)

Today's paranoia theory. KP's sacking (and consequent availability for IPL) is all part of the ECB's deal with the BCCI to make tests less popular and the IPL the focus of all cricket.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 5, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

@Chris_P on (February 4, 2014, 19:17 GMT) Have to admit , I'm surprised. I'm not surprised he's been excluded from the T20/ODI squads but am surprised he's had his career finished. There has to be more to it that cricketing reasons

@CodandChips - I wonder if all bridges have been burnt for the time being? KP says he still wants to play. Can't imagine it's purely a decision made based on performances

@2929paul on (February 4, 2014, 19:45 GMT) It's a strange one. His actions at the mid part of 2012 gave the impression that he wanted out and he retired from shorter formats. But then when he was outed re textgate he almost immediately reconfirmed his love for playing for England in all formats. Maybe he thought he wanted out but then realised he wanted back in

Posted by Dirk_L on (February 5, 2014, 9:55 GMT)

Prediction: while England struggles to subdue even West Indies, Pietersen will rake up huge scores for Surrey.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

Join PAK team & resolve our batting problem ;)

Posted by Tova on (February 5, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

I think this is a very courageous decision by the ECB. I'm a big fan of KP and do feel that he does have that touch of genius to his game... However the team comes above any individual. His presence in the team has obviously reached the point where his presence is proving to be detrimental to the success of the team moving forward... In that case he has to go... A question was asked earlier about who you would prefer to watch bat, KP or Cook. The answer for mine is KP. But the more prudent question would be who would you rather have as a team mate? I think that Cook would win that hands down.... And at the end of the day, that's the more important answer...

Posted by cricket_redemption on (February 5, 2014, 9:44 GMT)

It is a very disappointing news for every cricket fan. ECB has taken a very huge step backwards. KP is the greatest batsman in the history of england. They should've instead sacked Cook for forming a internal team in the dressing room along with swann, jimmy & trott. my goodness swann and trott are already retired due to their weak mental character with no fightback which is available only in the likes of KP & Broad. There are no other batsman in eng currently who could create a fear factor for opposition in all forms of cricket. Only with courtesy of KP, eng have won their single major ICC trophy, otherwise they'll be the real chokers. ECB always wanted KP not to participate in any other countries t20 league ,let alone IPL, now what is going to stop him???? He will surely going to get a lucrative contract in every league available in the world, while your players are suffering from mental illness and retiring immediately. If i've been in control of ECB, i would've made him 'captain'!!

Posted by Meety on (February 5, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

@landl47 - difference with Punter & KP is that Punter was an out & out legend of the game, was 101% committed to Oz cricket & had great domestic form (& 100% available for Shield). KP is younger than when Punter when into decline & was arguably the best Pommy bat over 5 tests. They want regeneration? Well Carberry can get the chop, Root is young & in & around the squad & Ballance got a go. With Flower gone - KP didn't have to get the chop either. Englands W/Cup (50 over) chances have nosedived to almost out of contention.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

why...?????? he was better than many teammates at the ashes. i think in england it's a rule that no batsman should cross 10000 runs , i feel that pieterson is being made scapegoat for their disastrous ashes. if selectors think they can rebuild the team then i can definitely say that they are never going to become no. 1 in any format

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

Memo australia: if you take a few quick wickets in the first test vs South Africa, it is highly unlikely that they will go to pieces, surrender 5-0 and sack their best player to boot.

What a farce.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (February 5, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

In the last analysis, this final departure of KP - probably the most purely inspirational batsman ever to play Test cricket - is a failure of a management to stay on the back of the tiger. He did not conform. England always likes conformity. He had arrogance. England doesn't know what to do with arrogance when the default English postion is being deferential or modest. And most tellingly of all, he had outrageous talent and that meant that he was impervious to all the systems & computer-analysis in the world. In short, he needed to be given his head, needed affirmation & a little love. When he had those he won matches and gave those watching something that becomes increasingly special as the years roll on - imperishable memories of cricket played at its glorious best. But, in Eng, this was not his age; it's the age of the stats analyst & tomes on management methodology - that, if they mention maverick at all, state: outside frame of reference. Unpredictable. High risk. Best avoided.

Posted by brusselslion on (February 5, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

Apologies for plugging a rival website (BBC), but there is a great article there by Tom Fordyce. As he says: "Few nations do sporting meltdown like England". I've never been KP's biggest fan, and I think that there is good reason to question whether he is still worth his place in the team. He hasn't performed for the past 3 series - 4 100s in 48 innings - and has been inconsistent for 2/3 years .... but, the way that this has been handled stinks. It does appear that KP is being made the sole scapegoat for what happened in Australia unless, of course, this is the first in a series of announcements by the ECB along the lines of: "Carberry/ Monty/ Tremlett/ Bresnan/ Prior/ etc./ don't form part of our future plans".

Worryingly (for me), I find myself agreeing with most of what Piers Morgan has to say on the matter!

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 5, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

@jonesy2 What do you know about cricket? Nothing.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

Sad to see him go this way. ..surely had atleast 2-3 years of test cricket left in him .. one of the finest stroke-player of modern era ...

Posted by Ian_the_unready on (February 5, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

v Australia 2013-2014 10 682 113 34.10 v India 2011-2012 8 871 202* 72.58 v New Zealand 2013-2013 2 85 73 28.33 v Pakistan 2012-2012 3 67 32 11.16 v South Africa 2012-2012 2 219 149 54.75 v Sri Lanka 2011-2012 5 388 151 55.42 v West Indies 2012-2012 3 203 80 50.75

Series over the last 2/3 years truly a man in decline ey? And only behind Cook as the most successful.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

I can see England suffering for a few years trying to rebuild without the likes of KP & Trott. Back to the 90s doldrums!

Posted by Charlie101 on (February 5, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

I do not feel I can understand or accept this decision until KP / ECB / Cook reveals exactly what happened behind the scenes and i guess we will not hear until Flower or one of the players writes a kiss and tell book . I did hear on the radio Aggers saying that various team members were concerned the way Pieterson was "giving" away his wicket but no one came out of the tour well except Stokes and plenty of the players were "giving" away their wickets so I am sure it was not that reason.

What a terrible shame for England and KP

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

If KPs dropped for being a trouble maker then the complete band of ECB administrators should be fired for failing to handle one trouble maker out of a squad of 15. Careers of Wasim, Shoaib, Afridi wouldve never taken off were they born in the UK.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 9:15 GMT)

dont think this will be the final decision from ecb they might call him back.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

go and play for South Africa ;)

Posted by Sagarneel on (February 5, 2014, 9:09 GMT)

While I have no say about the decision, as a cricket lover, I am surely disappointed. KP plays a brand of cricket that people pay to watch, and the world of Test cricket won't be the same without him. Even though he played some of his greatest knocks against India, as an Indian supporter, I am incredibly sad that I won't get to see him in Tests anymore. Personally I feel, he should have been better managed, he had a bunch of talent, and he could have made a far greater impact if they could manage his attributes that led to his axing. Sad day!

Posted by AamirKhan-SuperStar on (February 5, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

Its like Cook has scored 5 tons in last ten matches and Trott their best performer with Root & Stokes most experienced batsmen. Nice ECB great decision, just hoping its not a result of personal issues between KP & Cook who doesn't even play T20.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

Poor...really poor management!!! He is still the best batsman for England. England's management should have taken the note from Australia. They are now successfully tackling Watson and even though he is not at his best, yet his contribution seems to be game changing every time. It seems like Pietersen have been made scapegoat here by the people trying to save their own jobs.

Posted by Buckers97 on (February 5, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

KP should now return to South Africa and take Jacques Kallis' place in the South Africa Side at 4. Hmmm...maybe

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

Someone smart should give him the Indian citizenship and play him in the Indian team... We need someone like Kevin!!!

Posted by AamirKhan-SuperStar on (February 5, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

What!!!! You gotta be kidding me.. KP is the best in business, common he is just 33 he can still offer so much. Cricketers are adored in our country, and someone has rightly commented here he should come to India to feel loved, Bret Lee, Shaun Tait, Gayle, Bravo, Ross Taylor and many more i cant recall will agree with this.

Posted by switchmitch on (February 5, 2014, 8:47 GMT)

You don't rebuild by dropping the best player; you rebuild AROUND the best player. How can these administrative "decision makers" deprive the fans by dropping the only "ticket worthy" player in the team? Just because he is 33? and anti establishment? Are these cricketing reasons?

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 5, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

2 Great Saffa players have now recently retired. First Kallis and now KP. Tough times.

Posted by wapuser on (February 5, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

Preposterous.. Downright Pathetic seeing one of the genius and finest cricketing talent of not only England but Cricket as a whole being wasted like this...

Posted by smudgeon on (February 5, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

Such a shame to see this happen. Despite some weak dismissals in the recent Ashes series, I think he still has a lot to offer the English Test team on the field. I can't help but think this decision is based on his off-field personality. Still, the thing is that KP seems to perform best when he has a point to prove: perhaps those county trundlers need to beware for the next couple of years!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

oh my god this is not good for ecb greme swann then jonathan trott and now kevin pitersen please dont do a this big mistake big loss for cricket the big fan of kevin pitersen

ahtesham khan

Posted by 64blip on (February 5, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

So let's see, the starting XI for Sri Lanka: 1: Cook, 2: ?, 3: ?, 4: ?, 5: Bell, 6: Stokes, 7: ?, 8: ?, 9: Broad, 10: ?, 11: Anderson. Somewhere in there Root - probably at 4 as they haven't tried him there yet and despite the fact many believe a time back in CC is what he needs. The selectors have made a rod for their own back because the first time there are problems - and looking at that 'team' it's hard to believe there won't be - they will be calling for the return of KP, who no doubt will be in all the media saying he's ready if his country calls.

Posted by Malvino on (February 5, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

@trigga315 "If they had of sacked KP whilst Trott was still there and Prior or Cook in form I would of understood."

We don't know exactly how KP disrupted the changing room. Perhaps the ECB are trading an underperforming and individualistic Pietersen because they think it will help bring back the solid (if boring) platform of Trott and Cook back.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

Ask yourself this, who would you rather watch bat, KP or Cook?

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

So, who's walking round Lord's with a limp, having shot themselves in the foot? World T20 coming up, and England's "scary" top 3 don't look up to it without KP (unless 40/3 is the new 50/0). England in limited overs cricket are very obviously a better team with Pietersen than without. OK, KP didn't play that well in Aus, but nor did many others (Pietersen was top scorer for England in the Ashes), and "mechanical" cricket of the sort the rest of the team play won't get punters through the gates, especially if England start losing regularly. This is very clearly not a cricket decision, it's a behaviour issue, with Pietersen carrying the can for a poor tour. If that is deserved (and that can only be for team morale reasons), then we need to understand why quickly.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 5, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

This was a disaster waiting to happen. KP's attitude in the dressing room was always a problem, Not only in the national side but also in the counties that he has played in. The selectors, the captains and the team had to bear him as long as he was in good form. Also at one point he succeeded in forcing the selectors to allow him to play IPL, when the others were not allowed.

Having said that now he is almost 34 and his form does not appear to be what it was earlier. So Kevin should have expected this because he was waliking on really thin ice. He made this path for himself. I think this is the reason why the wording says that building a new team without KP.

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Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

What a waste of a talent. Probably some dressing room problems that needed good and strong management and a good captain, non of which has happened, certainly not lately. Strange how a management support team of 20 didn't seem to do much. What do they all do for Gods sake?

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

Dear KP come to INDIA we will recieve u heartly and our young team INDIA need u..........

Posted by markatnotts on (February 5, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

Has anyone else noticed the irony of the sheer number of comments from people usually appalled he played for England, now wailing that he won't be?

Posted by Haleos on (February 5, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

BCCI never had the guts to do what ECB has done. Players tagging along even when they had long surpassed their prime.

Posted by nade123 on (February 5, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

Very Unfair! Why him alone ? I agree with Vaughan - ECB should release the reasons why ?

Posted by Thuram3 on (February 5, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

Great article, the Poms have lost a real gem. He and Graeme Smith will be good to watch for Surrey.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

Can he come and play for South Africa now?

Posted by saiparames on (February 5, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

Very sad day for cricket,most lovable cricketer for all around the world we Miss you KP......all the best....

Posted by itsjustagameboys on (February 5, 2014, 7:53 GMT)

Whilst he is great box office, I have been frustrated with KP's performances for a couple of years now, and feel that on balance he has disappointed more often than thrilled. He seemed immune to being dropped, and would eventually post a good score just in time to guarantee another unchallenged run in the side. I'm glad I don't have to watch him get to 30/40 and then throw his wicket away when batting with ease and the team needing him to go on to a big score. If that is part of the reason why he was dropped (throwing his wicket away when the team needed more) then Ian Bell should be looking over his shoulder too. In my view he is just as culpable as KP of this. Their extraordinary talent makes it all the more frustrating and wasteful. You can be certain that the same talent exists in the next generations of players, let's hope they will not be as wasteful now that they finally have a chance to emerge from the shadows.

Posted by crktttt on (February 5, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

I registered today just to post this comment...

"Coach", "Divisive Influence", "Rebuilding"... blah blah.. Who cares about all this stuff? It's certainly not the fans. Cricket fans want to watch great players playing great cricket. It's really as simple as that.

Cricket Boards, Coaches, Captains - please do not kick out great players for silly reasons. Please thing about us, the cricket fans.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

kp is not only best player of england but of the whole crickecting world his ommission from england cricket team is a stupid decision.he is the best and will remain best i only saw englands cricket to see kp batting and yes he is a superstar will always remain ecb must habe gone mad they shud come to there senses before england goes on the loosing spree wdoit there best and most solid maverick player kevin peterson

Posted by CoolSree on (February 5, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

Make KP the coach now...he will be able to contribute to ECB

Posted by ketaann on (February 5, 2014, 7:35 GMT)

it is the worst decision. England should also leave out now hopes of winning next WC, ashes and any other major tournament. england didn't enjoyed much success in limited overs cricket becoz they have history of dropping players at the age of 33-35. No england batsman has ever made 10000 runs.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (February 5, 2014, 7:35 GMT)

I think the way KP has been "used and thrown" out of english setup, should sound huge alarm bells for people who are foreign-born and are looking for a genuine career in england.

England will continue to lose in forthcoming series because the problem which led to 0-5 against australia hasn't been fixed but aggravated.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 5, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

Can KP make a move to SA and take Kallis' spot ? I heard he still has a South African passport and a house in Cape Town. That would teach the Poms a lesson and also be redemption for KP for abandoning his motherland in the first place. As an Indian supporter, I can say for sure that India loves KP and would welcome him gladly to the IPL. We can even give him an Indian passport if he wants and make him play for India. If KP really is that bad, then the ECB need to come out and answer some questions put forth by fans. What did he do wrong ???

Posted by PrasPunter on (February 5, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

90s' comes calling for England with this decision. Back to the 2 runs-per-over era.

Posted by yorkslanka on (February 5, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

hugely stupid decision to get rid of Englands best player by a country mile imho..are the ECB seriously saying that Bairstow is a like for like replacement? Plain and simple, this is so that Giles can carry on with the "jobs for the boys" appointment and he wont have to try and coach/manage KP..England have sacrificed their team so that the ECB can get a yes man..KP will now go to be a world T20 specialist like his mate Gayle and good on him...

Posted by TheOnlyEmperor on (February 5, 2014, 7:22 GMT)

The song by Queen comes to mind ... " Another one bites the dust! Another one gone! Another one gone! Another one bites the dust! Hey, I'm gonna get you too! Another one bites the dust!". So relevant! What a shame that KP had to fall victim to the English cricket establishment!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 7:21 GMT)

Perhaps, one of the painful decisions taken by the authority as what Flower hinted during his post-ashes conference earlier. Furthermore, the ECB maintained their status to make bold decisions and surprise the cricket followers around the globe. Though, the decision has been taken based on certain evaluations, but I believe those evaluations doesn't outweigh the benefits of this superstar. Particularly, they could have provided a lifeline until the 2015 WC, much like a Kallis scenario. The decision has been made in a rush with an intention to maintain the status quo.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

This is how ECB treats a Maverick payer....Sad day for World cricket !

Posted by kbilgrami on (February 5, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

Well its his discipline and behaviour more than anything else that cost KP his career. His performance with the bat is unquestionable. Wish you best KP !

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 5, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

should never have been welcomed to play for England in the first place. England could not be more a joke if they tried. whats next, make joe root captain?

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 5, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

he was giving surrey players a lesson in how to play spin bowling? good lord, that's like hilter going to west Africa and adopting babies

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

As Kevin was born in South Africa , he should now play for SA . With Kallis gone in test he will be best Replacement

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

really sad about u kevin...u are the favourite English player..

Posted by TheOnlyEmperor on (February 5, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

He brings style, confidence and flamboyance to cricket. To think that he is only 33 and being kicked out because he has a larger than life persona that the English establishment couldn't tame, reflects the English culture and way of doing things in incredibly poor light. Cricket may be a team sport, but every sport needs its heroes and this is the case of a truly great cricket hero who has been killed by his own. If the English establishment want to rebuild the English team, then they should search for more free spirited people like KP rather than eject them from the system for non-conformance!

Posted by PrasPunter on (February 5, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

We lost 3 Ashes in a row but still our spirit was not knocked down. We responded with a 5-0 and Eng are all over the places !! Aus strikes and strikes big as it has always been the case.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

So finally it's us the followers who have to bear this, for ultimately KP was one of those who made us watch Cricket. English Cricket had been nothing less than a boring lot before the champion arrived and would be the same from now on. KP! you've been instrumental in bringing a change to the defensive mode of English Cricket and it were you who made them win World T20. Wish you all the best. I'm still awed at the blunder. Will have to find reasons to watch Cricket from now on as there's no Lara, Inzaman, Ponting, Tendulkar & now KP!!!! Best of luck. You'll be missed a lot. A Pakistani supporter.. .

Posted by SapanCricFan on (February 5, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

End of one of the most promising and one of the best career. KP is one of the core reason behind England's success in recent years. Arguably one of the greatest modern era batsman who can destroy any attack on given day. He played for England with full of pride. Yet one can say whole career was somewhat controversial. Specially what he did when S.Africa toured last time, he texted some unethical things to touring players is really not good. Unfortunate end of what would have been superb career, I still believe he could have played a vital role in CWC 2015. This is not the way ECB should have responded to such an illustrious career. As an Indian cricket fan, I will hopefully can see him playing the format which he liked from the beginning IPL. Anyways, Wishing KP all the best for future. We'll definitely miss his presence on the field with English jersey and color.

Posted by Leggie on (February 5, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

Pathetic decision by ECB. Some of England's finest victories have been achieved with the contribution from KP. In my view, England's self belief soared only after KP started playing for England. Till then, England seemed to be an honest team, ready to accept any result. KP showed them how to win matches from situations that were not in their favour. And for such yeoman service, ECB sacks KP. This is very unprofessional on the part of ECB. I wish/hope that KP can qualify to play for some other test team and have a successful career outside of England.

Posted by smartsaket on (February 5, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

Wow. Really big call. There just cannot be any cricketing reasons given for this. He was better than most England batsmen in the Australian tour even though his performance was not great. They really should have learned to manage him. I hope he gets fired up and makes a killing across the T20 leagues and England lose the world T20 badly. Losing him at this point when England have hardly any in form batsmen is going to hurt them badly. and more than anything it seems just so unfair to drop a cricketer who is so talented and whose on field or public demeanor (atleast in the last year or so) doesn't look like it warrants such a drastic action. We don't know what goes on in the dressing room, but losing such a fantastic batsmen is simply unaffordable for England.

Posted by timtom on (February 5, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

Very shameful act by ECB. If they cannot manage one person how are they supposed to build a new team of eleven. KP is the best entertainer in current england set up ,morgan being second. Rest all players are very slow, non responsive and fail to bring any excitement or crowd. Really a spineless act.

Posted by Yaswanth.Ram on (February 5, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

Now I want KP to get into Irish Team and gift England another famous defeat in WC15!! I really want this to happen :-)

Posted by sasmit_cricket on (February 5, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

After all this, I would love to see KP score tons of runs in IPL and England get kicked out of group stages in T20 World Cup.

Posted by CodandChips on (February 5, 2014, 6:59 GMT)

Was hoping he'd be in WT20. With him ruled out I'd bring Ballance in and have either him or Root at 3.

1.Hales 2.Vince 3.Root/Ballance 4.Morgan 5.Buttler 6.Stokes 7.Ali 8.Broad 8.Napier 10.Jordan 11.Briggs- Gurney Borthwick Davies

Perhaps no KP means that England will use WT20as experimentation with youngsters. Makes sense- we're not gonna win it with our current lot

Posted by Srivathsan_Sridharan on (February 5, 2014, 6:56 GMT)

Would the ECB have dropped Pietersen if they had won the Ashes? Is the problem in managing KP exist only in this tour or from the home Ashes itself? If yes, why didn't they drop him after the conclusion of the home Ashes which they have won 3-0? Remember that KP scored a century during that series and they wanted him in the team since he is scoring runs. Now that he is slightly out of form that they made him responsible for the loss by saying that he is violating team principle, ethic etc.

Posted by CricLook on (February 5, 2014, 6:56 GMT)

Totally ridiculous. I think there is conspiracy against Pietersen in English cricket for sometime. His misfortune is that he represented England rather than his home nation SA. If he is an English or at least British , they would put him over the moon. He still have lot to offer and he is best player among the ranks by a wide margin. They afraid a non-english will be in history as their greatest cricketer, typical english bureaucracy.

Posted by maldon2adelaide on (February 5, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Great man management skills England. Australia has a loose cannon in Dave Warner what do the aussies do sack him as a disrupting influence. No they dont they work out that he has things to offer the team and get the very best out of him. But not England back to the stuffy shirts, tow the line, no characters needed here thanks approach!

Posted by TheOnlyEmperor on (February 5, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

KP was the bad boy in the books of the English cricketing establishment. They were never ever going to give him the 2-3 years he would have needed to cross 10000 and be termed as the greatest English batsmen ever. A lot of the English establishment and that would include all the ex-players could never have swallowed that with grace. His sacking was inevitable. I have mentioned this repeatedly in my numerous posts from the time of the Ashes but Espncricinfo has still not found itself the courage to publish anything that goes against the established establishment ways of thinking. To think that we live amongst broad minded and really educated people! Ha!

Posted by Markdal on (February 5, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

Not too sure that he won't be recalled at some stage. After all, in the past, England's "looking to the future" has involved recalling guys like MJK Smith (41), Cowdrey (41), Gatting (37)...

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

What a Pity. Why ax always fall on those who are not worthy of it. English cricket would be mediocre as before. If Pietersen was a distraction in the dressing room, he wasn't there for Limited overs and T20s. The results for both series speaks for themselves. But unfortunately boring Giles would stay in the job. How many could seriously think that Giles could bring change in the fortune of England in near future??????????

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

hes my favourite batsman... its a poor descision

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

Hey Peterson, why not go and play for South Africa in Kallis' spot!?

Posted by AltafPatel on (February 5, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

It's impossible SA will take him in place of Kallis, but KP should try to play for WI. That way he can extend his career for 5 years more.

Posted by AltafPatel on (February 5, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

Career for Trott also seems to be end following same way Trescothik did in 2006 before Aus tour. Cook is out of form. Swann already made end, bowlers in poor form, no potential seem in Root, Carberry, future of England is dark like WI.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

Wow, over 400 comments already. I cannot even begin to read them.

This is a brave decision by the ECB, but I also can't help thinking that it was the easy decision. Historically KP and his behaviour has been unacceptable. Since the SA SMS incidents I believe he has learnt a lesson and was committed to the cause.

Who knows what was going on in the change room. If KP was speaking his mind then no doubt he will have been slating the leadership (there was none from captain nor coach on the AUS tour). If a senior pro cannot speak out in private then we have a major problem, which ECB is going to fix by brining in young "yes men".

If ECB are truly brave I fully hope (and expect) more announcements. The sacking of Cook as captain and Giles as 1-day and T20 coach will follow.

It's a shame that it ended like this. Goodbye KP, thanks for your entertainment, you will be sorely missed.

Posted by AltafPatel on (February 5, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

It's not end of KP but that of England team. No wonder if they fall same place where WI is(after their golden age).

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:41 GMT)

We would miss you KP. You were a treat to watch. An extremely talented and level headed cricketer. All the best for the future..........A message from Pakistan......

Posted by AltafPatel on (February 5, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

It's same KP whose 186 in Mumbai brought first test series victory in India for England last year.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

Dropping him is one thing but saying he will never play for England again is another. He's only 33 and players like Tendulkar, Ponting, Kallis and co played a lot longer than that. Sangakara and Jayawardene too. So what if your most prolific scorer has a big ego or often gets out due to lack of concentration? Can Cook seriously put his hand on his heart and say that Peterson is more to blame than himself for the Ashes whitewash? What about Cook himself averaging so poorly with the bat in recent times? What about him getting out slashing at wide deliveries? What about his boring, negative captaincy? There are so many things unanswered and this is just bizzare.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

Never thought Cook is such a stupid.May be Cook is just relieved to put the entire blame on KP and thus get away with his unimaginative,worse than mediocre captaincy... KP, congratz on a magnificent career man.You are truely a champ. Just love the fact that we can now enjoy his batting for the entire season of IPL.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

So, if I understand correctly, the ECB has decided to nominate Pietersen as the sacrificial lamb after a disastrous winter and stick with Cook, who failed to lead and bat. Bravo!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

This is a disgraceful and weak decision by the ECB. No matter what issues there are, it is the actions and results on the field that count. And no doubt that KP can deliver on the field with bat. No other English batsman comes even close to what he can do. Even as opposition supporters we enjoyed KPs batsmanship when he got going. Only world cricket will be the loser cus of a pathetic decision such as this , for losing such an immense talent in this way. Hope ECB And the weak English captain/management will reap the rewards for this pathetic decision in the next few years with yet more thrashings like the ashes .. First thrashing coming up in world t20 from the associate teams like AFG hopefully !

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

This is a disgraceful and weak decision by the ECB. No matter what issues there are, it is the actions and results on the field that count. And no doubt that KP can deliver on the field with bat. No other English batsman comes even close to what he can do. Even as opposition supporters we enjoyed KPs batsmanship when he got going. Only world cricket will be the loser cus of a pathetic decision such as this , for losing such an immense talent in this way. Hope ECB And the weak English captain/management will reap the rewards for this pathetic decision in the next few years with yet more thrashings like the ashes .. First thrashing coming up in world t20 from the associate teams like AFG hopefully !

Posted by AltafPatel on (February 5, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

KP might be regretting for both, playing for England and not playing for SA.

Posted by Ram-i on (February 5, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

In all fairness, KP was expecting this as soon as he was sent back after the Ashes painting. For Poms God Save them - and if Mr.Dernbach still retains his place as 'the specialist' T20 player with a career econ of '8.something' - ECB might need to see a Shrink!

Posted by MeijiMura on (February 5, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

Without KP there is no longer a reason for people to watch England play cricket. The remaining players, particularly in the Test arena, have absolutely nothing going for them whatsoever. At least KP brought crowds, got people talking and created interest whenever he played and therefore whenever England played. Now what?!

Posted by blthndr on (February 5, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

they just not lost a player bt also their X factor....well good luck....

Posted by Cricfever_PM on (February 5, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

ECB made one of worst decision as KP still has 4 or 5 years left in him and we all know what KP capable. He was the highest scorer in the Ashes, may be his behavior with Team have let to drop him. Anyhow he still can play for county and IPL. Have a peaceful career KP.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

He is still best player in the world cricket.We will miss him.Its a bad job done by English Cricket.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

We love KP in the UK as much as anywhere else in the cricketing world. He is a genius with bat, his flare unrivalled. England cricket fans will miss him badly. Wish him all the best for future.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

Shocked...a player of Pietersen's class and talent shown the door in this fashion...considered him 2 be in the same league as Sachin and Sir Viv...gosh...what is d ECB upto...and do the English team have any replacement for this irreplacable giant of a cricketer... Sadly, I am not at all hopeful!!!

Posted by jkumara on (February 5, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

All the best KP. Only reason I watched England team over last 7-8 years was you. I firmly believe this one of the most stupid and ridiculous decisions made by bunch of fools (called selection committee) in recent history and England is bound to sink further and further at least for another 15-20 years till they find another KP. There are no talents in England and they should probably stop playing cricket for the sake of the game.

Posted by punterdgr8 on (February 5, 2014, 6:17 GMT)

c'mon!!pls don't compare the gr8 sir viv to kp.he's not even good as a one handed viv richards.having said that,he's clearly the best english batsman 'in the present set-up',has an aura around himself.now ind will whitewash eng in eng 4 the first time and our media will start singin praises of our over-hyped gentlemen.sad day for an indian patriot and an indian cricket hater.o,hang on!there's the fifa wc right at the same time.saved from the misery!!!

Posted by PrasPunter on (February 5, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

KP is one of the architects of a famous Eng series victory in india not so long ago and they have dropped him !! What's wrong with the ECB ?

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:15 GMT)

So then, the fallout continues! Fortress England really has been razed well and truly this time, jus the Ashes remain, oh wait, no they don't!

Sorry England fans, had to have that little dig! But on the KP issue, i'm just not sure that they don't need him right now. With Trott not on the job, Prior having been dropped and now KP pushed out it really only leaves Cook and Bell as certainties in the top 7, for mine that leaves a lot of holes to fill and probably means having to push up too many underdone youngsters at once. Feed them to the wolves if you like, but as we saw with Aus on the Indian and England tours it can be hard enough filling two vacancies. England still hadn't found a replacement for Strauss, really, trying to replace the afformentioned trio on top is going to be no mean feat, add in Swann and it becomes a nightmare. For mine you probably couldn't have made a worse decision.

Posted by Volatility on (February 5, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

once upon a time there was a Tendulkar farewell....and now this is the Pietersen farewell...what a shame....

Posted by Siddharth194 on (February 5, 2014, 6:11 GMT)

Long call but it would be great to see KP qualify for SA in some years and play for them at least some T20Is..hes 33 now after all.Whimsy.

Posted by wonky on (February 5, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

Whats's going on with the ECB ??? First they join the greedy BCCI on a "lets demolish world cricket idea " then weaken their team intentionally. This is a subtle way of placing the blame on him for the 5-0. Lets face facts without KP and Jonathan Trott, I doubt they would've won those Ashes three times in a row. Great nations allow great players to call time on their own careers, ala Kallis and Tendulkar. Looks like ECB just don't know what a great player is and as for Alistarie, I can hear him now .. "It didn't help me much when KP was dragging his feet around the dressing room after another wicket went down" This is a joke and hats off to Australia for absolutely demolishing England, even at board room level. Welcome back ... whipping boys !!

Posted by mayankonthemove on (February 5, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

why is it that all the great players of late 90s and 2000s have a sad story to end. First it was Dravid, then it was Laxman and Ponting and now its KP. Why cant we give our heroes a deserving farewell.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

they better knows what to do...but as a player KP was one of the finest cricketers i've ever seen...and he has played cricket for england in the times when they have achieved alot...KP has played a main role in achieving all great things and honours for england cricket...words would come less to define him but in short he is a legend <3

Posted by Siddharth194 on (February 5, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

Oh this is absolutely unnecessary.If England need to start 'rebuilding' they need to first throw out clowns like James Whitaker and Ashley Giles.I mean what could have KP done that he deserved this?English cricket is the loser here.Whos gonna hold the middle order with Bell?Gary Ballance?James Taylor?or Joe Root?He cant even hit a six.Good luck.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 5, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

To all those English supporters who are rejoicing from this news, let me ask you all a simple question. What do you expect from a decent cricketer ? Do you wish for him to perform at his very best majority of the time (like KP) OR do you wish him to be a 'YES' man ? Cause if the latter is your answer, then yes, KP deserves to be out of this so called 'team'. Cook, Anderson, Prior are all cronies of Andy Flower and Graham Gooch. This is why they won't be axed for the next several years. KP was a GENIUS, obviously he didn't want to wag his tail to Cook and co. Being the BEST player in the whole squad, he probably expected a better environment where he could be open about the team's debacle and speak his mind out. Why couldn't the ECB and the England management allow him that ? Was he not worth it ? This is utterly ridiculous to prematurely kill off his international career. Mark my words folks, England's future will be bad from now on. Back to the dark 90s for you all.

Posted by Rajeshj on (February 5, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

Quite a pathetic decision and one that has little logic.. A 33-year old KP, who was the leading run-scorer for England in the recent series has been forced to retire.. Whereas a 32-year old Ian Bell, who played rubbish cricket in the recent series has been allowed to continue.. I don't think England deserve any sympathy for the way they have handled these players and Cook/Giles/Flower seem to be quite an ominous combination.. Good luck to England, but one can stay assured they would be trampled where ever they go and play, because they lack honest and good thinkers in the Management, just like Indian cricket..

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

see the number of comments and support KP is getting....How can administrator of game can become more powerful than players and game itself. pitty.....

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 5, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

They've already lost Trott, Swann and possibly Prior in three Tests. Better sack the guy who's about to become England's top run scorer. Boof just wanted a win - not to wreck this havoc. But I guess he enjoys it all the same. Also... KP was England's TOP run scorer in the Ashes - so who's next best? England are a shambles - would take some guts to want to be coach. Virtually starting from scratch - at least Boof had an in form captain, an experienced and in form keeper (people forget that Haddin didn't let himself down in his solitary India test at all with the gloves and had a very good Shield season) and a good bowling attack to work with. The next England coach only has Stokes - the prodigy (Root) is dreadful in all formats atm, the captain's tactically disabled and in dreadful form and the new blokes aren't flash.

Bad luck KP, have no reason to disrespect you and have always admired your batsmanship. Will never forget your Mumbai innings. Had potential to be one of the greats

Posted by CrICkeeet on (February 5, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

Interestingly, I can see here the pain of indian fans more than english.. (note- um also a kp fan bt here i can feel his popularity in ind)

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

hilarious decision by ECB

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

just when we thought , nothing could get worst for england !

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

What a script! What a prime time show, with a large keen global audience! Is this the last episode in the "KP Serial"? If so, the last episode is really tragic. There are no heroes. No Williams either. KP's Hamletian question, "To Be or Not to Be" is answered. Not to be. It is preceded by a few tragic scripts played out by other actors, before the curtain apparently and finally came down.

The petals of the flower stared wilting or falling down. First Trot. Next Swann. Then the flower itself. Finally, the prickly thorn which was pocking the flower is surgically removed by the new Doc Downton, after consulting many specialists.

Here is new 'Avtar' of our good old Tony Greig, whose route, KP almost took. Is there a new 'Avtar' of Kerry Packer, stretching a helping hand for KP to grab and get up? No one knows for sure.

Posted by PrasPunter on (February 5, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

Not a great decision !! Does Eng have a lot of depth to not have KP ? KP is one reason Eng did so well since 2005. A small break and he should be fine. This decision is not going to take them anywhere. Does this mean that he won't play tests as well ? Eng fans, any idea ?

Posted by naveenrai on (February 5, 2014, 5:39 GMT)

you just can not end a successfull player,s career like this.without giving a proper reasoning.the way ECB did this i can not understand.

Posted by sherishahmir on (February 5, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

Unfortunate End of a v short Good time for England team in world cricket as KP is on the verge of being excluded from English team. A player who has changed the English team losing ability into winning and probably regarded not only the best English batsman but also one of the most prolific batsman in world cricket ever seen like ponting, sanga, kallis, hussey, lara, yousif and AB Dilviliers etc. He is kind of player who is equally good in all formats of the game and carry great impact in English batting lineup and is exclusion simply meant England is not serious in winning T20, World Cup and top rank in test arena, anymore. England lost in Ashes by 5-0 is really a shock and more a fluke which probably even Australia was not sure to achieve if someone ask at the start of the series, but it does not mean that ECB excludes such a high profile and seasoned player from their plans and make English team a mediocre team like what they were before KP started to play for England,disgusting.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 5:37 GMT)

shame on you ECB...What a shame..There is no other batsmen in england team who i would stop to watch..Shame on you England..Tsk tsk..@KP will miss you brotha..

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

There are fundamental issues here. The ECB has turned into the worst kind of town council where group-think dominates. Players have to be nice guys and keep their mouths shut, in order to be picked. It is shocking that you take your best player at the prime of his career, age 32, and retire him because he doesn't drink the same Koolaid. This is a colossal failure of England management to allow any kind of flair on and off the field. What they want in the team apparently are six Cooks and five Broads. I would rather watch the paint dry than watch Cook bat. I wonder if this reflects the culture of England itself these days...in football terms, become like Germany, and get far from Brazil...how boring! Of course, there is strong underlying confidence that there is plenty of talent coming up through the ranks, but really to dispense with your best player on flimsy non-specific b.s. grounds? India will be delighted to be playing against an England without Pietersen!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

very good decision by the ECB. No player is bigger than the team...!

Posted by landl47 on (February 5, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

It's a tough decision to make, but the fact is that England with Pietersen were thrashed in the Ashes and at 33 with some chronic injury problems he's not going to get any better. Rather than do what Australia did by keeping Ponting hanging around long after his form had gone, England has bitten the bullet and faced the need to rebuild.

The good news is there's a clutch of very talented young cricketers coming through. The bad news is that they really are young, mostly under 25. They won't be anywhere near their peak for several years. However, I can live with a developing young side, even if they have to take a few lumps along the way. Better that than see England gradually decline as the old guard fades away.

Posted by vadivelalagan on (February 5, 2014, 5:23 GMT)

KP is Best player in World Cricket, he is amazing talent, If any chance to playing for India, please Indian cricket board took him, he awesome player.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 5, 2014, 5:23 GMT)

Cant wait to find out what happened behind the scenes. There must have been a huge bust up for ECB to effectively end his career. Maybe KP had been a thorn in side for England management for many years.

Anyway, I think England should move away from sniping Kolpak players and start focusing on home grown talent. Mercenaries can be troublesome.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

This is a huge call. England is too regimented and the players don't seem to have much fun. Similarly divisive yet gifted players like Shane Warne, Jesse Ryder, Lasith Malinga and a lot of players from Pakistan would never have survived in this England set-up. Maybe that has something to do with England's lack of sporting glory. I mean, they celebrated like they had won the football world cup when they won a test series in 2005. Clearly starved of success.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (February 5, 2014, 5:21 GMT)

Can't believe we won't be seeing KP playing test cricket ever again. Shocking decision. I only hope it was a well thought out one.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

He wasn't even given a chance in the Australia limited overs series. He is then kicked out of the team based on his test showings. I don't think he has performed any worse than the rest. I'm pretty sure Andy Flower tried to exact revenge in the last days of his job. How do we know that his career is over? He is still only 33 and can come back after a couple of middle order failures which is bound to happen. ECB does not exactly follow what it says. I'm pretty sure he will play in the next WC. Anyway, this will only do him good. He can play in the IPL while his 'friends' play in a series against West Indies while almost all the West Indian players will be in India playing IPL with him. Make some money and enjoy some good cricket instead of playing a stupid series at the cost of a T20 WC England are bound to lose. He is anyway bound to come back into the team.

Posted by yogicoolboy on (February 5, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

Sad news and a big surprise also.

Posted by India_boy on (February 5, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

DALE STEYN must be so relieved and happy on hearing this! The way he was beaten and scarred by KP, he is finally going to sleep better now!

Posted by Fernando248 on (February 5, 2014, 5:02 GMT)

Surprised by the decision of ECB, why to sack him following the wishes of sacked "director". England will surely miss a talented guy. Hope we get to watch him full in IPL.

Posted by LongLiveTestCricket on (February 5, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

Salutes to a great career in which he took England to unprecedented heights- starred in 2 spectacular Ashes wins at home, defeat of India in India tests, Man of the series in World T20 win, win against Aus in Aus.Without him England could have never dreamt of such successes and would just be there to make up the numbers as in the past.He brought the much needed kick of aggression and attacking mentality which was always found lacking in the English.If he is being blamed for all this mess then it has to be a huge issue otherwise this will be deemed as a joke.Clearly nobody in the current team is half as good as him and I am sure that with him go all the chances for all such successes that England would have ever dreamt of. Not a great fan of IPL but glad that atleast it is the saviour for us to see him play for a few more years although England team would never be the same again.

Posted by AncientAstronaut on (February 5, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

Peitersen is a flawed human being, but as a cricketer, he's one of the best in this English side. He wasn't the only one who failed in the series. Clearly, he's being made the scapegoat. It's sad, really. Cook, who batted and captained terribly in the series, hasn't been made accountable at all.

Posted by Vivekaks on (February 5, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

Come on!! not fair at all. Pietersen had a better Ashes than Cook...Pietersen deserved to be in the ODI side too....and trust me his record is probably as good as cook...or even better. This is harsh...but what the hell...he will remain the most audacious and stylish batsman of his generation. ECB dont deserve his service..and I'd be glad to see him score runs in T20 leagues across the world and score bucketful of runs in the county...ECB will learn the hard way! KP...we love you!!!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

ECB just hit the self destruction button.

Posted by crazyboutcricket on (February 5, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

i think it is very unfair on pietersen...... altho i think in a long run it would be good for him.... may be he will express himself better free from all the negativity..... i also believe ECB do owe an explaination for their decision

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

Trott leaves after 2 tests. Swann retires half way through. These guys are not selfish but KP is! Typically english. Bresnan & Carberry keeps on picked up after repeated failures. Someone like Compton ignored completely. Bizzare is the attitude of the ECB and captain. Aus worked out Anderson and Cook. Cook will pile up runs in the home summer against India & SL who has club level bowling attacks.

Posted by KBCA on (February 5, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

You dont 'rebuild' a cricket team. You pick the best 11 players on form and play them. this is so stupid, feel sorry for KP

Posted by Sandasiri_Asitha on (February 5, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

Man of the series when England won their only world title... one of the best T20 player in the world which is proven several times. Their best player on sub continent as well. ECB already give up T20 world cup. Funny.....

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:44 GMT)

Foolish Decision from ECB.... Waiting to see his performance in IPL 2014 edition.... Best of luck KEVIN.....

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

In ECB history, this is how they are ending the greatest careers. Morale for upcoming cricketers: Don't show your cricketing skills more, if so your career will be ended.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

it very disappointing decision for KP. i love to watch his bating..

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

Worst decision ever made. KP was the best one in their side :(

Posted by Gerry_the_Merry on (February 5, 2014, 4:38 GMT)

Unbearably sad day for cricket. In cricket, if everyone has to be meek and humble, what will be left of the charm of the game? How can one remove a batsman who has played some of the greatest innings ever played? Just in 1 year he made 149 against SA, 186 on a lousy turner against India, and 151 in equally difficult circumstances against SL. After Viv Richards, he was the most frightening batsman the game has seen, an awesome combination of talent and power. Anyone who watches footage of his 149 against Steyn, Morkel & Co will agree that it is tough to imagine anyone batting better or more spectacularly. All his boundaries were off the best bowlers. Steyn was nearly beheaded when he bowled with the new ball, and the next ball went for six over long on. The logic of this decision defies belief. How can Flower and KP both be removed???

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:38 GMT)

I feel he deserved a better treatment and dumping him on the back of one series failure is not fair. Feel he has a few more years of cricket left in him.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

In ECB history, this is how they are ending the greatest careers. Morale for upcoming cricketers: Don't show your cricketing skills more, if so your career will be ended.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:36 GMT)

Mitchell Johnson - See what have you done to England, you destroyed them in the Ashes and you destroyed their morale... fun to watch ECB in Panic mode. You should learn how to treat Legends...Miss you KP

Posted by latecut_04 on (February 5, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

Vaughan is spot on:ECB owes an explanation to the cricketing world and in particular Eng supporters and KP himself.I am from India and the last series eng won was against India in India (after 30 odd years??)and KP's 182 in Mumbai on a good,turning pitch set the tone for the series after ENg were 0-1 coming into that test.He is the only modern great in terms of talent and it should be added he didnt do much against Aus in the just concluded Ashes(but still was Eng's leading runscorer).Also it is amazing KP has taken this decision very calmly(from the outside atleast it appears the case)Vaughan is right:whats cooking????

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:18 GMT)

Well, we all know KP is England's reusable scapegoat and here we go again. KP was the man who scored most runs even in this disastrous tour. So, what do you do? Dump him at the first chance and don't bother explaining. Way to go ECB.

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (February 5, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

Without Pietersen, the current Egnlish team is as good as West Indies! They can beat Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, but that's it!!

Posted by AidanFX on (February 5, 2014, 4:10 GMT)

Though aging, he has been forced out quite young for a star batsmen with an average just under 50. I suspect Eng have never fully forgiven him for the time he passed on details to the opposition, suspect he has always been looked on as someone trustworthy. It must be that way because there is no other logical reason to force him on given he has at least 3 good years in him. It is hard to convince players to favour representing your country over lucrative franchise competitions given these big calls are made. In saying that, the people at the top need to be willing to make big calls so we will see if this was the right call long term.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (February 5, 2014, 4:08 GMT)

Long term? WC is one year away ,t20 wc is 3 months away and Ashes 2015 is 18 months away.ECB must be joking

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:07 GMT)

I seem to remember being an England fan for many years and being depressed at the many humiliating defeats by the Australians and subsequent loss of the Ashes. In the 2005 Ashes, the bats first batsman to stand up to the Australians and show them how they could be beaten and the rest of our batsmen the way forward, was a man named…….Pietersen. What kind of decision is this? It certainly doesn't seem to be for the good of the England team, nor the fans. Pietersen wanted to play for England for 2 more years. So why not let him? Of course bring in some new younger players to the team, but don't throw away all of the old team, including England's best batsman in my life time. The young guys need some experienced older players to offer technical guidance and most importantly, show the younger guys how to handle the tough mental aspects of the game. Good luck KP, you have served England well in general and have been managed poorly. Your cricketing skills and nous will be missed.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

Its a very sad newz... Kp is a player of the caliber who makes win the matches all alone. Hiz inclusion in the team himself is a team spirit. His example is of that soldier that when he is out their in the battle field so the whole army fights with a spirit' a spirit of winning' a spirit of capable of doing thingzz and when he is not so with his absence the moral of the whole army goes down. Fighting spirit disappearz. Its a very disappointing decission. He should be in the english squad. We want to see him playing. He is a great player..

Posted by muaad on (February 5, 2014, 4:03 GMT)

i cant believe such a useless cricket board, any cricket playing nation will take KP gladly. so talented & super cricketer to watch ECB don't want him. KP please join sri lanka. i'am a big fan of English team but without KP England never win a matches. i hope they will lose all the future matches. anyway best of luck buddy & hope to see you play cricket for your club & IPL.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

KP,one of the greatest cricketer of England ever witnessed....being an Indian , omr thing I could say is ,learn from India to behave after a series washout. you English people had rejoiced over the achievements of KP,but u people had thrown him away.its a weird gesture shown to a cricketer of this stature ever.one question to England cricket board,will England throw Wayne Rooney ,if u dont like him??!!!!good luck KP....

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

very wrong decision its a very shokng news .....

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:59 GMT)

Let him play tests and ODIs at least. Its a rather knee jerk move.....one which speaks of an innate desire to get rid of a maverick performer. Who do they think will take the lead in the top order? There is a lack of a steady opener to partner Alastair Cook. Jonathan Trott is doubtful for overseas tours. Bell is only a good player, not great. Joe Root is himself inexperienced. I don't think this is a good move. He will now mint money in T20s in the IPL for sure.

Posted by Anil_Koshy on (February 5, 2014, 3:59 GMT)

One bad series cannot decide the fate of a great player, in the recently concluded series in Australia, everyone failed, it was a collective failure, the team failed because of poor team selection, Cook failed at the top and nobody else supported, it is rather unfair to hold KP responsible.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:58 GMT)

Now once again English cricket will be down to ashes.

Posted by Orsoncarte on (February 5, 2014, 3:54 GMT)

As a cricket lover, I will be sorry to see him go. Cricket has lost one of its best talents, an excitement machine. As an Australian supporter I can only thank the ECB for getting rid of one of our greatest nemeses of the last decade. They must have had their reasons, but they only had to look at the way Australia relied on experienced players to nurture the younger players during an ongoing rebuilding phase. They must be considering appointing another coach who can't handle an ego with talent.

Posted by 22many on (February 5, 2014, 3:50 GMT)

didn't seem to make to much difference to the one day or the 20/20 results while he wasn't playing.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

poor decusion by ECB.... they will regret this decision in coming tours.. how can they do this to him he such a great player of spin nd a dominant batsman... he has won many matches for england single handedly..... welcome KP for ipl #shameonECB

Posted by anuradea on (February 5, 2014, 3:44 GMT)

Has the ECB ever heard the famous saying in management, " THERE ARE NO BAD WORKERS, ONLY BAD MANAGERS" who do not know how to extract the best out of great players. KP is the scapegoat for the incapable management of Flower and the weak captaincy of Cook and the in fighting among the so called seniors who used KP to cover up their incompetencies. I can not believe how KP was called a million pound asset just last week by the new coach and be axed the next week. Hilarious!!!! has everyone got so short memories to realize that England would never have even reached the (highly debatable) if not for KP. Just check his record. This is how exactly boards around the world drive away the fans. KP was one of or the main attraction for the English fans and now they have been deprived!! Do you ever think people go to see ROOT or Stoke or even for that matter even Cook, Trot or prior??? I doubt it. The only batsmen who could attract crowds are KP and Bell. GOOD JOB ECB!! other teams are overjoyed.

Posted by Pruffins on (February 5, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

No logic... You will drop the best and senior player to rebuild your team... Why dont you drop Alastair, Ian Bell, Anderson and other senior players then to rebuild your team? Funny ECB...

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:41 GMT)

What a Joke? You retire your best player to build team for future?? ECB is forgotten that because of KP only the could win a series in India leave about ashes previously. Really it is a big joke. This not the way to treat a great player who can change the game upside down..

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:40 GMT)

It's a shame a player of KP's caliber has to bow out before it's time.. I am not sure who's to be blamed though. Yes, KP wasn't the best out there in terms of attitude but nothing is un-workable. In a team, there will surely be different personalities who should be handled by a good manager with remarkable people skills. England finally.. finally had put up a team that could compete at the international.. am afraid their current decline will be a hard one to come out of.. I saw that coming though with a few aging players and not good enough replacements on bench. England still do have a decent ODI and T20 unit though.. They have the team that can compete against strong teams but they simply have to be at their best, WI, NZ are playing very good in limited overs format.. with India, Aus and SA at the top it's going to be tough all the way!! Way too much dependence on Morgan has been the trend for a while now.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:35 GMT)

Kevin Peterson is a great player to be reckoned with in whatever format of Cricket and he is an asset for England and I am surprised how he should be omitted from the side. He is tall and a useful batsman at whatever place in cricket. The England team selectors have no sense to omit a good batsman. I love his style of batting. n India he is very popular. I feel sorry that cricket is not respected in England.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:34 GMT)

very sad and bad decision by ECB. If they are doing this because of england's disastrous performance in THE ASHES and in subsequeny ODI and T20 ints then ECB should change the whole team why should remove KP alone. It would be unfair to remove him only .....

Posted by CricketLifer on (February 5, 2014, 3:34 GMT)

Someone has to pay for the fiasco down under and they just chose a scapegoat! Pietersen may have been a challenge to manage but he was a fighter and player better than most of his team mates. He easily had 2-3 years of good cricket in him and would have been an asset to England in WC 2015. England's loss! Who will they rebuild the team with? Pietersen, you will be missed!

Posted by Jimmyrob83 on (February 5, 2014, 3:33 GMT)

This is what happens when you recruit mercenaries. England don't deserve any sympathy.

Posted by crikkfan on (February 5, 2014, 3:31 GMT)

Reminds me of Zaltzmans comment that 'people don't pay to watch administrators' - similarly the collective disappointment here is purely of cricketing nature - that we are deprived of at least a couple of more years of incredible talent. The management could not do what it takes to retain this player speaks more of their ability than anything else. At this time after taking a beating, losing their best ever player is the last thing England needs.

Posted by wapuser on (February 5, 2014, 3:31 GMT)

Love pietersen as a player great talent awesome stacs but cricket is a team sport and thats where he fail badly not a true team player with that i understands england reason for sacking him wish him all the best ,brave move england timing is everything.

Posted by KaushikVenkataraman on (February 5, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

Such a disappointing end to one of the modern greats that England had ever produced and also to the Cricket loving fraternity. Its just been coming one after the other, seeing so many "Personalities" on the cricket field leaving them. After Richards and Lara, Pietersen was the one to show real disdain in handling the bowlers with his bat when he is on top of his form. What can i say now - England's Loss is IPL's gain.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:29 GMT)

Now and again champion players have a slump in form. Axing a legend of the game will only increase the English cricket woes. He has proved his worth to the English Cricket team and to the cricket world time and time again. The English Cricket selectors need axing. The clueless captain COOK needs axing. They take us back to the day in WWI at Gallipoli. Whistle for the soldiers to run out of the trenches to get slaughtered. The selectors lack foresight and are being totally reactive without thinking of the consequences to the English cricket and to the world cricket.

Posted by Mastervillain on (February 5, 2014, 3:28 GMT)

Absolutely the right move. Although Pietersen has undoubted ability as a batsman, he is an equally disruptive influence on the side, often undermining the leadership group. He has never understood that one player is never bigger than the team.

His potential runs will be missed, but I think the side will benefit in the rebuilding process in the long run.

A bold decision, but the correct one in my view.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:27 GMT)

I think that Kevin Peterson has payed the price for deliberately under performing for England. He only makes runs when the other batsmen made runs. ECB perhaps feels that he could have done much better in during Ashes Tour as a senior batsman with such talent . Its a sad day for cricket . Please am waiting on the comments of my favorite commentator Mr Geoffrey Boycott

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

Awesome news!! IPL will have a full time marquee player playing. England lost a great player just to placate Flower :(

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:20 GMT)

KP has been England's best impact batsman, sad to see politics against such a class.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:18 GMT)

What a disaster....Every time something came up regarding KP , i would pray that the ECB open up their eyes and find a way to keep their greatest asset... Alas it is over..!!! All the best KP..I have and will always be a great supporter..!!! Welcome to IPL and I am sure you will fetch the highest price this IPL..Watch out !!!!!!!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:17 GMT)

I'm sure BCCI has something to do with this. loved KP always. Will miss a great competitor.

Posted by DarwinAkbar on (February 5, 2014, 3:16 GMT)

Absolutely unbelievable! It looks like KP is the fall guy. Looking at the Ashes Series stats, everybody did badly. However, KP scored most runs at the second-highest average of the English batsmen. His 29.40, while nothing to write home about, still beats Alistair Cook's 24.60. Looking at their career stats, KP has scored more runs in all three formats at a higher batting average and a higher strike rate in each format than Cook. On what basis do they kick out the best guy in the team?

Posted by Vikramaditya100 on (February 5, 2014, 3:10 GMT)

Ridiculous.... absolutely ridiculous....

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:07 GMT)

absolutely rubbish decision

Posted by inswing on (February 5, 2014, 3:04 GMT)

Every middle order collapse is going to remind England of KP. Too early to boot him.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 3:01 GMT)

I am very sorry KP... You became a scapegoat now...There is no reason to dig out the old stories because of the current whitewash...This could be the beginning of English cricket down fall….back to old days ...Best of Luck for rest of your life - KP..I wish you could have a fantastic future with many franchiseall over the world …

Posted by Babu22 on (February 5, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

I think this is a good move. KP is undoubtedly a great player and I love his batting. The way he tore apart Dale Steyn etc. in Headingly was superb. But that's what makes his failures hard to accept. For a man billed as a best player on the biggest stage, he failed twice in 2 Ashes to live up to his status. In 2010-11 Ashes, he score an attacking century at Adelaide and that terrified Aussies. Aussies were forced to attack him and the others made merry. 2013-14 Ashes MJ did the scaring at the Gabba and Aussies were on top. KP should've scored (if he was capable) a commanding century in the first two tests of both Ashes. If he did that Eng wouldn't have lost so badly. Nobody in Eng team, apart from KP, had the capacity to scare the Aussies. The fact that he lost his capacity was evident in both Ashes. And therefore he should go. You can accept a Toyota breaking down on the road, but a Mercedes/BMW failing is not acceptable. He was Eng's highest scorer in Aus Ashes, but still he failed.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

This is ridiculous! ECB wants to "rebuild" the team? Then what sense does it make to leave your BEST PLAYER out?! And that too, without proper reasons given.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 2:52 GMT)

From 2012, Cook (39.6) and KP (38.7) average almost the same. Just because Cook is young, should not mean that he not only gets to be on the team, but even continue as captain where as they are finishing the career of KP.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

what a joke. the ecb continue to make huge errors of judgement. even if you drop him from tests, how can he not be at the world 20/20. They deserve their return to mediocrity.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 2:47 GMT)

The decision of ECB about K.Peterson in the ensuing T20 ,and other matches will further mar the England cricket.K.P has been an outstanding performer,and if England cricket godfathers do not include KP, in the forthcoming T20,England would be blackwashed this time and routing defeat would be their destiny,time will give vent to it.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

I can understand them dropping KP from the test team as he does`t seem to be able to play a disciplined match saving innings when England most need it. But it is a big call to drop him from the one sayers and T20. Those divisions in the dressing room must have been canyons to justify that decision.

Posted by lcgoon on (February 5, 2014, 2:44 GMT)

It is Gooch vs. Gower II. No wonder Cook worships Gooch!

Posted by Insult_2_Injury on (February 5, 2014, 2:44 GMT)

21st Century; everyone looking for a conspiracy theory. No apparent disciplinary issue in Oz, etc. To me, for once, the reasons are obvious. He might've led Eng scoring in the Tests, but he didn't score twice as many as the next player. As an experienced tourist and protected in the order from the new ball, more was surely expected of him. The most telling comment was very public. 'I have no faith in our lower order, so I'm just swinging.' Maybe if he'd been stranded in a couple of innings then maybe there may have been some validity, but regardless it is the least team oriented thing I've heard from an experienced International player since WG Grace. It's the most self absorbed comment in International circles since the last time he tweeted. If he is/was scoring huge amounts of runs and propping up the team, I'm sure the hierarchy would've told Cook to learn to deal with him because he'd be vital to a smoother transition. The team will not only survive, it'll prosper.

Posted by keithmillersmesserschmitt on (February 5, 2014, 2:43 GMT)

Since the ECB throughout this entire debacle has continued to be vague, it seems to me the only conclusion an independent observer can come to is that this is a case of incompetent management. In any normal workplace it is not enough to say "He doesn't get on with some of his workmates", and then fire someone. Firing someone, especially someone who clearly does contribute, is a serious call that requires serious reasons. Specific and detailed reasons. If the rumours about Cook's role have some truth in them, he and the ECB need to be taking a long hard look at themselves. To the next Kevin Pietersen: feel free to consider Australia an option. We're used to mavericks, and if they perform, we celebrate them. :-)

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

England will surely regret for this.

Posted by shashiprasad on (February 5, 2014, 2:38 GMT)

Very sad news ......i think biggest loser of all these is ECB. i am watching English cricket from last 20 years and i believe KP is England best batsman in last ten year, infact in current team no other batsman near to KP talent, its completely non sense decision by ECB, If there is any issue then ECB should resolve that shouldn't be so arrogant on best player. Rebuilding team doesn't start with removing your best batsman, i think BCCI have done well job in rebuilding team, Rahul, VVS, & Sachin exit was well planned & everyone was hppy with decision.

Anyway KP still have many years left in IPL, i will certainly miss him in test & onedayers but hope best will come from him in IPL.

Posted by pradeepsays on (February 5, 2014, 2:38 GMT)

First Flower and now Pietersen. All this after 5-0. India did 8-0 and Fletcher contract got extended. And now it stands at 9-0 overseas!! BCCI doesn't have time for this. They are busy getting themselves golden chairs. Stubborness percolates from the top to the bottom of this game in India. It will catch up sometime! Most likely sooner than later.

Posted by wapuser on (February 5, 2014, 2:30 GMT)

Aussies are one step closer to regain the Ashes. I would blame Mr. Cook for his defensive and clueless captaincy for the loss and his place is safe. Ridiculous!!!!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 2:22 GMT)

ECB, you have no right to rob the spectators and fan, off cricket's most exciting player to settle your personal vendettas. This can only happen in ECB. Shame of you folks. I am no England fan, yet i have skipped the lunches, the dinners to watch the KPs, the Clarkes, the Amlas of the world play. You owe me an explanation.

Posted by trigga315 on (February 5, 2014, 2:16 GMT)

Bold move by the ECB but unfortunately for England it looks like being the wrong one. Rebuilding without KP after their best spinner in the past 30 year, with Prior looking gone, lack of form of Finn, Root struggling and Trott not to return for at-least a while (hope it makes it back) will be extremely difficult. They also now have no player in the side who has consistently performed at 3 or 4 as Bell looks much better at 5 or 6 and averages 15-20 more. If they had of sacked KP whilst Trott was still there and Prior or Cook in form I would of understood. Their most likely batting line up (top 7) will be Carberry (questionable at test level averages below 30) Cook (out of form) Balance/Root (not proven in tests/questionable at 3) Root/Balance/Morgan ((not proven in tests/questionable at 4) Bell (out of form) Stokes (good youngster) Prior/Bairstow (out of form/not ready)

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 2:15 GMT)

not good decision he could play till the world cup 2015

Posted by Tedtheo on (February 5, 2014, 2:14 GMT)

Very very dissapointng. Ok re build the test team but is there really no space for KP in the 20/20 team?? Provided that is willing to play.

KP is also the best 20/20 player in the country.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 2:03 GMT)

So building a side around those who were miserably failed in Ashes and a captain who were making same mistakes time and time again that a street captain would do better then him and yet you have listen to him in selection and that too for the selection of one of the modern day great player either this Dawson guy has lost it or he is an attention seeker probably that's why he made this controversial decision get a life Mr Dawson

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (February 5, 2014, 2:01 GMT)

The count for 'IPL' has crossed 25 and still going strong!!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 2:01 GMT)

This is bad for England......when most of its players can breakdown easily.....KP is strong......IPL franchises will be lining up.

Posted by DarrylRod on (February 5, 2014, 1:58 GMT)

This is quite remarkable considering that KP has been one of the better and outstanding batsman. However, I also feel that he is an asset and a liability. The decision to drop him really ranks of being made a scapegoat. If that is so, then many of the current squad should face the axe too. Jimmy Anderson, Matt Prior, Monty Panesar and also Cook himself. None of those mention, really hand a standout series. But why are they still in the squad? This is a real case of dropping a bad hat. Really irks me! England reach rock bottom? there's more sliding down.

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (February 5, 2014, 1:56 GMT)

At least, KP deserved a honourable exit, possibly with World T20 where he could have contributed quite well. Anyway, welcome to IPL- we would love to see you do well in India.

Posted by lillee4PM on (February 5, 2014, 1:50 GMT)

So, lets sum this up: England lost the Ashes 5-0; ODI's 4-1; T20's 3-0 and saw the demise of Trott, Swann, Flower and KP, with extreme pressure put on Prior, Cook et al...it just keeps getting better!

Posted by KANCHANA623 on (February 5, 2014, 1:49 GMT)

This is shocking to hear. New coach is trying to make aware of his presence. I think this is the stupidest decision made in the history of world cricket. The guy is got atleast five years of cricket in him. Can't some one intervene and change the new coach even before he starts his job.

Posted by MudzNZ on (February 5, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

Awful decision. They just lost badly in the Ashes then they decide to get rid of one of there if not there best and most experienced player. Rebuild sure but why not keep Pieterson and have him act as a mentor for the Joe Root's and groom him until Pieterson is ready to retire and Joe Root or whoever can simply walk into the position. India have done this perfectly with Kohli and Tendulker.

Englands problem is that they havent adapted over the last 5 years and the other teams have simply caught up and overtaken them, that gap is about to get larger now that Pieterson has gone. Alot more teams are gonna back themselves even more to beat England now there will be a newbie in the 4 position.

Posted by mensan on (February 5, 2014, 1:43 GMT)

But he is excluded from ODI and T20 tour of WI only. No one from ECB said his career is over.

Posted by vatsap on (February 5, 2014, 1:42 GMT)

Shocked. This is like the England of the late 80s/early 90s the Peter May/Ted Dexter/Mickey stewart era. I will have players who comply and follow my orders and lose than working with the talents to get a winning combo. KP was the best thing that happened to English cricket in the last 10 years. Time seems to have just flown, it seems so recent that he was hitting the big six's in his debut ODI series in SAF.

I am sure there will be IPL and other T20 leagues, but KP in test was the best to watch.

Posted by nkoch on (February 5, 2014, 1:38 GMT)

Tough but wise decision. Thanks KP for the ride, on the field, off the field, with the bat, with the mouth. You played cricket your way and were good at the game.

Posted by gudolerhum on (February 5, 2014, 1:38 GMT)

Well, that is a huge decision to have made. I believe it is the wrong one. It was evident from the poor team morale in Aus that Andy Flower has lost the respect of most of the team. He evidently became obsessed with micromanaging things and lost sight of his true role, managing his people. KP is a character but his talent makes him special and he deserves better than this. A brilliant career cut short by a boardroom decision, no final farewell. Not good enough. To continue to allow AF a part of the decision making going forward is another big mistake. It may mean the destruction of some other careers, Broad for one and maybe Cook. Instead of team rebuilding things are likely to get more stale. The rankings will soon indicate whether or not these have been good decisons.

Posted by Clyde on (February 5, 2014, 1:33 GMT)

The decision confirms that management is becoming the player in world cricket. What about, in fact, a series of Official Selections versus the Real and Maverick, alias the Improbables versus the Impossibles?

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 1:20 GMT)

Cricket needs players and characters like Pietersen. He was undoubtedly the most exciting cricketer to play for England since Botham. England without KP will be very boring and uninventive. He was such a crowd puller. Since the retirement of greats such as Lara ,Tendulkar and Warne, KP was the only most exciting cricketer around. Its a sad day for cricket and and England in particular.

Posted by wapuser on (February 5, 2014, 1:17 GMT)

What an intelligent move by ECB if we go by this logic half the English team should have gone including the captain. I am afraid this probably has more to do with personal vendettas by certain players Incl Cook. Yeah let's go back to the dark days of the 90s when England played the most atrocious and boring cricket. Well done Mr new MD what a way to start with a big stake through English cricket.

Posted by erihana on (February 5, 2014, 1:16 GMT)

Thanks England, despite KPs lack of form in Australia, this is great new for every other cricket nation. Cheers

Posted by Brianlaramyman on (February 5, 2014, 1:15 GMT)

These days Administrators have more say in all matters of English cricket, where else would you find a team throwing away their best player just because he is not a Yes Man. Only in Cold England.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 1:14 GMT)

KP had too many issues with ECB. But it is great to see ECB took a bold decision to pack him home. Sad to see such a wonderful player having a bad ending.

Posted by warnerbasher on (February 5, 2014, 1:08 GMT)

Tim Wilsher. agreed. I can already see the fear in the bowlers eyes as the rosy cheeked Rob Key toddles out to bat at 4 for England. Cook, Root, Trott, Key. Bell. What an exciting top 5!!!. I'll have to order an extra batch of No Doze for the upcoming English summer. Incredibly this top order contains at least 50% of players born in England.

Posted by bobbsy on (February 5, 2014, 1:06 GMT)

Whom are they trying to replace him with??Joe Root??KP is undoubtedly the best batsmen England has in decades.He is better than all the english btasmen put together even if he bats left handed. England can hope to compete with the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in next few years.All the best Mr Cook.

Posted by Barquerme on (February 5, 2014, 1:04 GMT)

KP was/is a flawed genius and they do take some skill to manage. Simply, that skill either wasn't in the management/coaching set up, or it was wasted.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 1:02 GMT)

First the ECB try to ambush the ICC and now they "retire" their best player. What's the odds that all KP did was actually have a different opinion? Because, you know, what Cook and Flower decided was good enough to win the Ashes ... oh, wait, we got smacked 5-0.... These are very hard days to be an English cricket supporter.

Posted by Viratkohlirocks on (February 5, 2014, 1:00 GMT)

Poor decison. Kp was englands highest score in the ashes, and it was just one bad series.

Posted by oscoli67 on (February 5, 2014, 0:59 GMT)

Thanks for the memories and good luck to a man who certainly made his mark. Not many players can change the course of history in a single day like day 5 at the Oval in 2005. It wasn't just the runs scored, but the strike rate of 85 per hundred balls; the shots played; the excitement created. A whole nation was captivated. Where would cricket be without that innings? 18 years without ashes victory would have become 20 odd years. Who knows, we might still be without an ashes series win. I wouldn't be typing on here and half the English/Australians reading this wouldn't be here. Irrespective of what goes on in the dressing rooms English cricket and the ashes as a contest owe Kevin Pietersen a huge debt of gratitude. What he has done should be both remembered and celebrated.

Posted by class9ryan on (February 5, 2014, 0:59 GMT)

So, England congratulations on losing the 2015 WC and also the upcoming T20 WC 2014. Stunned with the decision. How could they drop the leading run scorer for England in the Ashes ? Can people like Giles, Cook specify and give a broad spectrum on this news ?

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 0:57 GMT)

Completely gutted over KP. As Michael Vaughan said..." you cant go in the transfer market and buy a world class number 4". Its a disappointment for all those people who buy tickets hoping to see KP perform. Sachin played until he was 40...!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 0:55 GMT)

All I want is for someone to tell us what is going on. I don't pretend to know enough to be able to judge, I know KP is a brilliant batsman because that is what I have seen on TV and at the ground. What I don't know is what goes on behind the scenes. We hear is has a big ego and that he is harsh and abrasive but there are many degrees of this type of behaviour and it is so hard to interpret what this actually means and what he has actually done. I am sure there are people who DO know, I just want to know myself so I can decide if this was a shocking decision by the ECB because someone has gotten their knickers in a twist or if Kevin is one of those utterly intolerable characters who eventually undermines everyones confidence by there inability to know when to keep their mouths shut.

Posted by Ruminate on (February 5, 2014, 0:48 GMT)

Captain Cook fails again...

Another poor showing from Cook who by all accounts is a nice bloke and a good bat but couldn't lead a horse to water.There is no doubt that this is in no small part Cook's doing...and a disgrace.

First he couldn't diagnose that Trott was in trouble, he owed a duty of care the man as his leader. Finn, one of the most talented of the next generation of bowlers, totally fell apart on his watch. The best spinner in the world 12 mths ago lost interest in playing whilst playing for him and has now retired. Prior, 12 mths ago was probably the second best keeper batsman in the world, and now can't get a game. Joe Root, the most promising of their young batsman and now can't buy a run. Think about what Cook did to galvanise his team and instil some fortitude into their performance in Australia. I can't think of anything at all.

Good luck in the IPL KP, hope you make a bundle and it would be great to see you out here in Australia for the Big Bash next summer!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 0:47 GMT)

Now that England have unceremoniously severed ties with Kevin Pietersen, he could still be a formidable force in world cricket if he could somehow avail himself for an Associate country. But that would, naturally, involve the resolution of some red tape around citizenship.

Perhaps a fledgling nation like Canada or The Netherlands could try to secure his services as they regroup and rebuild in their bid for another berth in the 2019 WC in England and Wales. Odds are, he wouldn't entertain such a far-fetched notion? But he would still be young enough by then at 38.

Somehow, it would seem, fans have not seen the end of this chap as opportunities remain aplenty!

Posted by Dashgar on (February 5, 2014, 0:45 GMT)

He was managed poorly and never fit into the clique. England fans are lucky they got 104 tests out of him. He may not have been the greatest guy but you've got to work to build a team environment that is inclusive, he always seemed to be pushed to the outer, even when the team was dominant.

Posted by xenon555 on (February 5, 2014, 0:39 GMT)

KP is arguably the most talented batsman ever to suit up for England and this is really an insult. Forget the character concerns for a minute, no player in the world has the ability to single handedly win a match like him. Look at all the players who seemed great but disappeared from England in the past decade: Vaughan, Hussein, Strauss, Trescothik, Flintoff, Collingwood, Trott. KP has been the one constant and has carried this team. All chances England had as a dark horse World Cup candidate immediately died.

Posted by DocBindra on (February 5, 2014, 0:35 GMT)

Maybe, just maybe, the ECB and the English as a whole will realize his true worth to the English team. More than once, Pietersen carried England all by himself. I hope he gets the recognization that he deserves instead of being portraited in a negative light.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 0:34 GMT)

This is crazy. He has loads of cricket left in him. He is one of their better batsmen for sure. He should have been allowed to go on his own terms. What about all the other players who flopped ? Is he really responsible for all the problems in Australia by himself ?

Posted by m0se on (February 5, 2014, 0:34 GMT)

KP probably is pretty happy now. England didn't let him play ODI or T20 cricket. Now, he can be a free agent and play all over the world and rake in the money. He can still play county and then play the big money leagues. I just hope his injuries will not cut his remaining career short. KP in this IPL will be sure to watch out for. I just hope he keeps the fire going and does what Gayle did.

Posted by Cubey on (February 5, 2014, 0:33 GMT)

If England are prepared to sack one of their very best batsman, not just on the recent tour of Australia, nor of the last several years, but of all time, then can the England management please explain why they are planning on keeping inferior batsmen in the team?

It's hard not to see this a failure by England Management, rather than a failing of Kevin Pietersen. I'm sure Ian Botham will be able to pass on some comforting words of encouragement to KP--another cricketer England abandoned who should be in management somewhere as he has the guts, attitude and willpower to pass on to England's frail cricketing stars.

Posted by D-Ascendant on (February 5, 2014, 0:32 GMT)

ECB have shown that they don't have a clue as to how handle genuine talent. They'd rather punt on mediocre county journeymen than actually back winners.

This is clearly a massive cop-out. Ashley Giles wanted an easy transition into his new job. Alastair Cook wanted a robotic dressing room (that had stopped winning).

Very disappointed.

Posted by mtfb on (February 5, 2014, 0:31 GMT)

Good riddance. More trouble that he is worth.

Posted by Rampant_Aussie on (February 5, 2014, 0:29 GMT)

That is one of the worst decisions I have ever seen from the ECB. They have not be explained what Pietersen has done wrong. I understand there were dressing room tensions - personalities clash in all teams. The ECB and the England team believe this may benefit them

Posted by Manush on (February 5, 2014, 0:21 GMT)

Shame on England and its Managers. !!!! How one you victimize a player of his class and treat him like any other new entrants to the game. it will happen only in England and perhaps in Pakistan !!! Even the last series he showed his class and a was miles ahead away from the rest. I do concede to Boycott and Vaughn that he should have used his sense and discretion in the first 2 Test were after decent start he threw his wicket playing for his pride.but that does not qualify to think in such harsh punishment to a fellow without whom England would have been at the bottom of table.Perhaps, it very sad that he could not gel with other with his SA origin. England woes an answer for ruining his career !!!

Posted by abiose on (February 5, 2014, 0:18 GMT)

England will now score 150 runs per day ............ and watching them will be boooooring, I wont be watching.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 0:17 GMT)

I'm sad to see the end of this very talented player's career for England. It seems to me KP would have been a world beater playing for Australia where their more aggressive approach and less conservative style would have found him among the runs far more often than for England. Another person commented here on Cook's captaincy as being one of England's worst. England's batting wouldn't have been under such pressure if Cook had applied the screws to Australia's brittle batting, but time and again he let them off the hook and England paid dearly for it. KP wouldn't have let them off so easily if he'd been captain and the results may well have been very different.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 0:15 GMT)

wrong decision at wrong time, KP is not that old to leave international cricket. He will be missed.

Posted by Ashpro79 on (February 5, 2014, 0:13 GMT)

This has got to be the worse sports decision of time- I cannot think of a worst one in any sport. Lord give me strength.....

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 0:10 GMT)

The guy wanted to play. England do not have the depth to not select him. His stats tell the story. If England can not harness his talent then they do not deserve him!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 0:08 GMT)

His England career isn't definitely over just because he's not in the selector's current plans. Prolific form in other forms of the game could see him back in contention by the 2015 ashes if England by then haven't run into some seriously good form, or have some injuries.

Posted by jonnyboy82 on (February 5, 2014, 0:07 GMT)

Unbelievably poor decision that highlights the failure in leadership of the team management and captain. All international teams irrespective of the sport should be selected on the basis of ability and there's no one in English cricket that comes remotely close to KP. England will now have to find an opener, number 3 and 4, and there just doesn't seem to be the quality around. Bleak times ahead, and I fear that England will even struggle against India's feeble attack in the summer.

Posted by Psidh on (February 5, 2014, 0:07 GMT)

I seriously hope, he either plays for Ireland or Scotland or Netherlands and help them beat England in a world cup game. I would totally love that !!

Posted by   on (February 5, 2014, 0:00 GMT)

I love how they get rid of England's best player just after he was our leading run scorer in an Ashes series that was woeful....are any teams going to fear us? Errr......NO!! Well done ECB wrong again

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 23:57 GMT)

Wow good news for IPL fans! Don't worry kp u will make more money in IPL then playing for England :)

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 23:48 GMT)

utterly stupid decision by the ecb....rebuilding process really?....how can you have a building without a foundation....kp can relax and play ipl now...england's loss is ipl's gain.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 23:45 GMT)

Really disappointed to read this!! he still has few years of International cricket in him. need to manage KP properly we need we really need him in near future so team can be built around him especially for really tough upcoming series against India (5 tests!!) let him play IPL if that's what he wants and tell him to be prepared mentally and physically afterwards for India series

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

clearly one of the best to play the game.This decision really needs some clarity.How is it KP is at the centre of all the strife and not other players who failed to turn up such as root,cook etc

Posted by AnthonyNo1 on (February 4, 2014, 23:39 GMT)

Crazy crazy

Would England have been so successful without him ? NO.

Would Flower's record as England coach be so successful without him ? NO

He has been the difference for last 10 years, not Flower's who has stolen the credit for a team made successful by KP.

Not a good start for Downton

Posted by Unifex on (February 4, 2014, 23:38 GMT)

As an Australian, I'm astonished. Pietersen was the only English player who was truly feared by the Australian team and fans. He might be a tosser, but why would you sack him when you just got flogged 5-0 and he topped the run-scoring? He's an experienced and brilliant player, the likes of which England will not find again in many a long year.

Posted by Fifthman on (February 4, 2014, 23:38 GMT)

This is a total failure of management at the ECB, at all levels including Flower and Cook. It's clear the England setup has no place for the mercurial or the maverick, just the mediocre.

Posted by Robster1 on (February 4, 2014, 23:37 GMT)

Terrible management by Cook, Flower, Giles and co. You are meant to be the best in your field at handing supposedly difficult players. Due to your ineptitude, you have dispensed with by far the side's best batsman and the only one who can change a game. Shame on you.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 23:37 GMT)

utterly disappointed...England lost bcoz they were really poor, that includes everybody I cant believe that they drop him from t20 squad, England who says a lot about their illustrious cricket culture only have once WC that is a t20 wc won by a man called Kevin Pieterson, dropping him above anybody else who is right now in the team is the worst decision by ECB, and we Indians will love to see him in IPL, just like Gayle(previously) this man now becomes free agent, so when England loses everywhere just like it started in Australia, I hope Pieterson being successful everywhere like Chris Gayle was....

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 23:34 GMT)

Well all I can say to this is I may have to change my allegiance now. I am a really strong supporter, stayed up to listen to the ashes even if I was in at uni the next day, but this is just the worst decision the ECB has ever made sure KP has made some silly mistakes with the bat and has upset the dressing room at times but why end his career when he is one of the best and works well with Cook, Bell, Trott in the top order and even with the tail enders if needs be we need him in the team. Well when England end up losing to Sri Lanka (providing they do) the ECB will realise they have mad a huge mistake. Maybe it is time for a new era with some younger players but now they have to find someone to replace KP and that will put huge pressure on that person after all we have seen how big of a game changer he is in all formats with bat and at times but not recently with ball

Posted by lancs-lion on (February 4, 2014, 23:34 GMT)

It's good news and a positive step for English cricket. A strong team spirit is more important than a sum of individuals...talented or not. Personally I would try Morgan as captain in both 50 and 20 over matches and if he can get his test form on track...why not all 3 formats? Also why not consider Peter Moores again...now that the problem he had has been taken out of the equation? He is a very fine coach and with the right blend of young cricketers I feel he would have a lot to prove in making England successful once again. I rate him above Giles at the moment and an English coach would be great for us home fans as opposed to foreign talent such as Kirsten / Moody et al....

Posted by cooljack_143 on (February 4, 2014, 23:29 GMT)

Yep without KP Ind can WAY EASILY take on ENG this summer.Everyone knows what happened last T20 when ENG dropped their best player & was let commenting on the game.They couldn't defend the title.Wont be surprised if they wont cross the group stage this time on.Eng need some one like Lehman who can give freedom to players to play and forget the other issues.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 23:29 GMT)

utter nonsense what a fiasco this whole ECB!! everything falling apart!!

Posted by PACERONE on (February 4, 2014, 23:27 GMT)

The incredible Cook will be following shortly.He all of a sudden is a know it all and full of knowledge and power.One more poor run of low scores and he will be toast.

Posted by JAYPEs on (February 4, 2014, 23:25 GMT)

The reality is that this would be the international debut of KP as a true pro free from all the silly sanctions by ECB. I hope he will be captaining some good IPL teams this year and going to be the only challenge for Chris Gale. England team looks very weak at the moment and it will going to be like that for a while with out swan and KP. If all these changes are because of the 5-0 white wash in Australia ECB must replace the complete squad including the officials who toured Australia.

Posted by Saosin on (February 4, 2014, 23:22 GMT)

KP - come to Australia mate.

The cricket & weather is better, we encourage eccentricities and empower all kinds of personalities to be themselves.

Our domestic competitions x 3 are the best in the world, unlike the increasingly farcical and regressing/pathetic County circuit.

What's more - the fans, media and players out here love you and respect/are in awe of your brand of cricket.

Make millions of dollars and runs at the IPL and make England suffer for this idiotic, backhanded decision.

With Giles coming in as head coach, the weak get weaker. Root goes home the shell of the smirking 'talent' he came over as, Cook looks more frail than an old woman and England didn't win one 'live' game of cricket all summer, and in fact won 1 game all summer.

I wish you all the best KP - you are better than anyone who played for England during your entire career (and probably one of the best ever) and you DESERVED better than this.

England - how is your foot after shooting yourself in it?

Posted by anton1234 on (February 4, 2014, 23:21 GMT)

The world game will be duller without Pietersen. Thank goodness for Mitchell Johnson.

Posted by Cric_fever_notgoingdown on (February 4, 2014, 23:11 GMT)

so final nail in coffin of english cricket has been hammered today. one guy who changed the dynamics the face of english cricket has been rewarded by getting a kick. wow no wonder cricket is still less followed in england. im so sad today all those decision makers in every board got big egos like they think they are stars or something not making game popular with such decisions. game needs more stars like kp. im his fan the only batsmen who i loved to watch in english team. i always supported english team in ashes coz they had kp in there ranks who could change the game any time. sadly he wont no more. ecb doesnt know how to manage there stars. more of emotional decision rather then thoughtful one from ecb. will miss u buddy. sad neutral fan of urs. :-( !!!

Posted by VickGower on (February 4, 2014, 23:08 GMT)

Is this the way to reward one who's been your best player for years? When will ECB realize you can't get long, consistent performance from your team by constantly having a military boot camp atmosphere. That is what Australia tried in India/England before Boof came along. I think it's all too clear, Cook didn't just look like he was in a slump, he looked 60 yrs old, and he is what, 28? It's just bizarre. The guy is 33, and was the rare batsman who did quite well in Australia. Also remember, that after the arrogant age related cleansing, it was a return to older players that allowed Australia recover from their Ashes slump. I remember, in the last couple of years of their dynasty Chicago Bulls were constantly trying to break up the team to get a "jump start" on the rebuilding phase. Jordan said grimly in one of the interviews, what's the hurry? Cubs have not won a championship in 100+ years. You never know when you might return to the top.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 23:07 GMT)

The one English batsman the opposition wanted to see the back of more than anyone else! Gooch couldn't handle Gower, Vaughan integrated Flintoff, but we struggle to 'integrate' a true destructive batsman in the Viv Richards mould. The one English player w ho could turn a test match in a session, score runs at will and entertain!

Shame on you English cricket, shame!!

Posted by jb633 on (February 4, 2014, 23:06 GMT)

This rebuilding process should have been in the minds 5-6 years ago. When you have a good crop of players of a similar age it is always the case that they will retire at a similar time. To rebuild a side you still need some senior members who can relax the younger members of the side and hopefully settle them into international environments. This decision reeks of poor judgement. Although KP has not had the best 18 months he is still better than anyone we have available and will hopefully ease the pressure on some of the guys. It really seems to have blown up all at once. It is decisions like Flower announcing to the world that Finn is too expensive (Ashes 2010-11) and the fact that our lions sides were getting stuffed on tours to BD/SL and the ECB releasing conceited videos about how everything is so rosy , that are really going to come back and bite us. We should have kept our heads down when winning and stopped talking about legacies etc and just kept working hard.

Posted by sower on (February 4, 2014, 23:06 GMT)

The reasoning provided is not apparently rational

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 23:05 GMT)

Shame on England and its Managers. !!!! How one you victimize a player of his class and treat him like any other new entrants to the game. it will happen only in England and perhaps in Pakistan !!! Even the last series he showed his class and he was miles away from the rest. I do concede to Boycott and Vaughn that he should have used his sense and discretion in the first 2 Test were after decent start he threw his wicket playing for his pride.but that does not qualify to think in such harsh punishment to a fellow without whom England would have been at the bottom of table.Perhaps, it is very sad that he could not gel with other with his SA origin. England woes an answer for ruining his career !!!

Posted by Pheonix7597 on (February 4, 2014, 23:05 GMT)

cant say much except its gonna be awesome watching KP playing IPL.

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (February 4, 2014, 23:03 GMT)

Neither HERE nor THERE.......

Posted by AshesErnie on (February 4, 2014, 23:01 GMT)

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice. Best day for English cricket since 12 September 2005.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 23:01 GMT)

All I can say is "it's about time". They've finally realised that, on balance, however many runs he scores are not worth the negative effect he has on the team as a whole. I for one think they'll do better without him. The one player who replaces him might score a few less runs, but the other 10 will be better off as a unit in their own performances. This shows that the game is (and has to be) bigger than one player.

Good riddance.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (February 4, 2014, 22:57 GMT)

Very disappointing as he is a very entertaining and gifted player.

Posted by VipinGangwar on (February 4, 2014, 22:56 GMT)

What a mar on the English team by the person who made the team. Culprit is AF and support staff. It was started from Bresnan. Since he lost his charm and consistency, English team started declining. But no one noticed. The job of support staff is to maintain players form. But we have seen Bresnan, Dernbach, Finch, Prior, Tremlet fadeng away with out any action. Worst was yet to come as a result in Ashes. Trott, Swan were forced out from the team and Prior was left out. And now Pietersen for the sake of team rebuilding.

So the problem is MANAGEMENT not players..............

Look at Australia after their 4-0 loss to India and all the drama, they did not left any player out. Though any one could have easily thrown WATSON away. But they changed the management of Arthur and we all know the results.

I hope they have learnt from their counterparts. SAD for players like KP..

Posted by jb633 on (February 4, 2014, 22:56 GMT)

I seriously hope for the sake of it that if KP is a gonner then so should the likes of Anderson, Bell etc who were equally woeful on the tour and IMO have never seemed to display a great team unity when things have gone wrong. I am going to go all out and say over the next 5 years we are going to be a laughing stock at home and away. We have no spinners in the country therefore we will get humiliated in Asia time and again. We have nobody of searing pace so SA/AUS will be a struggle. Our guys who swing the ball are ageing and i have not seen much coming through. In terms of our batting, I don't think we need say much more when Bairstow has been given chances at this level. Look at NZ they are emerging, SA, AUS have depth in bowling and exciting young players. India have exciting batsmen as do SL. Pakistan have exciting young bowlers. We have nothing exciting coming through in any department (excluding Butler and Stokes). I am dreading the next 5 years of English cricket.

Posted by hhillbumper on (February 4, 2014, 22:54 GMT)

Should have gone sooner. Every team he has ever played in ended this way.he played great innings but was not a great batsman. Shame really but he did this to himself

Posted by mk007 on (February 4, 2014, 22:51 GMT)

Pls SA select him for upcomming T20 WC and if ever plays against england he will single handidli dominite the english bowling attack

Posted by dunger.bob on (February 4, 2014, 22:51 GMT)

The after-shocks of the Aussie tour continue to rattle the foundations of English cricket. That's 3 players and 1 coach so far by my count. Are you finished yet or have you got anyone else lined up?

This all looks like some serious over-reaction to me. It was just one series and you ran into a fired up, angry Aussie side that played out of it's collective skin. That can happen but it's no reason to panic in my book. .. anyway it looks like a done deal now so my question is : Who is going to replace KP and how much pressure is that person going to be under?

Posted by Little.Master.10 on (February 4, 2014, 22:50 GMT)

Wt20 around the corner, world cup in 12 months,...and KP is career is over...excuse me ..am I missing something...? I am not an England fan either but the ECBs decision just reflects the attitude of the top guys in ECB including cook.I should say " the resurgence of England in world cricket started with KP's entry and ends along with KPs career" WELCOME TO INDIA KP. IPL Awaits!!

A word about Flower...he is in a mold of greg chappel tad better than the latter.

Posted by Meety on (February 4, 2014, 22:47 GMT)

I agree with Michael Vaughn's tweet. Fact is nobody apart from Stokes & Broad came away with any honor at all. KP showed more application than Cook & Bell. So (IMO) - the ECB should state that it wasn't purely performance reasons that has led to his axing.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 22:46 GMT)

ECB was always dependant on foreign players and still is. The time will come when ECB will go back crying to KP for his return!! Because there aint no singlee player in the current Eng team who can replace KP. I am very surprised to see how ECB forgot his contributions. Phew ECB! Phew!! #HailKP

Posted by bobmartin on (February 4, 2014, 22:44 GMT)

Goodbye KP... I can't say I'm sorry to see you go.. you've been nothing but a pain in the backside since Moores took over the coaching job. He should never have been allowed to pull on an England shirt again after the Sth African texting incident. England have won games without him before.. and they will do so without him again. And for all those who complain that he has been made the scapegoat for the thrashing we got in Oz.... have you forgotten it cost Flower his job.. and I don't think we've seen the end of the axings yet... I'm sure there will be one or two more... but we shall see.

Posted by estwickg on (February 4, 2014, 22:42 GMT)

The ECB has made KP its scapegoat and that is because he was not born in England. Keep your spirits up KP, you still had the best average among the players in last test series against Australia. I am sure that with Cook leading, England will only decline further. He does not have the ability to think clearly on the field when things are not going as plan.

Posted by ashes61 on (February 4, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

Can't believe most of the comments here. You REALLY think England would have dropped him if everything had been sweet & light behind the scenes in Oz? Do you not think there must have been some VERY serious wrongdoings during the Ashes? His batting was no worse than anyone else's, so it cant be that. They have kept the rumours as quiet as possible but they were there. People have such short memories - a year or so ago KP's England career was finished, & rightly so. Strauss had had quite enough of him, so had Flower - but Cook, as new skipper, stuck his neck right out & got him back in. KP really OWED Cook. We don't yet know what went on but we can be sure it was pretty bad & divisive. Every single team he has ever played for has finally had enough of him in the end. They want "stars" in the IPL? Fine, let 'em have him. As a cricket lover I won't miss him one bit. Been given chance after chance after chance. Now, onwards & upwards - we finally have an England TEAM to follow again!

Posted by dsig3 on (February 4, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

I watched him debut against Aus. He was an absolute force from the moment he arrived. He played against our greats in Warne and McGrath and didnt take a backward step. The best English batsmen that I ever saw. He made England interesting and gave them a weapon that no-one in world cricket had. They are back to the 1990's now. He was shafted more times by the ECB than deserved it seems. Australians will miss him and the excitement he brought to test cricket. I wish he had played for us.

Posted by markatnotts on (February 4, 2014, 22:37 GMT)

Hmm, am shocked by the finality of the situation. But to be brutally honest, suggesting younger fitter players should be finished as well (Finn,Anderson) is rather odd! Anyway KP thanks for the memories. I will never forget seeing you turn up at Notts in 2000 and immediately show you were an outrageous talent as a batsmen!

Posted by ShutTheGate on (February 4, 2014, 22:36 GMT)

I can't believe that the ECB has done this. You need KP as the only other attacking player who can turn a game around is Stokes and he's too green to be the go to guy.

If I was Pieterson I'd talk to CSA about playing for them. That would show the ECB.

Posted by bren19 on (February 4, 2014, 22:36 GMT)

Truly a typical decision by the ECB - "I know how to fix the team - get rid of its best player." The ECB just weakened a team that is down. Great work guys.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 22:35 GMT)

kevin is the scapegoat. shame on ecb. no one performed in Aus and in fact kevin was the highest run getter

Posted by noplay on (February 4, 2014, 22:34 GMT)

Why should England management care? They are a force in world cricket and the ICC. Losing matches will not hurt them, they will still remain in the top three

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 22:27 GMT)

KP will become one of the legends of the IPL and ECB will rue their decision. Any IPL team will be happy to have him and will pay top dollar for his services for the next 4 years atleast. provided his knee holds up.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 22:23 GMT)

In a conference where Imran Khan was the key note speaker, someone asked about the treatment of Shoaib Akhter under Inzamam Ul Haq. Imran said that a good captain has to know how to get the best out of his players including the difficult ones. The interest of the team always comes first. He then said that Sarfaraz Nawaz was ten times more difficult to manage then Shoaib Akhter but Imran still kept Sarfaraz in the team. I don't think KP was that difficult to manage. He clearly thrived with Dehli Daredevils. Clear failure of ECB and captain Cook. They lack the player management skills and have clearly overlooked the interest of the team. I feel that Cook is not captain material at all.

Posted by disco_bob on (February 4, 2014, 22:23 GMT)

List of Ashes casualties: Trott, Swann, Flower, Prior, Pietersen and FFL

Posted by asankaw77 on (February 4, 2014, 22:23 GMT)

There is no cricket if KP is not playing for England.... such a entertaining cricketer.

I think it's bit harsh decision.......hope he will get another chance.....good luck KP.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 22:20 GMT)

shocking...

He averages 38 with a strike rate of 141 in T20IS

Posted by MaksoodChaiwalla on (February 4, 2014, 22:19 GMT)

Disappointing, shocking...... By sacking the best, is the ECB working on ways of getting out of the 'Big Three' even before getting in?

Posted by allthegoodnamesaretaken on (February 4, 2014, 22:17 GMT)

He will make a great living playing in the IPL, thereafter becoming an IPL coach

Posted by Easygoing.Joe on (February 4, 2014, 22:16 GMT)

This is getting to be the standard drill before every T20 World Cup!

Posted by wablo55 on (February 4, 2014, 22:13 GMT)

When did the ECB start doing favours for international bowlers everywhere? Because that's what they've done here. It's sad that in a regime where professionalism and performance culture were vaunted, a decision based on 'personality' has ultimately been taken. Thanks for the memories KP: your hundred against the Aussies at the Oval in 2005, your hundred against India at the Wankhede in 2013, and the countless times you made it seem like you were playing on a completely different wicket to all the batsmen around you. Cricket fans the world over will remember that for a long time.

Posted by Oraclebob on (February 4, 2014, 22:11 GMT)

It's in Pietersen's nature to cause friction. No dressing room can survive that. As talented as he is, I don't think England will regret this decision.

Posted by ruester on (February 4, 2014, 22:10 GMT)

Disgraceful ECB, You are gutless, you didn't make a tough call. You took an easy option, blame KP for all wrongs, let's rebuild without him. I hope you lose your jobs when this England team continues to fail without your best player. Thanks KP the fans appreciate you if the management don't.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 22:09 GMT)

The last English player i have seen bat as live, since the ecb sold the rights to sky. What a player, noone near replacing him. It's a failure of management that will cost the ecb in revenue and performance.

Posted by Mipixx on (February 4, 2014, 22:07 GMT)

If you drop your best player, you have a duty to explain why to your followers. This isn't Boys Back Garden XI, it's England's national cricket team. If this represents the clarity and transparency of the Downton regime, the man himself has started with an insult to every cricket follower in the country. By all means impose your own template on our cricket, but don't be so arrogant as to believe we don't deserve any sort of explanation about how our best player since his debut in 2005 can be abandoned without any expression of justification. Downton? Go downtown.

Posted by twomarktwo on (February 4, 2014, 22:05 GMT)

So does that mean everyone else over 30 is getting dropped?

Posted by swells64 on (February 4, 2014, 21:59 GMT)

I am utterly stunned. As an Australian I rejoiced every time Kevin Petersen failed during the Ashes, because I knew what he could do to a bowling attack. He still had four years left in him and opposing teams around the world will breath a sigh of relief at his passing. He seems to be an arrogant and sometimes difficult character. What he needed was a tough and resolute captain to focus him on batting alone and not his ego. Cook was not that man.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 21:58 GMT)

Though some part of me knew that this might happen and i would be very disappointed if it happens. Now All i can say after it happened that it is not only disappointment but heart breaking... why would this happen to KP? Definitely no one would be stupid enough to sack your best player when you need them the most !!! The only consolation is he will play cricket and we get to watch play KP again #KPTheGreat

Posted by TheKeeper on (February 4, 2014, 21:56 GMT)

Wow, that's a huge surprise. I would have thought that KP was a better asset to hold on to than Cook. Very strange.

Posted by Cantbat.Cantbowl.CantField. on (February 4, 2014, 21:55 GMT)

Disappaointing to hear from an Australian perspective too. We'll miss watching KP bat and miss even more watching him get out, but that his wicket has been so highly prized by us and his aggressiveness truly admired has made for some great cricket over the years. Best of luck mate.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 21:51 GMT)

Firstly, congratulations to KP on a successful international career - he was an integral part of one of England's most successful eras.

However, I can understand his axing from the Test team. Look at the nature of his dismissals during the Ashes series. If the Aussies didn't get him early, they simply kept it tight and waited for him to hit a catch to mid-on, deep mid-off or even when there were two fielders placed in an obvious trap at mid-wicket, he hit a catch to one of them. Then there was his mystifying wild swing across the line during the first innings at the MCG, possibly the worst shot I've seen played in Test cricket. And it wasn't as if it was Monty at the other end, he was batting with Stuart Broad at the time!

I'm surprised he wasn't at least retained for the limited overs forms of the game though. May have made the difference in the ODIs where 1-4 could so easily have been 3-2 (I say that as an Aussie). Seems to em personality issues were at play in this decision!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 21:49 GMT)

KP was one of the best player in cricket world..we will miss you in international cricket ... we hope to see you in afghanistan team and leave ECB in their own distraction and confusion.

Posted by UndertheGrill on (February 4, 2014, 21:47 GMT)

Nice work ECB! Hot on the heels of your cynical ICC power grab, you prematurely sack the most gifted batsman in the side. What are they rebuilding towards? The World T20 is next month, India at home in 5 months, the World Cup in a year, the Ashes in 17 months? Are they seriously expecting us to believe that we're going to be the better for having Gary Ballance in the middle order for those assignments? They may as well go the whole hog, and appoint Giles head coach, and we can watch English cricket return to the '90s faster than you can say 'Britpop'.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 4, 2014, 21:47 GMT)

Ashes, Ashes, Ashes !! Bah ! Don't you English fans know anything better ? There is a WORLD of cricket beyond your petty squibs against the Aussies. The World Cup is still the mightiest trophy than any test cricket one. The ICC World T20 is an exciting tournament. KP would have done wonders to England in those tournaments and yet, you sack him when he needed to be encouraged. Thanks ECB and well done; What a bunch of sore losers ! I bet Cook had something to do with this along with Flower. Bad times ahead for England. Who do they think can replace THIS man ? Is any county player even close to KP's brilliance ? Sure, go ahead and build a young team, that's good. But do not do so at the cost of having experience in the side. Good times for Indian fans. We get to see KP play the IPL without interruption this year. Can't wait !!

Posted by GRivado on (February 4, 2014, 21:45 GMT)

Poor decision. As Vaughan has previously stated, Test number 4s don't grow on trees and I think the ECB owe Pietersen enough to give him the chance at redeeming himself in a new set-up. You can't be sure what is happening behind closed doors but by all accounts (Swann, Harmison) he isn't as difficult to play with as the tabloids would like him to be.

On top of all this he scored the most runs and second best average of all our batsmen. He should come in at 5 and play his natural game there but this is based on the top order performing well which they didn't this winter and that is the crux of the problem. Ironically most of the top order will keep their positions but Pietersen has been scapegoated.

Posted by spot_on on (February 4, 2014, 21:44 GMT)

He should deny if ECB calls him back and should play freelance cricket in big leagues!! That'll teach ECB a lesson.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 21:43 GMT)

Can he play for South Africa now? Kallis has just retired and there is a middle order slot waiting to be filled:)

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 21:42 GMT)

I'm not convinced this is the right decision.Flower at least had the decency to go - Gooch and Saker should have gone too. Let's see how tough Downton is with that one! Cook is proof that good players don't make good captains - luckily for him there are no immediatley obvious challengers for the tests - but Morgan goes above Broad for the 50 over and T20's for me. Well done KP - yes you were a maverick but you were great to watch. I don't know who else we can say that about now!

Posted by SirViv1973 on (February 4, 2014, 21:39 GMT)

@Jordan Dore - Cont from last re the bowlers, we are probably in even worse shape here. Finn should be the linchpin of the attack by now but has gone so far backwards it's unreal & it really is starting to look like he isn't going to the player we hoped he would. The next guys in line are Topley, Overton & Mills, all have potential but none of whom are ready for test cricket right now IMO, however we are now in such a shambles 1 or more will have to be blooded at some point over the summer. The spinners berth is perhaps the barest cupboard of all. Borthwick is the only one with any potential but I think it's already clear he's never going to be in Swanns class. Stokes has been the one bright spark I guess. We are no in the position that we have to bloody virtually an entire new team at the same time which is going to be a huge ask for Giles & has staff going forward.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (February 4, 2014, 21:36 GMT)

as a cricket fan i am disappointed. he has been made a scapegoat, this is disastrous not just for england but for all cricket fans

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 4, 2014, 21:36 GMT)

A mediocre team like England don't deserve this great man. Thanks to him, they came to no.1 positions in tests, ODIs and T20s; won a solitary ICC World T20 event after a wonderful innings by KP in the final. Thrashed Australia in 2005 thanks to a superb debut series, smashed India in Mumbai in a 2-0 series win, annihilated Australia once again in 2009 scoring runs at will. A lot more can be said about this wonderful player. This is the gratitude England show him after he adopted the nation as his home. Thanks a lot England, let's see who can replace 104 tests with over 8000 runs and 150 ODIs with over 4000 runs. NO county player even comes close. Joe Root is the future of England ? That speaks volumes about England's mind sight and their supposed 'amazing' talent. End of an era and end of dominance for English cricket. Back to the dark old ages for you guys. Welcome to India and the IPL KP !! We love you.

Posted by Farooq3 on (February 4, 2014, 21:35 GMT)

Paul Downton himself was at best a mediocre player - how can he be the judge of KP's immense talent? Let England learn the hard way

Posted by vimal03 on (February 4, 2014, 21:32 GMT)

What is this a joke from ECB. He is the only player in England T20 side to be afraid of.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (February 4, 2014, 21:32 GMT)

A great shame that an infinite supporting staff that could produce 100 page cook book can not manage one maverick albite difficult personality in dressing room. This will reflect poorly on Prior ECB staff, Flower and Cook in particular. However KP needs to take equal blame, the game has seen some immortals from WG to King Richards to Tendulkar but none grew or aspire to be greater then the team or the game itself. This has been collateral damage of highest kind. ECB ll soon learn that Champions are not born everyday while KP ll learn it hard way that million bucks in IPL are no match for the applause one gets at Lords after scoring a century. World cricket ll certainly be poorer for it.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (February 4, 2014, 21:31 GMT)

@Jordan Dore, As an Eng fan I wish I shared your optimism about the next 2-3 years. With KP gone it now means we are looking for an opener & 2 middle order batsman. From what we saw of Ballance in Aus there are no guarantees he has what it takes to do well at the highest level & although Taylor deserves a run in the side I would say the same about him. I don't see Bairstow as the future either he's already played 14 tests is yet to get a 100 & only ave is the mid 20's. If Root is given a position & left there then he may offer enough but he's looked really ineffective since his 100 at Lords which seems such a long time ago.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 21:30 GMT)

disappointed a v bad decision by ECB who dont know what to do after a hammering at Oz...

Posted by David_1946 on (February 4, 2014, 21:28 GMT)

Back in 2009, KP was ranked by Cricinfo correspondents as one of the 5 greatest England batsmen of all time, making their All Time XI alongside Hobbs, Hutton, Hammond and Barrington, and ahead of names like Cowdrey, Sutcliffe, Compton, May, Gower, Gooch, Woolley, Boycott, Dexter, Jackson and Atherton. But now he's apparently not good enough to make the batting lineup of what is arguably the worst performed English side ever. A curious outcome indeed.

Posted by RandyOZ on (February 4, 2014, 21:27 GMT)

Clarke and Warner retire another player!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 21:25 GMT)

OK. So we've had the mistreatment of Compton. We've had Finn turned into a gibbering wreck. Trott broken. Bizarre selections to Australia. Cook doing very little for his last 10 tests. Root messed around endlessly. Batters terrified of playing a shot; bowlers terrified of delivering a ball; Captain Robot.

And it's all KP's fault. Of course. Must be a busy man.

I. Don't. Believe. It. This is classic behavior from a bureaucracy; it will not accept responsibility but it will victimize any available target.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 21:24 GMT)

i m an indian die hard fan, but the only player i fallow outside India is KP, always felt very excited when he is on the crease, may be some time to be a great player is a bad thing.........

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 21:24 GMT)

I am delighted he's going. He always put himself before the team with an obvious effect when things weren't going right. I am also heartily sick about his talk of playing for his country. His country is, was and always will be South Africa and he couldn't take it that they rejected him. They were right - as a committed team player he doesn't compare to Kallis. Even now he can't spew out a sentence without the word "I" appearing at least once. I'm also convinced that he was the major reason for Strauss retiring. It would have been a different story for England if Pietersen had gone in 2012 and Strauss had stayed on for this recent tour of Australia.

Posted by BMDeep on (February 4, 2014, 21:21 GMT)

@Lmoatsetung :Mate v've enjoyed him even for his 2-3 week presence in d past. Nw dat he seems to b available full time,v could nt ask for more.Apart from d enjoyment,I got to say dat ur theory abt IPL being d real reason fr spoiled relationships bn KP nd ECB was a half cooked one.The 1 which ppl like u find it vry suitable to point a finger at while there r lot of other issues like mismanagement of players is clearly in picture.After al,we are nt d losers here, are we? We r jus some bunch of fans from Asia r Ind who love to c a master at play. @Ian Burnett :Wel mate,wat can v say?After al,he is d only player who is comfortable against d trademark spin v d asians have nd seems like u r too polarized to point out only abt d asians who find it absolutely shocking at dis decision.Like I said,v wer jus a bunch of guys who wud love watching him.Reg ur opinion abt mre reasons fr his sacking,we should b hoping dat more wil unfold in d days to cum nd I wish him al d very best fr his future.

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (February 4, 2014, 21:19 GMT)

You just dropped your best batsman..well done, England!

Posted by george204 on (February 4, 2014, 21:18 GMT)

Oh goodness me, only England could get it so spectacularly wrong as this. Welcome back to the 1990s. It was fun being an England fan in those brief happy periods of 2004-2005 & 2009-2011.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (February 4, 2014, 21:17 GMT)

Sewag, Strauss, Trott, Ponting, Dravid, Tendulkar, Hussey, Kallis all in a couple of years. not a bad batting lineup.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 4, 2014, 21:15 GMT)

I think ECB just made KP a scapegoat. He was one of the good performer and served England well over the year and now they dropped him before the World Cup. It doesn't make any sense at all. Feel Sorry for him. Well now he will fetch a good price in IPL thats for sure

Posted by SirViv1973 on (February 4, 2014, 21:10 GMT)

Well KP divides opinion like no other on these pages but I for one am sorry to see him go and I am a long way from being convinced that the ECB have made the right call. The decision also effectively confirms Giles as the next team director, surely the ECB would not have gone this far if they had someone else in mind who might have felt that KP was a vital part of the teams rebuilding ahead of next years ashes series. I agree with Vaughn and I would like to see Downton explain publicly why the decision was made and I don't just want to hear him say it's because they want to give younger players a go, There's already plenty of room in the side across all 3 formats to do that.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 21:10 GMT)

Great talent, but as with every exalted character in Greek tragedy, KP has succumbed to hubris and the devastating consequences. Progress comes not from panegyrizing anyone, no matter how seemingly indispensable; it comes from establishing principles that are justly administered. I commend the ECB for their decision, and express an abiding hope that the same is done in West Indies cricket.

Posted by Derek_Haines on (February 4, 2014, 21:08 GMT)

I'm glad KP has gone. As an Aussie, I liked him too much to enjoy us beating him. And I loved how he played when he did beat us. He is a brilliant batsman with an admirable rebel attitude. My Aussie blood though loves beating Poms, and hates being beaten by Poms. So please, let Stokes and Root become champions, and as the crowds in Australia recently showed; they adored Stuart Broad, because he's a Pom! But in the unique Aussie-Pommie way of adoration.

My granddad loved d'Oliveira, as I loved Tony Greig, and my son loves KP. But enough after 3 generations. No more South Africans, Irish and even Australians in English test teams. I want Poms to beat, and to hate being beaten by.

Posted by njr1330 on (February 4, 2014, 21:07 GMT)

1. KP scored more Test runs than any other England player on the recent Ashes tour. 2. There is no apparent suggestion of disciplinary matters. 3. Therefore, he must have been 'sacked' for failure. 4. When are the other 16 'failures' getting their marching orders? As for being divisive in the dressing room; so was I.T. Botham; so was B.C. Lara; so was Javed Miandad; and so, to a large extent, was D.G. Bradman!!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

well mr mushtanda (4 feb20:33) i can remember exactly the last time kp played a knock of substance. infact it was in the ashes test just gone. Criticised for playing rash shots and taking chances. so what does kp do as the england team are collapsing, ill tell you exactly what he does, kp gets 71 of 161 balls at a strike rate of 44. and if thats not an innings of substance then i dont know what is. So mushtanda get your facts right before you come and post a comment on here. Not a team player, he could have buckled under presure like the rest of the team but no he played an innings of SUBSTANCE and got us to a first innings lead of 50 runs.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 21:05 GMT)

England is a side in decline and without KP they will soon be minnows losing to everyone. Sad day for cricket. Then again, i don't really care for England and there boring play, boring captain and shite bowlers. Was great seeing them smashed in Australia. ECB should all be sacked. FUNNY the big 3, India in decline and England in decline ..... I think both teams should be playing test cricket in a second division soon lol

Posted by sk123 on (February 4, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

KPs only fault is that he's one of the very few English cricketers good enough to play IPL and that's something rest of his mates don't like. If Cook was a guarantee in IPL, he would be looking for ways to play too. KP was the only English player confident enough to look the opposition in the eye, which he proved when he went after Warne's and Gillespie's in their prime to help England win the ashes. I don't see any other English batsman with that swagger and body language.

Posted by hfiery on (February 4, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

Had he been English, even King Viv wouldn't have enjoyed his career...

Posted by JG2704 on (February 4, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

Stilll wondering if there's more to this.

As Vaughan says ECB should have to explain more.

KP maybe a mare at times in the dressing room but he creates an interest in the sport way more than any other England player Surely if Eng's reasoning is rebuilding they should also be doing the same with Jimmy (and I'm not advocating they should). In fact only Broad and Stokes came away from the test series with any sort of credit. I'm also wondering now if Swann was given some sort of way out and he knew the writing was on the wall?

Have to ultimately say how impressed I am at with KP's verbal reaction to the news. The guy is showing great class when deep down he must be absolutely gutted. It indeed seems that KP has been made a scapegoat for the Ashes showing which is truly unfair. It really does seem baffling that they have sacked a player like this purely on cricketing reasons. Also it's not like we are overloaded with world class batsmen waiting in the wings

Posted by viru-319-219 on (February 4, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

@Mushtanda ... Do you know cricket is played with bat and ball,11 players on each side and 6 balls every over. I was just worried you were looking for baseball when you called KP hyped up guy. This Guy played over 100 tests and he was product of SA and used by ECB. This shows the talent in guy. Get your memory test done mate ... When was the last time he played match winning knock.. It was very recently in Mumbai against India on a track where even Indain batsmen failed to counter spin. He was player of tournament when England won T20 WC. He and Sehwag were the best entertainers of this ERA and many fans pay to watch them. Both greats had issues with hyped and lucky captains :) so simple as that. Remember the Quote "Captain is only as good as his team" and now we are seeing this in case all big 3 'AUS IND and ENG'

Posted by becham100 on (February 4, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

Well...this is just great! Now there is no reason whatsoever to watch England play. By this logic....the Australians should have gotten rid of a certain Shane Warne early in his career as he made a lot of stupid mistakes off the field too. They didn't and he won them countless matches. I would like to know a Single player from England who can claim to be even half the match winner Pietersen has been.

Posted by iceaxe on (February 4, 2014, 20:59 GMT)

huh? - so I suppose they are now going to sack Cook for being too phlegmatic with his captaincy?

I'd prefer to get rid of Boycott from the commentary box...

Posted by Rahim_A on (February 4, 2014, 20:58 GMT)

What I want to know how has Jade Dernbach survived this review of the Ashes and putting down players who have no future in the England playing XI.

Posted by Newlandsfaithful on (February 4, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

Strange decision. If ECB was consistent with trying to rebuild the team they will also need to consider a slowing less effective Jimmy Anderson, a failing Prior, a mentally broken Trott, an ineffective Panesar, a formless Finn whose England careers should also be winding up. A number of others didn't really shine in Aus either. Why not announce the end of their careers? Cook really failed in this series - with the bat and as a captain inspiring his side - how does he get off so lightly? It just somehow seems like personal vendettas rather whats good for English cricket...

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:56 GMT)

No doubt a difficult personality but then so are many of the very greatest sportsmen . Whilst cricket is a team game it is made up of individuals generally performing in an individualistic manner, it is one of the reasons that the game is so compulsive. KP is an individual but I for one have never doubted his total desire to represent his country to the best of his ability. Yes he would drive us all to distraction with some of his dismissals but at the same time he undoubtedly won not only matches but series with some of the innings that he played. I find it incomprehensible that the situation has come to this point and ultimately the blame must be pointed at a complete failure of the man management of the England set up.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:56 GMT)

wow. this is great news for IPL fans. all T2020 league fans in entire world. Eng worse decision of all time. Eng is not able to manage their best ever cricketer. Sad very sad to see too much politics in ECB. IPL will be great this year because KP will play full tournament. Awesome.

Posted by willsrustynuts on (February 4, 2014, 20:55 GMT)

This confirms what I have thought for a long time. The England management and the Board think they are bigger than the game. They owe everything to the players and this is how they treat them.

Thanks Kevin and best wishes for the future. You didn't lose 5-0 the ECB did.

Posted by r1m2 on (February 4, 2014, 20:54 GMT)

Oh ECB, you're too funny. Let's start the "rebuilding" by dropping the best player :P

Good luck winning any more matches for the next few decades...

Vaughan, Strauss, Cook all of their success was directly due to KP. When the going got tough, only one English batsmen continued going and that's KP.

Bell, Trott, Anderson and other such cuddled depressed cricketers folded at the first sign of struggle...

I don't mind it, makes it easier for India to take England down now.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:51 GMT)

If England think they have better players than KP.... Dream On... The One day sides that they put out in Australia was a bunch of no good wannabes... If anyone could be held responsible for the Ashes Debacle it was Andy Flower and Captain Cook... I like Cook as a batsman but he is possibly the worst captain England has had. England lost matches from comfortable positions for the team lacked tooth to attack at the right times... And that comes down to the leader they had. Wish I could see KP in English whites again. Or else the era of the 1990's to 2005 where the Aussies held the urn as their own... KP you were a special talent that was wasted by the ECB. You would have been great had u been in another country.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on (February 4, 2014, 20:51 GMT)

Wow it goes from worse to worse with England lol! Just when you thought they slid to their lowest level they permanently retire their best player. Grim, poor, unbelievable, bizarre. Next thing you know Ashely Giles will be coach lol! Oh wait a second.....

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:49 GMT)

I'm completely disappointed.

Posted by Twenny-Twenny-Knight on (February 4, 2014, 20:49 GMT)

He's clearly been made a scapegoat, but mainly because the weak personalities at the top have failed to manage him effectively.

At the end of the day he works/worked for the ECB and they've continuously got it wrong in the way they've dealt with him.

OK he's a maverick, but so what - deal with it, he's not the first and hopefully won't be the last.

He's still a star performer and I have no doubt will score a great many runs over the next couple of years both as a T20 freelancer or in county cricket for Surrey.

There is no one of equal calibre currently to replace him and therefore the England cricket team is further weakened by this rather pathetic knee-jerk reaction.

Typical ECB...

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:49 GMT)

Seems very strange that both Gower & KP fell out whilst leading scorer Graham Gooch was ON THE SCENE. Must be that ESSEX players are pre-determined to be England's leading scorers. Enough said.

Posted by indian_Aussie143 on (February 4, 2014, 20:48 GMT)

@Mushtanda... u r kidding, right? Have you ever watched Pieterson bat or ever seen a cricket match?

Posted by JG2704 on (February 4, 2014, 20:47 GMT)

I'm absolutely shocked by this.

I was trying to explain to folk as to why they were meeting to discuss KPs involvement in the T20WC and I thought it was purely to decide on his workload and whether it was to risk him playing in the T20WC which may have joepardised a test series or whether they even considered playing him in the WC at the expense of a test series. I even said to a fellow commenter on here that I wondered if he'd ever play T20 for Eng again but never imagined that this was the end of his test career. Also how can ECB enforce anything in the Central Contract after this.

I have often said that England should not be scared to drop/rest underperforming players but not end their careers.So I'm guessing that it's not just a case of Eng saying they didn't want him in the T20WC and KP saying if he didnt play in the WC that would be it? Just found that Laudrup has been sacked as Swansea boss too. Seems like it's a day for baffling decisions

Posted by xylo on (February 4, 2014, 20:46 GMT)

KP possibly dared to think on his own and did not fit in the army of minions that Flower and Cook demanded. I have a feeling that a huge wave of dirty laundry is going to play out in public view in the near future. If English cricket needed anything, it was a bit of flair and with that nipped in the bud, English cricket fans might as well watch paint dry than watch English cricket.

Posted by lioneart on (February 4, 2014, 20:44 GMT)

Don't understand this one; He should at least be in T20 squad. It's obvious that if there is something wrong with English cricket then it extends a little higher than what happens field of play

Posted by StarveTheLizard on (February 4, 2014, 20:44 GMT)

The Ashes' casualty list continues to mount. What a blood bath! Four months ago England were on top of the World. Now they are in "rebuilding mode"! It really illustrates that the only series that really matters to the English Is The Ashes

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

How did anyone think 104 Test cap experience can be easily replaced?

Posted by samincolumbia on (February 4, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

@lmaotsetung - Actually, KP and England are like oil and water rather and IPL and England. The rest of the world always wondered how such a great player can function freely in a mediocre team and have now been proven right!

Posted by GrindAR on (February 4, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Think about more than 150 years folks... Most of the world did not know anything about Cricket. Some groups in New York played streetcricket ,and then transformed it into park cricket, and then also owned few grounds to play this game frequently...

That's how Cricket born, it is not England's game.... same story as soccer or tennis/badminton... They just publicized to the world as they were living on every part of the world... Let ECB go to dust... lets concentrate on Game and Players

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

On what basis has KP been dropped or axed from the team? I don't really follow this..I thought only Pakistan made these kind of brainless decisions..but apparently..the PCB has transferred this skill over to the ECB...

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

This is the difference between the Indian fans and English fans. Indians adore any cricketer who is good. English fans find it hard to recognize good non-english cricketers

Posted by Batmanindallas on (February 4, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

KP is the only English player I would love to pay to watch-who would like to watch say Bell or Cook-they are as boring as watching Grass grow. It is sad English system known for its boring ways could not handle a talent like KP...England is poorer without him

Posted by Amit_13 on (February 4, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

Cricket being run from an office???? I hope they know what they are doing... This isn't a school and they (ECB) owe a lot to fans who they are robbing of a flawed genius. Wonder how long they would have put up with Shane Warne!!! Bad move - it's the ECB's failure that KP has paid for.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:39 GMT)

Utter nonsense from ECB.. Is this an early April fool joke from them??..IF not i really wish England lose badly in West Indies and ECB realize how big a mistake they have committed in discarding KP.. The complete batting unit failed in Australia and they forgot that he was the one who led them to a series win in India after so long time.. I hope they Suffer badly!!!!!

Posted by Baundele on (February 4, 2014, 20:38 GMT)

KP was England'S leading run scorer in the whitewashed Ashes, and he is the first one to be dropped for that!! A really sad day for cricket.

Posted by northumbriannomad on (February 4, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

Well, Downton's certainly made his mark. With Geoff Miller, Andy Flower and KP gone, it's a triumph for all those who well up with nostalgia at the memory of the glory days of the 1990s, when our selection policy was devised with a pin and a telephone directory, and when we lost to everyone cautiously and humbly and without personality, masochistically relishing our endless postcolonial hangover.

I'm still trying to get my head around this: they have sacked the only batsman in the squad whom people would actually pay to watch bat. They're certainly defying the creeping commercialization of cricket.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:34 GMT)

well the ECB are at it again politics before performance ! better to sack the entire ECB than get rid of a player who still has some fight left in him , After cooks lackluster performance downunder I find it hard to belive he has any say in the matter in fact I am surprised he is still captain

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:34 GMT)

At last! I, for one, am pleased that this divisive player has been given the elbow. You can go right back to the time Jason Gallian tipped his kit over the balcony at Notts to get an inkling of the effect he has on those around him. Yes a great player at times, but he exists on the memory of that century in 2005 and a few biffs around the park. Lots of second inning runs when the cause was either already won or lost. Just think of the crap dismissals he has succumbed to in Aus this year. Not the greatest fielder ever, either. He gives the impression of not really caring (irrespective of what he says) and his behaviour appears to support this notion. Would any side (other than an IPL) really want him? Would you want to captain him? Lets hope England can now move forward.

Posted by Mushtanda on (February 4, 2014, 20:33 GMT)

Another hyped up guy who was more showman than a player. tell me fans of KP, when was the last time he played a match winning or match-saving innings? When did he ever play a knock of substance when it was actually needed?

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

Dont be comin down hard on the Asian fans.. we r ckt lovers n have an eye for talent.. only tryin to emphasize how this stopgap will hurt world ckt more thn it will the Eng side.. who have an adequately wealthy talent pool to find replacements.. first the big3 hogwash and now this.. ckt undeniably losin its shine..

Posted by My-Dear-Watson on (February 4, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

Well what can anybody say about this ridiculous decision by ECB. But England 's loss is IPL's gain. Hope to see KP murdering bowlers in IPL , a fitting reply to ECB.

Posted by Mervo on (February 4, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

Pietersen was a good, but never a 'great' player, as that is reserved for those with averages demonstrably well over 50. He was a 'natural' player and did not flourish under Flower with his strong regulation and plan driven approach. Paradoxically, he would have flourished under a coach like Darren Lehman. I think it is too early to drop Petersen, and they will regret it. Australia rushed to drop Simon Katich and Michael Hussey was asked to make way. Too early in both those cases too. Pietersen made a big call in his life moving from SA cricket to England, and deserved some greater loyalty from the ECB for doing that.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

A rare and fine talent wasted on the ECB. KP - you shld have played for SA. Imagine KP in a SA XI with the likes of Smith, Amla, Kallis, De Villiers.... It will take ECB another 50 years if not more to find somebody half as good as KP. Thanks to Flower and Strauss, Cook will now have the dubious record of the highest English run getter etc.... ECB - you did not deserve KP. Shame on you.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

Good! Michael Vaughan's a comedy king for talking of the need for the ECB to clarify why KP has gone. What, like the clarity over Tresco's departure from India? The clarity over Flintoff's drinking in Oz when captain? The clarity of Pattinson's selection? Face it, Michael, you're an ex-player now. What happens in the changing room should stay in the changing room.

Pietersen was a fantastic player. Frankly though over the last year he has looked tired in the field, perhaps a legacy of his knee problems, and not on his game. We'd seen the best for him. His time has come and gone. His manner of dispatch is no worse than how Graham Thorpe was treated in 2005 for KP to come in.

Last two years of Thorpe's Test career: 23 Tests, 1635 runs @ 56. Last two years of KP's career: 26 Tests, 1820 runs @ 38.

Posted by GrindAR on (February 4, 2014, 20:31 GMT)

It was very similar repetition of what BCCI did with RD and VVS after the Aus drubbing, but it was atleast second failure...

Posted by pat_one_back on (February 4, 2014, 20:28 GMT)

Ridiculous that Eng are unable to manage KP as a player after all these years and now in a fit of ashes depression throw the baby out with the bath water. This will not be the end for KP of that I'm certain, Eng will get belted at home & abroad for the next few years at least, Eng commentators and supporters alike will be begging for his return for the ashes by '15. Cancel flights to Bangladesh & Aust for the WC's and save your money Eng, your performances without KP aren't worth the price of admission. How Unfortunate international cricket will miss out on 3 or so years of KP simply because Eng management aren't clever enough to manage their finest batsmen and a very well known quantity at that.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:28 GMT)

Worst and harsh decision..We deserve to know the reasons..come on speak out!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:28 GMT)

I'm not a Pietersen fan or critic per se but I do believe in due process being done properly but the ECB have regrettably and again mismanaged this situation. By calling practically an extraordinary general meeting to jettison a player in this way is absurd and surely without precedent? He will unfortunately go down as the only test cricketer to be 'sacked' for failing to perform when he was not THE reason why we lost the Ashes. He was/is/has been a divisive figure and character but no professional cricketer deserves that kind of treatment without first being given the chance to go on his own terms. Paul Downton apparently is a pragmatic hounorable man yet he didn't have the private decency to unofficially tap Pietersen on the shoulder.. a gesture afforded to and enjoyed by many other players: some of much lesser ability I might add...and say he didn't figure in future plans. At least then he could gone with some dignity by announcing his own retirement.

Posted by CricketMaan on (February 4, 2014, 20:27 GMT)

181 at Mumbai was the best ive watched KP play. But for that innings England would lost the Test clearly!!! Shame on ECB. With Trott, Swann, KP gone best times for any touring team to England this summer. Can SL and India make it count?

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 4, 2014, 20:25 GMT)

Worst Decision Ever. We all love KP :((( ECB shame on you.

Posted by pom_don on (February 4, 2014, 20:24 GMT)

Throw away KP & keep Dernbach & Bopara I bet........clever these backroom boys.....NOT! If 'Yes Man' Giles ends up in Flower's old role English cricket will be stuffed for a long time...............A VERY LONG TIME!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

Absolute rubbish! What has he done? So angry!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

What an absolute joke, a fitting farcical finale for the calamitous catastrophe of the last 104 days. Now we have a management and implicitly a captain who are admitting that they can't manage one of the most talented batsmen of the modern era. Maverick yes he is.. maddeningly frustrating when he throws his wicket away.. yes that too. An individual who people don't warm to? I don't know and I care not. Manage him, captain him and use the talent. There is no one of his class and talent walking to the middle for England, just nobody close. Thanks KP for the entertainment it's been phenomenal entertainment and privilege to watch you bat. The innings at Headingley in 2012 was as good if not better than Viv's 170 odd in the ODI at Old Trafford. Thanks for the memories, from that privilege I now anticipate years of purgatory of colourless insipid defeats and scraped draws as we pin all our hopes on Stokesy as the next Freddie/Beefy. What an absolute joke.. ECB?

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

This is the most stupid decision I have ever seen. Even in this OZ tour he was the highest run getter. Well you have greats like Bopara and Root why bother with someone mediocre like KP...

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (February 4, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

KP, if you were playing for India, you'd have chosen your exit (a la SRT)! Too bad you got the boot!

Posted by Martensad on (February 4, 2014, 20:19 GMT)

What an utter omnishambles. Looking for someone to blame for Oz failure? Why not blame your best batter, possibly England's best ever batter, in the prime years of his career? He wasn't even there for the short form games. This is worse than the mess England were in in the 90's. More horrorshows to come, I fear.

Posted by razzak94 on (February 4, 2014, 20:16 GMT)

without kp england team is nothing ! i dont thing ECB can explain why kp is dropping ahed of west indis tour ! and they have to pay the price \

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (February 4, 2014, 20:15 GMT)

After all these year so call cricketing experts still have no clue what the underlying issue is between KP and ECB. It's very simple and has 3 letters attached to it. I.P.L.!!!!!! I'm surprised it took so long to for both sides to come to the same conclusion, i.e England cricketer and IPL are like water and oil...they don't mix well! All you Indian fans who have no clue of the inner workings of english cricket can worship him now...he'll be on your TV 24/7...ENJOY!

Posted by KenyaDigIt on (February 4, 2014, 20:14 GMT)

What is going on cricket these days?! How do you manage to force your best player out of your team?

Thanks for everything KP! looks like surrey match tickets will be in demand..

Posted by Big_Chikka on (February 4, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

men in grey suits, who played cricket like old men in grey suits, now will pick more grey suits......................................................................................

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

ECB.. R U Serious!! very poor decision, The reason for these are very simple.. First - there is no player in England who is capable like KP to play SPIN Bowling, Second none is dominant batsman like him, If could be around England could make new team around him. He is the best player by far in all format. Not only england will miss him but he will be missed world wide.. What an entertainer..Absolute Genius... It's more of Coach & Management failure if they couldn't integrate him in there set up... At the end good luck to KP ..Would love to see him play in a way that ECB regret it's decision...

Posted by vijay225 on (February 4, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

Ridiculous...really. This only reinforces the long history England have had with not being able to manage anyone who does not abide by their conservative and go-by-the-rulebook attitude.

Posted by icknid on (February 4, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

Smackings of the shameless removal of David Gower. KP scored the most runs by any of the England team, and I believe Gower did the same - both removed by the narrow minded players and the bureaucrats. And both easily the most talented - you pay the large ticket prices to see them.

I believe a certain English player said that even Mike Brearley would not have made this England team gel - rubbish!! MB had strong egos like Botham, Boycott, Gower, Willis and others to deal with. He knew how to get the most out of them.

So, the problem is not with the most talented player in the team, but the people who led, coached, and selected.

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (February 4, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

Very short-sighted decision by ECB. If 5-0 is the yardstick for ending careers, Dhoni, Clarke would have retired long ago. KP was the best performer by some distance on Aus tour. He has been made the scapegoat. He is just 33 for crying out loud. He can walk in any international side at number 4 and play for atleast 5 more years. By the way, how come Cook has not retired? Oh right, because he is 32 and not of South African origin.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

Emgland should forget winning a World Cup now. The only chance they could bank on was to play peitersen in 2015 , but I guess it's not just time over for peitersen it's time over for England. Sad sad vet sad.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (February 4, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

At least now everyone can move on. KP can get his $2 million IPL contract and play the whole reason and be the face of Indian advertising and the England team can move on from any distractions he may have brought upon them. Win Win situation. I believe the only reason he wanted to keep going was to be the first Englishman to 10K test runs. He does realize that eventually Cook will be England's highest run getter when all is said and done but he wanted to at least be the first there and have that achievement to his name. Well, all that is moot now. Time to move on.

Posted by rachetbetty on (February 4, 2014, 20:06 GMT)

A complete disgrace, the ECB always talk about KP having a big Ego, the egos are clearly in the management, as otherwise they would not prevent the paying public from seeing the best player of a generation. I have been watching England for over 25 years, and I can tell the management that I don't remember them even look like winning anything before KP, I would suggest we won't win much after KP. The reality is that KP is the only real world class player we have had in a long time . My feeling is that the issue is that there has been a clique in the the dressing room for the last 4 years that surrounds the egos of average players such as Anderson , Swann, Cook, Bresnan, Broad, Prior. All players that were huge beneficiaries of having one truly great player in the side. The failure to manage KP , can only be a failure of management , nothing else.

Posted by afghan_cric_lover on (February 4, 2014, 20:05 GMT)

very bad decision by ECB they shouldnt treat a best cricketer like this probably if he took retirment that would be better ,,KP should focus now on IPL and show his classic batting and he should prove to ENGLAND that there decision was wrong ,,im not delighted by this decision its entire team poor perfomonce in ashes they shouldnt blame KP ,,,

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

Well at the end of the day KP can compare his record with these 3 and smile.

Posted by pjd_Howzat on (February 4, 2014, 20:01 GMT)

If KP is axed for these reasons, then the whole squad should be aced. KP still scored the most runs in a dismal display of batting.

I do not personally agree with KP the ego, but with KP the cricket player, I definitely do.

So it should be Ben Stokes and 10 new players then if we go on performances.

Posted by Harlequin. on (February 4, 2014, 20:00 GMT)

I have supported English cricket since I could crawl. Stuck with England through the dark days of the late 90's. KP's knock at the Oval in '05 was one of the happiest times of my life, and I say that with no exaggeration.

I can't see myself supporting them in the future.

Posted by GrindAR on (February 4, 2014, 20:00 GMT)

Thanks ECB for relieving KP from your strangle hold. At-least he can be of his own... no need to wear mask. (Not undermining his test skills) IPL, BBL will be willing to atleast treat hims as a human being and keep him happy... I would say, KP can get into T20/T50 leagues and can still be a leading run scorer for his team. What you give is what you will get. ECB give trashes to its players and fans, which they got back quiet a bit now. So, now they are trying to wash it away as usual.

Posted by robertshegil on (February 4, 2014, 19:59 GMT)

KP can become hundred percent 20/20 player now and participate in complete IPL season :)

Posted by Pyketts on (February 4, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

What a terrible move on so many levels, back Cook the useless captain and get rid of your best player.

But if the ECB are keen to announce the end of careers don't stop there, here's a few more:

- Gooch as batting coach - Oh whilst they're at it, all the rest of the backroom team from the tour - Panasar - Cook as useless captain (if this is the only one I can have I would take it) - Broad as useless captain - Dernbach as a bowler (??) - Bopara for continual underperformance - Balance until he loses some weight (attitude wrong?) - Root until he learns how to bat - Carburry just not up to it - Tredwell as above - Wright as above

But of course none of the above will rock the money generating boat for the ECB so that won't happen.

KP was not perfect but he was still the best we had for the big games and he drew in the fans. I was there when Cook got a big 200 at Edgbaston and I haven't been to watch test cricket since!

Posted by ultrasnow on (February 4, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

Only english batsman (now ex) I'd have paid to watch

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

No man is an island and Paul Downton recognizes that. He had to go and he made the brave and correct decision. England move forward with younger players. At times KP batted like a millionaire in the Ashes.

Posted by liz1558 on (February 4, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

Bad decision. Unanimous stupidity. Please sack Cook - he can't captain, he can't bat and he needs to be replaced. They've made the wrong scapegoat.

Posted by Naresh28 on (February 4, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

Will miss Pieterson. A good batsman who hit hard and scored runs at will. Really fluid and never got bogged down.His long reach and timing was superb. Hopefully we will see him in the IPL.

Posted by sweetspot on (February 4, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

I'm not sad for KP. I don't think he deserves to be tortured in this England side towards the fun end of his career. I am glad he will be fully available this IPL season, and we all know he will fetch a good price - so let him make some money and have a lot of fun playing in the world's richest cricket league, with so many adoring fans who will no doubt come to watch him play.

It is Flower's unimaginative one dimensional approach that cost England the Ashes. All the English stiffness is pretty boring to watch, and I'm glad KP is out of that mix. Let's hope we get to see him in the commentary box as well. He was such a nice presence the last time we got to see him there.

Posted by 64blip on (February 4, 2014, 19:57 GMT)

So the official conclusions so far from the Ashes omnishambles: Flower needed to be in charge of the ODI and t20 teams as well as the test team and KP spoilt it for everyone. As a punter I'd like to say thanks KP, you've been brilliant. I had the pleasure of seeing your ton against India at Trent Bridge, and what a composed and then commanding innings it was.

Posted by Garretjacks on (February 4, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

This is really sad by the ECB. KP has been their best batsmen for almost 8 years now and he still the best. He has not done anything wrong, and heck, I would go on to say he was the only possitive batsmen from the lot that toured Oz for the ashes, tried to always increase the scoring run rate and was unfortunate to get out a couple of times. I think the ECB is just using KP as a scapegoat and I cannot believe Alaistar Cook has not said anything to retain KP. England owes ALOT and I do mean ALOOOTT to KP.

All the FANS and KP deserve a proper reason as to why KP was being dropped, not taking this rubbish about " going forward with youngsters " when theres no one better than KP to help them get along.

Posted by CricketFanInCA on (February 4, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

Million Dollay Baby for IPL 2014!!!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

Nuts!!! KP is the best england test batsmen!!!

Posted by sytofern on (February 4, 2014, 19:55 GMT)

This is exactly the right decision, he can't sacrifice for the team, he often creates problems for team because of his childish attitude, he is not bigger than England team. He must go to home, England will soon rebuild, they have huge young talent, they need to make rights decisions and stick with them rock solidly. He is one of my favorite players, but he has to go.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

Definitely the worst treated Cricketer to have played the game. One of the Best to have played the game has been made the scapegoat. England should forget about winning ways for a decade now

Posted by GrindAR on (February 4, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

Dont worry folks... soon ECB's physical location will be too close to new North pole. Nobody will be able to play Cricket there anymore... :-)

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

Shocker, absolute shocker. There is not a team in international cricket who wouldn't want Pietersen in their middle order....well except for one team anyway, looks like the ECB are getting rid of all flair from our team, to add to a dull captain, dull staff and if Giles gets the job another dull coach too, going to be very workmanlike and borig watching us over the next few years. At least KP will get the last laugh filling his boots in T20 competitions all over the world

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

What has he done???? none of the players performed in the Ashes, if England is trying to move forward than cook, bell, prior,andreson, all should be axed bcz all ov them had a disastrous tour

Posted by jackiethepen on (February 4, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

It's a disgraceful decision. One made possible by the silence of the media over the role of the coach during the Ashes and their support for Flower and Cook afterwards. However Cricinfo is exempt from such criticism. Throughout, the reports from Dobell and others have been excellent and insightful and courageous. Cricinfo is to be congratulated while the rest contributed to this shameful decision.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (February 4, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

Why get rid of your only quality player? Why?

Posted by GrindAR on (February 4, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

"We have decided the time is right to look to the future and start to rebuild not only the team but also team ethic and philosophy" Paul Downton, England managing director

Way to go to pull eng cricket players morale and eithcs Down(by some)Ton(s), which already Down(by many)Tons.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

I am not an Englishman. But I do not see the point of dropping KP, if not for a political or a disciplinary reason. England are a side which is far from settled at the moment. Especially in the shorter formats. They need their best middle order batsman out there. It is not as if all their players are aging rapidly. Even KP is just 33. This decision is really baffling. A superb player and a great entertainer. All the best KP.

Posted by crkt4evr on (February 4, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

ridiculous decision! he was the reason england won against india and without him you can never let alone win you wont even be able to dream of it....WELCOME KP TO IPL!!! V R HAPPY TO HAVE U HERE FOREVER

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:47 GMT)

Just received a hiding in Oz, and respond by dropping your best batsmen who is also your best player in over a decade and arguably one of the greats??!! Unbelievable ECB, you have just put the last nail in the coffin of English cricket.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

This is so brilliant I hope england cricket gets pumped for the next five years! Looking that way. Get rid of bell and cook and this order looks terrible. Hope the windies have them!

Posted by Batmanian on (February 4, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

Terrible stuff for England. They look totally clueless. There is very little class in the ranks now, and Cook needs a lot of it for his unimaginative captaincy to thrive. Suddenly a great era for England cricket just looks like a slow-built prelude to this more typical and very English muppetry.

Posted by BobCo on (February 4, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

They're nuts. Rebuild, by all means, but you might as well keep your best player! The one man in the English setup who has the potential to change the course of a game on his own... nah, lets get rid of him! Wow. Come on, ECB, there is no need to throw the baby out with the bath water! (and yes, that is slightly with tongue in cheek!) The whole English side struggled on the Oz tour, why throw KP to the wolves while keeping the rest?

Posted by GrindAR on (February 4, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

Another scpegoating tactics to divert the main issue... ECB will neither put 1% to fix itself nor ICC.

Posted by 2929paul on (February 4, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

Let's be realistic about the long term future. KP has a maximum of two years of international cricket left in him. He doesn't truly enjoy it and his actions in 2012 indicated he would be perfectly happy to do without as much of it as possible.

He is clearly a very selfish and divisive presence in the dressing room, otherwise the ECB would have moved heaven and earth to keep him in the team. What interest the Asian community have in this decision I have no idea.

Before we judge what this means about the future direction of England cricket, why not wait and see who is appointed as the new head coach, what style he chooses get the team to play in, and what selections he makes. KP isn't the only person who knows how to play attacking cricket in England, although he is the best at it.

Posted by OutSpokenFan on (February 4, 2014, 19:45 GMT)

Sheer stupidity... Whats wrong with ECB? Such a brilliant player he is. He truly deserves to be the captain of the English side instead of the pathetic strategist Cook but Look what they have done to him.. England will suffer that decision for years.

Posted by VipinGangwar on (February 4, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

I think they have chosen a great time to 'rest' KP. India is touring England. And Indian team is known to make small players big. So there is a good opportunity for Stokes, Root and who ever is given chances from ECB in sake of rebuilding new team.

Can Pietersen play for Ireland? What A team Ireland would be if Morgan, Rankin and Pietersen starts playing for them. And they will put a serious case for test stature on the 3 greedy boards. And we will be able to see a new team on test front.

I wish this to happen.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

Sad news, I thought he had few more years of Cricket in him.

Posted by oaziz_us on (February 4, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

For all the work that Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan did making english cricket aggresive, english cricket took big steps backwards. If you are a good leader (which Cook is not), you learn to work with your best batsman. The ECB always didn't like KP's guts because of the prejudice they have against non-English players. This issue probably was flamed up by Cook and executed by people who never played cricket. As a cricket fan, I am saddened to see an unequalled talent like KP go. They would have had a great chance against Aussies in England with KP, Stokes, Buttler. Cook is not a match winner so he can never think like one. English fans welcome to the days of getting white washed by the Aussies. I dont see it changing anytime soon with Pattinson, Cummins and Starc coming back. KP took the fall for bad captaincy even though he scored most runs during the Ashes for his squad. As a cricket fan, internationals will never be the same losing a player who took on fast bowling.

Posted by Stumay on (February 4, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

So losing 5-0 must have been all his fault. Ludicrous. The ECB are robbing the team of an experienced and influential player and the fans of an explosive talent. It really is hard to find any logic in this decision and even if he is hard to manage, so what? Find somebody that can manage your best player. I'm sure Warne and Lara or Botham and Imran were each hard to manage but sometimes you need to look within to find the answers. Getting rid of Pietersen won't solve the endemic problems inside the England team.

Posted by CodandChips on (February 4, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

Thank you Kevin Pietersen. You have entertained us, enfuriated us, saved us and delighted us. A fantastic batsman. Underratd bowler. You will be missed.

Great servant in test cricket particularly. Struggled in the latter years of ODIs. Was no 1 in T20Is.

Yes there have been big issues. Peter Moores. Andrew Strauss. Retirement 2012. As a Hampshire fan, I have good case for resentment as well. But he always comes back fighting. I remember when he played at the Rose Bowl following text-gate when a got a golden duck, having be booed out to bat. Pietersen responded by signing autographs for all the fans'.

Fundamental in a lot of recent success. Player of the tournament WT20 is usually forgotten.

PS hopefully you can stay on as a batting coach/mentor? Perhaps eve na very left-field selection as coach? Don't forget, tactically very good, looks after people (e.g. Kirk Edwards during the West Indies test series), would bring a bold apporach. KP and Collingwood anyone?

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

What a shame !. KP is the most successful batsman in all the present English players, Its just disgusting. Oh! I can't believe this, Btw He deserves better. Alas! He should've played for SA rather than Shameless England.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

At least we have a ready made like for like replacement in Rob Key

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

If Cook has had an input into this decision, he should look at his own contribution with the bat and very poor captaincy and maybe fall on his own sword...

Posted by SpaMaster on (February 4, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

What a lame and lousy decision! Can't fathom a decision like this. WHAT DID KP DO? Looks like lot of bruised egos. No indiscipline story reported yet. In that case, it looks like a case of bruised egos not wanting to deal with an uneasy job of managing a character they feel defeated. If there is no explicit episode of KP misbehaving, the onus is on the management to manage such a wonderfully talented and still the best England batsman. Giving up on a player and dumping him like this is embarrassing. Very unprofessional!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

If England weren't already a laughing stock in world cricket they will be now. The decision to get rid of Flower was justified. The scapegoat however should have been Cook and his not existent captaincy skills, not England's best batsman. Appalling decision.

Posted by Farooq3 on (February 4, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

Another bad decision putting a big question mark against the capabilities if the decision makers!

Posted by MrPud on (February 4, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

Congrats on a wonderful career K.P. not everyone's favourite but he sure can bat. He looked scratchy during the Ashes, not at his fluent best but tried to occupy the crease long enough in the hope that he would click. Amazing that the batting coach has held his job. Gooch appeared to be in Australia for a holiday.

Posted by barryrichardsfan on (February 4, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

As if they are having tons of high quality batsmen, they make their best player the scapegoat.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

This is the reason why England will always remain a mediocre team. Players like KP attract people to stadiums. If there were issues, they should have been explained to media and cricket fans. Great loss for international cricket! :(

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

this is absurd...rip England cricket team

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

SHOCKING...England should hang their heads in shame, blame KP, not yourselves...

Posted by WeldonHosten on (February 4, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

Another example of the cricket boards denying us the fans the privilege of watching the best cricketers play the game. Seems like England cannot handle a lost like an adult. After winning so many series with KP being the leading player something must have terribly gone wrong for such a draconian decision. Sacking the the most successful coach in recent history is also a huge concern. The ECB must learn to accept the fact that you lose some and you win some. These kind of change cannot be good for the development of the game.

Posted by DangerousDevils on (February 4, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

Ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm not sure on what England in up to. I'm an Indian and i always love watching KP bat. Everyone knows KP is a tough character to handle. But to kick him out of the team!!!! Nobody in their right mind will do that. England without KP is very monotonous. I mean sometimes people won't realize the value an individual brings to the team. For eg In Mumbai test during the 2012/13 season on a rank turner he scored 186. That innings is the difference between a Historic Series win and a series loss for England.

England may not realize that. But that's the fact. Don't get me wrong, England has some good players but there's nobody in the England setup of KP's caliber. Nobody can do that kind of stuff.

See the scorecard for yourself, even though it may not give you the complete picture, it gives you a better picture.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-england-2012/engine/match/565807.html

England might learn this the very hard way!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

Lots of Asian fans on here with such in-depth knowledge of the going-ons in England's dressing room. Do you honestly think that had Pietersen been a complete team man that England would have sacked him ? We are hardly in a position to get rid of good players are we ? There must have been lots of things going on behind the scenes that caused this and the fact that the management decision (not only Downton's although he is the figurehead) was unanimous is telling. Nassar Hussain alluded to "rumours" that all was not well in the dressing room regarding Pietersen during the Oz tour - hopefully more will come out regarding that. Thanks Kev for your runs but NOBODY is bigger than the team or country they play for.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

he deserves a good ending , shame on ECB

Posted by BradmanBestEver on (February 4, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

The decision was made based on his lack of team spirit more than anything else.

Posted by Sir_Francis on (February 4, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

Love to know what he's done to deserve this. Must be pretty bad. We keep hearing words like arrogant, selfish etc. As if he's an orphan in such behaviour but there must be more to it.

Posted by Srinivasand05 on (February 4, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

Its very sad ,but one side I am very much Happy.KP will play Full IPL without any restrictions.

Posted by crying_game on (February 4, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

Absolute shame! English cricket has essentially accepted that it has no capacity to manage star players and would prefer to not deal with them over winning. KP was an exciting talent, a joy to watch, and certainly the best batsman from England. And if there was any disciplinary issues that big to lead to such a dramatic decision, they would have come out in open by now. Ridiculous!

Posted by StevieS on (February 4, 2014, 19:26 GMT)

How long till he is available to represent his country?

Posted by kallis57 on (February 4, 2014, 19:26 GMT)

A truly shocking myopic perverse decision. Best batsman in the side and the only one who spent time with the youngsters on tour. What is the actual justification for this? He was 2nd highest run scorer in England during the Ashes summer and top scored during the dreadful Ashes tour to Australia. He is England's best batsman, marquee player and the only player every fan want to watch bat. He had a better tour than Bell Cook Prior and Anderson, are we ditching those as well? Reminds me of Steve Mclaren coming in and dropping Beckham- hope Downton owns a brolly.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

very very disappointed... dear ECB please tell me who is KP's replacement???

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

Welcome to IPL Kevin...No one drops you here.

Posted by SCC08 on (February 4, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

Mix of youth and expeirence is required in any rebulding period. Good luck England, he lead on field with his bat and made cricket a more attractive and put bums in seats. Clearly a more "English" approach is wanted.. Time for more of the good old Ronnie Irani type selections.......

Posted by Andy4Fingers on (February 4, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

Pietersen is one of a handful of game changers in world cricket, especially in the shorter formats, and England are a weaker side without him. Seems like an admission from the ECB that they couldn't effectively manage him.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

What is wrong with ECB? That guy has given more that what ecb deserved. He is the best batsmen they could ever have... KP is becoming Like gayle... have break dude... may b after a series or so they will reliase what a stupid stupid mistake this is... england team cannot win t20 cup... this is all nonsense what ever he deserved to stay in the team... look how brash and stupid warner is but australia still manages them... KP is way more valuable than him... and you guys discarded him... this is ridiculous...

Posted by IT13 on (February 4, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

What a shame. KP is the greatest english batsmen after 2000s. How could ECB take this decision. Did ECB forgot his brilliant performance at Oval in 2005 Ahses, If he wouldn`t be there, England wont be able to get the ashes then. Or Did ECB also forget that he single handedly won the World Cup 20/20 for England, i.e their first ever ICC tophy. Or Did they forget the trashing he gives to world class bowlers like Steyn and others? I am really disapointed by this ECB decision. And I am sure this will come to haunt them in the ICC World Cup and also the upcoming 20/20 WC as well.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

oh KP you are such a gem, with the type of skill he has he can afford some attitude as well. England won many matches due to his mere presence where opposition was always under pressure due to him. His good use of feet against spinners and taking on greatest fast men on the scene was a treat to watch. England won their test series in India only when KP switched gears and took on the indian attack and after that india had no where to go but to be defensive which allowed England to seal the series.

Posted by viru-319-219 on (February 4, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

Now I officially and heart fully hate ENGLISH CRICKET .. #insane #hugeloss #cricketsuffers #legend

Posted by wapuser on (February 4, 2014, 19:21 GMT)

I don't get this. In such a dire situation, what is the hurry to sack KP. He has always been too headstrong & ECB has always adjusted with him. So, why such a hurry now when he is their most experienced player for Asian conditions. They could have atleast continued with him till the T20 world cup. Cook has perhaps taken revenge of some kind. KP has been patchy of late but he is a master player. Sad, good luck for the future KP. Hope to see you play the next four IPL tournaments. And hope to see you play for England again after the management reconsiders it's decision.

Posted by mzm149 on (February 4, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

English cricket team doesn't deserve legends like KP. They are mediocre and will remain as one.

Posted by vrn59 on (February 4, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

Ridiculous, spineless, shameful, disgusting move by the ECB! Pietersen was the only box-office player in that team, the one people would pay to watch. Cook, Bell and Anderson will never command that level of respect. Sad day for cricket! Never again will I support England in any match.

Posted by Diaz54 on (February 4, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

What a shame. Best player in side by a country mile and he gets sacked for being different. I can assure you Success England have enjoyed has lot to do with Petersien. ECB conveniently ignore this. Unlike Trott and Swann at least Petersen did not pack up! Ultimately Perersen was always a foreigner and dispensable.

Posted by gallarate on (February 4, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

Ridiculous! The bland bore machines in the ECB and England cricket set up have a lot of explaining to do.

Posted by EdwinD on (February 4, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

I'm not a great Pieterson fan but just to confirm - England have just been hammered in the ODIs and T20s. and he still can't get in the team?! If I was in his shoes I'd be thinking 'sod the lot of them'........

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

If England want to move on there's a few more players that need to go! Funny why ECB decided it should be Peterson.

Posted by Chris_P on (February 4, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

Not sure why anyone should be surprised. After the fallout from the last South African tour, England have been a team in decline & divided (except the Indian tour) & one of the main reasons rested squarely on one set of shoulders. No individual is bigger than game, as marvellous player as he is (& as a cricket I rate up right up there), his actions caused too far much of a divisive element internally & it was plain to see this & wasn't getting better. Better to suffer some short pain loss than endure a lengthy drawn out pain & start from a lower base.Deep down, & this is only my own feelings, I believe he craved the freedom that T20 offers. He is, along with Gayle & Vaas, the ultimate cricket mercenary.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

Brilliant, thankfully the very selfish batsmen has now been axed!

Posted by jmatwho on (February 4, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

Of all the ridiculous administrative developments over the past few weeks a la the ICC draft proposals, this is perhaps the most unbelievable. That the England set up is so narrow minded to lay all the impetus of the failures down under at the feet of their best batsman on that tour foreshadows that their troubles have only just begun. As a lover of cricket, I would never wish that any team, regardless of my national allegiances suffer; however the only consolation I can take from this action is that KP will not be a part of this squad as it ventures to scrape the bottom of all forms in the near future. I would love to see KP play international cricket, and test cricket once more. While I may only see him in the IPL henceforth, he should consider turning out for Ireland, and help them achieve the test status they so deserve.

Posted by davidge on (February 4, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

England want only grey, boring people who play grey, boring cricket. The same reason why Ashley Giles will probably get the job as coach. I despair for the future of the game I love :-(

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

Let this be known as the biggest mistake in the history of English cricket.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

Well, that's a genuinely world-class side completely trashed by incompetent management within 3 months. Gotta give 'em credit!

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

Really disappointed with this decision. As much as I can see the reasoning behind it, and aside from the records and entertainment, it really does seem like the idea of attacking cricket is anathema to the ECB's ethos, in spite of noises to the contrary post-Ashes defeat. At best, they've woefully forgotten those noises they made - i.e. should really have listened to them properly.

Importantly, who is going to be the imposing, destructive force of an England Test side now? Bell could well do it but as he's been continually plugging the gaps of the Top Order's inefficiencies and awful form for over a year, it seems unhelpful to drop him to no.3.

Obviously, aside from these bits and bobs, who the hell is even good enough to deserve his place?

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

Say what? You are dropping your only world class batsman? Well done ECB. Good idea always for a disaster prone team to cut off its nose to spite the face.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (February 4, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

First you want to damage cricket by making an alliance aka the 'BIG 3' and now you are willing to damage English Cricket... well played ECB.

Posted by sunny_us on (February 4, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

Truly a sad development. Don't know what was going on behind the scene but guys like Kevin should be allowed to fly free (that's when they are at their best). A lot of times "less is more". I hope he continues to play and looking forward to see him play in IPL and if he plays for DD even better. I am not an English fan but certainly, am a fan of KP and his type of game. Good Luck KP

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

worst decision taken by ECB shameful.Ecb treated him very badly no respect and love for eng team now pathetic stuff BY ECB last time they drop him from 2012 t20 cupand england struggle in tournament sad moment for me my favt player

Posted by sjw2k on (February 4, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

Looks like the ECB has pressed the self destruct button with this one. How can you discard your best batsman? Thanks for your efforts KP, you WILL be missed.

Posted by SUMIT-KHULLAR on (February 4, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

What a ridiculous decision, hate ECB for such a crap decision!!! He is the best in his class around , i am sure England will even not reach in semis also in WC14 T-20.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

what is wrong with E.C.B !!!! RECONSIDER

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

Anyone facing England in Twenty20 world cup will be glad that KP is no more. However, owners of IPL teams will be licking there lips at the prospect of KP's availability.

To be honest KP is been made as a scape goat for the failure of the team.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (February 4, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

What a joke this is... absolutely shambolic. Pietersons place in the side should never be questioned, if England are not going to utilise Pietersons talents then I think SA deserve him back. Pieterson would fit into any t20 team and its not like any of the t20 players that play for England will make you tremble but you know if Pieterson is in the mood he will dominate. But as far as the T2O world cup is concerned i forsee a swift exit from the t20 world cup in Bangladesh as we will lack the bowlers to make use of the conditions or the batsmen that can cope with the bowling and heat.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

ECB needed some one to blame the loss in ashes thus KP has been made the scapegoat. England are going to suffer bad in future

Posted by playfaircricket on (February 4, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

Oh man such a fabulous player to play cricket , How can any board omit him , England will,pay for this for long long time

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

Such a shame to lose such a talented player but if they felt he was no longer worth the effort hopefully it will be for the benefit of the team.

Posted by BEZHAHS on (February 4, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

Poor decision. It looks like ECB strategists does not know anything about cricket at all.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

We are doing so well we really need to get rid of our best players! After the shambles of the Australian tour the board starts the blame game. Maybe some of the chiefs should move on as well.

Posted by mzm149 on (February 4, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

After losing Swann and Trott and forcefully pushing Pietersen out, English cricket will be backs to the 90s and early 2000s era. I loved to watch matches of English team because of Pietersen, Trott and Morgan. Interestingly none of them is English.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

What!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

I'm sure all the cricket fans r in shock not just England fans. I'm a Pakistani fan but I'm saddened by this news. On his day he is just a beauty to watch. hope England pays for this.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

Would love to know what he did off the field that led ECB to make some stupid decisions

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

Kp was never accepted as their..sad for such a gr8 player being forcefully terminated..kp you will always remain our favorite!!

Posted by kingkarthik on (February 4, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

Speak about shooting yourself on the foot. Dear England, on behalf of KP, please remember that the three 3 ashes victories and the t20 world cup victory were greatly contributed to by KP. This single decision explains that ECB or the English public has no common sense. Good luck in remaining the wilderness for the next 25 years with players such as Michael Lumb, Ravi Bopara, Jade Dernbach and James Tredwell.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

Absolute joke of a decision and as an England fan I kind of hope this decision slaps the ECB in the face

Posted by Mipixx on (February 4, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

Sounds like Giles owes KP a million quid, then. The rest of his squad would probably fetch a tenner. He may be divisive, but I'd say he was more valuable to England in limited over games than in test matches. Its hard to see him being included in the latter now. Not a good start for Downton. Decisive, but wrong.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

such a shame Go home ECB you are drunk he has been your best man everyone wishes to know whats wrong he has done so he is sacked. I think the ECB have to explain to everyone exactly what KPhas done so we can all have clarity and reasoning ..

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

Good luck to England then

Posted by desiboy454 on (February 4, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

WOWOWOWOWO.... I disliked ECB already, now just dispise them.. At 33 they kick out the only player that held their ace for such a long time.. Cook had a good 2 years. thats it. KP has bailed ENG out on numerous occasions. Fine maybe tests u dont want him.. but ONE DAY n T20s.. This is a sad day for cricket lovers all over the world, I am Indian but loved KP since his debut. Now englands only world class players are Cook n Bell.. I highly doubt bell will keep his good form for more than another year.. and Cook is a good player but not a KP.. Horrible decision by ECB. Atleast I can say thank god for IPL that we can see a start player for another 3 -4 years for sure. His value will is understood by everyone in the world except ECB.. Best of luck KP!!! and England, hope you reach more of a rock bottom. please post comment

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

Sacking your highest run getter for rebuilding your team? Hey ECB, what kind of Pot do you smoke up there?? This is ridiculous.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

I think ECB is over reacting to the situation.. I mean dropping KP is like you drop the spine out of England.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

Shocking and scandalous attempt by the ECB to find a scapegoat for what happened in Oz, KP will be fondly remembered by the thousands who cheered at his great innings. Downton has not endeared himself to the England fans at all

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

Very sad day for cricket. no matter whose mistake was this, this is very sad

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