ICC World Twenty20

Pietersen misses World T20; Wright, Lumb recalled

Andrew McGlashan

August 21, 2012

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Michael Lumb gave Nottinghamshire early impetus, Nottinghamshire v Hampshire, FLt20 quarter-final, Trent Bridge, July 25, 2012
Michael Lumb has been recalled for the World Twenty20 © PA Photos

Kevin Pietersen's absence from international cricket continues after he was left out of England's squad for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka as well as the group for the one-day series against South Africa.

Michael Lumb, the Nottinghamshire opener, and Sussex allrounder Luke Wright, who were both part of the team that won the title in 2010, are recalled in the 15-man squad. Ravi Bopara, whose summer has been interrupted by personal problems, secures a place in both the T20 and one-day squads.

Stuart Broad, who captains England in Twenty20, has been rested from the one-day series against South Africa with the selectors feeling he will benefit from a break before leading the side next month. James Anderson, Broad's new-ball partner in Tests, does make the squad while Danny Briggs is the second specialist spinner.

Geoff Miller, the national selector, said: "Stuart Broad has an important period coming up leading our T20 side and with a three match series followed closely by the ICC World T20 we feel a two week break from cricket is in the best interests of both Stuart and the team.

"Kevin Pietersen's future involvement is still being determined and he was therefore not considered for selection in either squad."

England World Twenty20 squad

  • Stuart Broad (capt), Jonny Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright

Pietersen's omission was expected following the controversial last few weeks which included being dropped for the final Test against South Africa at Lord's. Although he apologised to the ECB for 'provocative' texts he sent to South African players during the Headingley Test the board have indicated there will not be any swift conclusion and return for Pietersen.

Andy Flower, the England team director, said: "It's a sad situation for everyone involved. He played superb in the last Twenty20 World Cup but the circumstances at the moment mean he can't be selected," he told Sky Sports News. "There are still issues unresolved and we will be addressing those when we have time.

"Let me be clear, this is not just an issue between the captain and Kevin. There are deeper issues, certainly of trust and mutual respect that need to be addressed. Those issues have to be resolved before there is anyway forward."

Pietersen was Man of the Tournament in the Caribbean when England won their first global trophy, but in June retired from limited-overs internationals after deciding to quit 50-over cricket which made him unavailable for Twenty20 under the terms of the central contracts. However, following the Headingley Test against South Africa he had a u-turn and via a video on YouTube made himself available for all international cricket before, the next day, being left out of the Test side.

Most of the players selected have been part of England's Twenty20 cricket this year, but Wright and Lumb both last played in June 2011 against Sri Lanka at Bristol. The pair enjoyed impressive Friends Life t20 seasons with Wright making 309 runs at a strike-rate of 161.78 while Lumb made 252 runs in eight matches. Wright also struck a 44-ball hundred during the Big Bash League in Australia.

Lumb formed England's opening partnership alongside Craig Kieswetter during the 2010 tournament in West Indies but his career took a slump, not helped by injury, following that event before his move to Nottinghamshire sparked a revival this season.

The same 15-man squad will face South Africa in three matches next month. England begin the defense of their title against Afghanistan on September 21.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by JG2704 on (August 24, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

@ATIMAYANK on (August 23 2012, 23:16 PM GMT) Listen , I'm not saying we'll win the WC or anything , just that we're not as bad without KP as you make out

Posted by ATIMAYANK on (August 23, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

@JG2704 England won matches against WI and Australia in conditions that favored england. NOT in the subcontinent. Just recently they were drubbed 5-0 in India. These batters cant play in SL conditions and have no realistic chance there. You gotta have KP on board to have some confidence in the middle order. Name one reliable batsman in that side. These are club cricketers you have picked. And not even Matt Prior? They can reach super 8 at max (The Afganistan beating Eng post was a sarcastic comment incase you dint get it). And surely this english side cant beat a full strength WI. See you at world t20

Posted by JG2704 on (August 23, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

@ATIMAYANK on (August 23 2012, 00:47 AM GMT) Thankyou for sharing your depth of knowledge with us. Re England without KP (and I know it's a different format and in a different country) but many commentors on here said similar things about England when they played WI in T20/ODIs and (then world number 1 in ODIs) Australia at home and we won every single match we played. I know Australia are better than they showed and WI T20 ranking isn't too great but you're saying we're a club side without KP? Pretty decent club if that'sthe case.

Posted by JG2704 on (August 23, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (August 22 2012, 05:46 AM GMT) Got to be honest. Although I often disagree with your posts - and you do often seem to change your views - I do kind of enjoy them

Posted by ATIMAYANK on (August 23, 2012, 0:47 GMT)

With this side I doubt if England can even beat the spirited Afgans. It looks more of a club side without KP. Super 8 India,Afg,Aus,WI,SA,SL,Pak,Ban (NZ need to play at their 110% to be in top 8, Eng are a club side).

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 22, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

Great to see another Saffer in the team. Well done 'England'

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

The IPL is the pinacle of the T20 game, but it must be recognised that the Indian fans on here don't realise the quality in the England side because their county and iinternational commitments means they can't play, or because the English T20 cup is not highly regarded. Alex Hales scored 99 against the full strength Windies in T20, Johnny Bairstow is an incredible talent, Bopara is becoming a very, very good T20 player. Lumb and Morgan have got the power to accelerate an innings, and Broad, Swan, Bresnan are crafty stranglers.

I predict last 8:

England, Afg, Ireland, Windies, SL, SA, Pak, NZ

Posted by sust2001 on (August 22, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

In absence of KP, England team is now a big atom without nucleus at its centre. Waiting to see their performance against Bangladesh, Netherlands, Ireland, .....

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

How did Matt Prior not make the squad?! Much better player than Kieswetter. He's had a teriffic FLT20 season, loads of runs and a SR around 180, even Foste'rs been better than Kieswetter. Keep packing the side with mediocre safas. Don't even get me started on Dernbach!

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (August 22, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

Balaji - your point is accurate and well made. However, you are in the minority as an Indian fan posting on here it would sadly seem. It is obvious to anyone with 2 eyes that most of the indian 'fans' hijacking the England threads still haven't got over their 8-0 humiliation last Summer and seek any excuse to berate Eng in some weird exercise at ego salvaging. It leads to all sorts of tripe such as "Pietersen is the only Eng player good enough to make it into the IPL" when fringe Eng players (i.e. not good enough to be awarded a central contract) like Shah, or Mascarenas were playing. They don't understand that central contracted Eng players CANNOT commit to the IPL because their schedule doesnt permit. This is one tenet of the KP Vs Eng problem. The IPL is a side show to the true cricket fan that threatens test cricket. It is shallow and souless. I couldn't care less when it's on the TV. I don't even know the names of the teams. That's not sour grapes I'm just a real cricket lover.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 22, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

@JG2704: Honestly friend, I am done talking about KP. I think KP is a fickle of my own imagination and I think he doesn't even exist in reality. England winning without KP is most welcome by me. *walks off*

Posted by JG2704 on (August 21, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

Another thing is I'd like to see England play guys like Jonny and Jos before Ravi in the batting line up. I just feel they are much more dangerous if they get a chance to bat up the order. Ravi also has his chance with the ball and I worry that Jos/Jonny might try too hard to make an impression if they come in too late as they have no bowling to fall back on. My team might look something like this Lumb.Kieswetter,Bairstow,Morgan,Buttler,Bopara ,Patel,Bres ,Swann,Broad, Finn. To be honest I might be tempted to put Wright in there opening with Craig esp based on his T20WC experience and form with Sussex but Lumb being a left hander and having played in IPL just swings it

Posted by JG2704 on (August 21, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

Away from the KP saga for a moment. I'm fairly happy with the squad. I'm still not convinced by Bopara but his overs could be a good thing in SC. I'm glad Lumb and Wright are both there. TBH I can't remember the full 30 so can't comment on who missed the cut but there's no huge surprises although am I the only one who thinks Jimmy is a better bet than Jade. I like what Jade tries to do but it seems more often than not he goes for big runs towards the end of the match. One guy I've always liked is Kent's Darren Stevens who always seems to contribute with either bat or ball - sometimes both - but I guess he's a bit old to start playing for England now.

Posted by JG2704 on (August 21, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

@ Anand Singh on (August 21 2012, 21:11 PM GMT) - Even in IPL Shah was hit or miss and rumours are he is not a great team man. Morgan, Bairstow and Buttler all have similar skillsets and are all better in the field. Re Prior , he has been out of the T20 side for a while. Keiswetter has been a regular in the shorter forms and while his place looked dodgy for a while his form with bat and gloves recently has improved , making him hard to drop. Must admit Prior is unlucky though. Don't forget you guy probably don't see the Eng players in action nearly as much as we do

Posted by JG2704 on (August 21, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

@ SanjivAwesome on (August 21 2012, 19:31 PM GMT) Re "If the team returns home in the first week, how will the selectors face up to the fans" - I presume you've read the 3rd test reports/threads. How many England fans have even intimated we lost the series/test because of the KP issue.? Our expectations aint that high anyway. Re "And by removing a player of KP's calibre from the world stage, they have deprived global fans of watching a gifted cricketer in his prime" - that's more like it. Still at least you'll have him for a full IPL.

Posted by JG2704 on (August 21, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

@ Cpt.Meanster pt3 - So how do you actually know ECB have done a bad job in investigating the issue? If KP won't explain himself then what more can they do? Should England just waive everything away and have an unhappy team just to accommodate a player who only a few months ago retired from T20s. I don't feel we will retain the world cup but we're certainly not as bad as you make out. PS would you not say Morgan could be a match winner?

Posted by JG2704 on (August 21, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster - Re Broad , he has met with ECB re whatever it was he was supposed to have done - did it straight away to clear things up. When KP was asked to clear up the texts issue (Eng delayed naming the 3rd test squad for 5 hours while awaiting his response) KP did not respond. There's one difference to start with. If you were being totally neutral and did not know the 2 people, who would you go with - a person who is fully cooperative or a person who has ignored the request to meet to clear things up? Obviously Broad could be guilty as hell but no one knows. So Broad was questioned , but maybe you'd be happier if ECB did not believe him and just got him out of the side regardless

Posted by JG2704 on (August 21, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster pt1 - I know you won't hear a bad thing said about KP due to his excitement and IPL involvement but re the last T20 WC - yes KP did star with the bat but in the semi final our bowlers restricted SL to 128 and in the final Aus 147. Also throughout the tournament it wasn't always KP. Lumb,Kieswetter,Wright and Morgan (all of who are in the squad) contributed so while I feel KP is a huge loss and we might miss him badly I would not say we are a one man team. I know ODIs are slightly different but we've gone unbeaten vs Aus and WI without KP. If India had the same thing with Dhoni , would you totally write their chances off?

Posted by JG2704 on (August 21, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

@Great_Aussie on (August 21 2012, 19:03 PM GMT) So I guess WI and Australia are worse than Zim/Bangladesh then as we clean swept those sides in ODIs. Also Bangladesh might be a dark horse anyway. They did reach the Asia cup final ahead of India and SL this year

Posted by JG2704 on (August 21, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

@the_blue_android on (August 21 2012, 18:12 PM GMT) Rubbish. Morgan got a contract but didn't get a game for some reason , Broad got a contract but was injured , Shah and Dimitri (neither included) both got contracts. Half the captains choose name players over quality. I'm not even talking Eng here either. Alf Thomas was omitted after doing well for his franchise and Van Der Merwe came in for 1 match for his franchise , did a great job and then was dropped again. Most of the captains don't know what they're doing

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

@Snick_To_Backward_Point: Just so you remember, MANY of the South African players who featured in the 2-0 win in the tests played in all the IPLs so far. Jacques Kallis is a very effective opening batsmen for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Morne Morkel plays with KP at Delhi; AB De Villiers performs well for Bangalore; Steyn and JP Duminy play for Deccan Chargers etc. They all came together and blew off the wind from England's sails. They all LOVE to play T20 cricket in the IPL. However they also LOVE to play for their country and proudly performed in the recent test series. You see, playing a certain format or tournament in a certain country doesn't mean you cannot go on to excel in test cricket. Some English fans simply cannot understand this logic. It's useless to even make them understand about that. ONLY KP understands this notion. Sadly, he won't feature for England any more I guess. :-(

Posted by cricfan21 on (August 21, 2012, 22:48 GMT)

Really stupid comment calling KP a slogger ... KP is undoubtedly one of the most talented batsman at present in England. Any batsman with 20 plus Test centuries can't just be a slogger. English people don't like IPL because these Grapes are Sour for them ... :)

Posted by yorkshirematt on (August 21, 2012, 22:16 GMT)

@the blue android I'm glad you mentioned Onions. He bowled very well for England before his unfortunate injury but hasn't had a look in since. Been showing the selectors what their missing by playing well for Durham as well. I don't think he should be in the T20 squad, and wouldn't have much of an impact in the subcontinent, but come tour to NZ next year and NZ the Ashes at home he should be back in the team.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (August 21, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

Hmmm. some really stupid comments on here. How about this? KP should apply to play for India. He fits the bill of most Indian superstars: ego, only plays when he wants to, causes rifts in the dressing room and creates cliques and mistrust wherever he goes - in fact he's got all the credentials Indian fans look for. To top it all off, he's a great slogger and revels in the souless, shallow circus that is t20. Just perfick.

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

Owais Shah,he looked in superb tough in IPL,why is he overlooked.and now that prior is dropped.I am sure EC has no idea about this game we spend so much time talking about

Posted by the_blue_android on (August 21, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

Stuart Broad as captain makes me laugh. Why would England appoint somebody like Broad as captain? He acts like he's a 12 year old boy when things don't go his way. The only reason why he's even in the test team is because of his father. He's played 50 test matches and taken 3 wickets per test and that's in very English grassy pitches. Can only imagine what happens when he bowls in bowler unfriendly countries! Nepotism is keeping amazing swing bowlers like Graham Onions out of the English squad.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (August 21, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

English selectors have made an irresposible choice. They should be to selecting the players who will win the cup. By leaving out KP, they've dramatically reduced those chances. As for loyalty, it cuts both ways and the Eng board is not entriley absolved from its own belligerance on the KP issue. If the team returns home in the first week, how will the selectors face up to the fans. And by removing a player of KP's calibre from the world stage, they have deprived global fans of watching a gifted cricketer in his prime.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 21, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

I strongly feel Swann and Broad should be questioned by the high wigs of the ECB. Those 2 guys are NOT saints by any means. Even Anderson looks fishy IMO. The ECB have done a very very poor job in investigating this whole KP saga. It's easy to point fingers at a 'ALIEN' isn't it ? Anyway, mediocre team selection (except Finn and Bairstow) for the world T20. England look good to be walloped in the group stages. Bye bye 'title defence'.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 21, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

@Simon Jessup: So funny that I feel like throwing up ! This attitude is why England are gonna be shoved off the group stages at the world T20. Their team selection is pathetic. No match winners here. KP would have been excellent for the cause. The one player who was SOLELY responsible to earn England their first ICC silverware in God knows how long !! Too bad it will be 'gifted' away to a much deserving team come September.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 21, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

Without kP ENG can't even beat bang and Zim. Worst team to reach number one in test

Posted by KTiwari on (August 21, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

All the best England and come back home soon and don't spend too much time in SL.

Posted by MattyP1979 on (August 21, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

Sad but a must.Team comes first. No way should a player be bigger than the team/game. Eng for example would not play without DRS because ONE player doesn't like it and the rest of the whole bloody world plays with it.

Posted by V.Rajaa on (August 21, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Freddyfprprimeminister, lol, talk abt players who wd b in d ground rather complaing abt coaches from foriegn soils.@scottynye, did u ever come to bangaloru,chennai, d indian cities?U can c many foriegners settled well out there.Ind doesn't look for Imran Tahir or no one else from any other country though their bowling is bit week than the batting n with other teams.They achieved no.1 status in which what they had and stayed there even after away tour of current world no.1 team. And more longer than d poms. If ind looks outside, ppl will come 2 them as how they come 2 IPL. So don't make rubbish statements.

Posted by the_blue_android on (August 21, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

KP has learned it the hard way which we guys in the corporate world have known forever. If you're better than your bosses in what you do, you better be nice to them or else they will make you pay. On the other hand when the boss does not feel insecure or threatened by you, you can still get away with being a troublemaker(Swann, Broad). IPL is waiting for you KP, where you can always showcase your amazing skills. All the other English players act as if they are loyal to test cricket only because they have no skills to get a contract in IPL. Imagine cook, trott playing T-20? LOL Score would be 64-5 in 20 overs, if they manage a good day.

Posted by the_blue_android on (August 21, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

@Simon Jessup, I'm sure your players know what is IPL. Only one guy has the skills to get a contract and that is KP and that's why he is interested. Rest of them will never get an IPL contract, so they act as if they don't care and they are all for the country. It's called denial. IF any of your other batsmen come to play IPL, they will probably be 60/4 in 20 overs! It will be an exercise in embarassment!

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

@Scottnye. I didn't expect you to be so ungrateful to Allan Lamb, and Robin Smith. Whom are you going to discredit now, Tony Grieg? The great D'Oliveera? Check facts, how many matches were won, when these guys played for England, before you do a KP on them!

Posted by cool2cool on (August 21, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

The South African because of whom England lost 0-2 instead of 0-3, Man of the Series of the last t-20 wc is not in the team.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Thank you Transvaal, South Africa. For giving your son Michael Lumb, to boost England's prospects. I thought Dernbach and Kieswetter were adequate donations from a rich family to assist a poor family. South Africa, you are great, your generosity has no limits!

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

ENGLAND welcome to the world of reality.....you are no good.....you should have not been number uno in the first place and now you have deservedly been displaced from an undeserved position......be more arrogant and keep KP out.....soon you will be rattling in the lower half of the ICC rankings......having tough matches with Bangladesh, Pakistan, New Zealand and West Indies......have fun on the way to the bottom......

Posted by Baundele on (August 21, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

This is a shame for cricket. It is a big failure of the ECB management to keep their best player (man of the series in the previous competition); but the player and fans have to suffer.

Posted by crindo77 on (August 21, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

So its Flower vs KP. We know what KP's worth- Ashes, T20 and Test champions. Flower? Test performances, well, the Fletcher era saw equal success; no Test rankings then, otherwise England may have ascended to the top of the rankings which seem fluid in the first place. Victory in Oz- genuine achievement, quality of the opposition nws, England did win 3 Test matches, never easy in Oz. ODIs? I personally don't read too much into home series wins against a transitional Oz and a depleted Indian side. The ODI rankings are also misleading, SA and India are the best sides. Performances in the subcontinent, well, NO CHANGE. However, there are clear signs that Flower is that iron fist in the velvet glove that you DO NOT mess with. And he has his favourites. Not sure thats good for team spirit. The Ganguly-Chapell spat ended in Test defeats and early WC exit. And the common factor in both sagas is poor management by the cricket boards. Divas are bad for team spirit; well, so are coteries.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Kevin, look to the IPL for your salvation, this team is moving forward without you, with good reasons. Looking ahead, Surrey will kick you out of the door very soon.

Posted by scottnye on (August 21, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

some people on here are like a broken record. nobody used to complain about Robin Smith, Allan Lamb playing for England back in the 80's and 90's - because England didnt win anything back then. If a player is qualified to play for a country, wants to play for that country (or in the case of Irish players wants to play test cricket) then why should they not be picked? SA, India dont really have this problem, i guess because people are not wanting to move there....oh hang on i forgot about Imran Tahir..... hundreds of people emigrate all over the world every day, and if those people choose to make England their home and are good enough to represent their country then bloody good luck to them. and the huge number of clairvoyants on this site is amazing - lets look forward to a hard fought world t20 full of upsets and surprises and like the last tournament, no doubt nobody will predict the winner.

Posted by mohamedamin on (August 21, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Gerard Pereira - should Engald drop all the South africans players in their squad, they are nothing........I wouldnt be surprised if the press would be calling for Andy flower resignation when England is knocked out of the World T20.....

Posted by Sadiqahmed on (August 21, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

West Indies management badly handled the Chris Gayle problem and the team and the country aid a heavy price. The England management s approaching the KP episode with similar arrogance and insensitivity to broader team/country interest. You don't throw away your best batsman for some behavioral mistakes for which the player has publicly apologized. Andy and others should grow up, put aside their personal biases and put the greater interest of the quality of the English team to bring back KP to the team.


Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

KP is the best. he played very well in IPL. No chance for Eng.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

only one proteas on the squad ... that surprised me. because of the backlash, i expected none!

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (August 21, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

One final comment addressed to all those Indian, SA, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, NZ, Bangladeshi etc supporters who criticize England for playing individuals who were not born in England. Who are your current and past team coaches? As I recollect, Gary Kirsten, Greg Chappell and Duncan Fletcher have all been at India; Bob Woolmer at SA and Pakistan; Graham Ford and Geoff Marsh at Sri Lanka; John Buchanan at NZ; Stuart Law and Richard Pybus at Bangladesh. The list is endless (with the possible exception of Aus!) and will be far greater if we include specialist batting/bowling coaches etc. Why should it be wrong for a player to represent a country not of his birth, yet absolutely fine for a coach to do the same? Don't forget the player invariably makes his adopted country his long term home and actually goes through a 4 year qualification process - neither of which is the case with coaches! England are the same of course, but I'm not the one complaining about 'foreigners' in the team!!

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Do you think, with the words "mutual respect," Flower might be admitting that he and others have been at fault for not respecting KP?

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

T 20 is not cricket it is a lottery. anybody can win including England. The T20 world cup is a money making vehicle for the ICC like the IPL is for the BCCI. All Wham Bam thank you mam, style with no substance.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Now that KP is dropped,England team has our permission to lose

Posted by PPD123 on (August 21, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Trust and mutual respect....thats not gonna happen whatever the eng mgmt do from here on in.... Pietersen is a showman and will always want differential treatment... he is never going to be a team man... like a cook or a trott... expecting him to toe the line is a futile exercise in itself...KPs DNA tells him that he is the best in this eng side (we can debate that to death either ways) and thats why he will find it difficult to respect someone who he feels is inferior to him (read strauss) he also has an acrimonious past - the one with Peter Moores and ECB, which did not leave a good taste in the mouth... and at the end of it what happened? Strauss got that Job which he thought was his... so this under current has and will always be there... either ways, I feel that it is going to be a futile exercise and we will find a brilliant talent not fulfilling the potential he had and entertaining the world in the process..... that will be a great shame...

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (August 21, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

I have always been a KP fan, not just for his exceptional batting skills which no-one doubts, but because I felt he was always harshly treated by the press, by many in the English public and especially all of the envious Indian/Aus/SA etc fans, for not being born in England - which let's face it is NOT his fault! My regard for him as an individual however has fallen substantially in the last few months - especially if reports about his text messages advising the Saffers on how to bowl at Strauss are true. Nevertheless, before making yet more abusive comments about the ECB selecting a SA-born player, let's deal with the FACTS.... (continued below..)

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (August 21, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

it means swann can criticise kp's captaincy and get away

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Snick_To_Backward_Point Well said! I am still not sure what IPL stands for but assume it is the Indian Pasture League for those never capable or past playing real cricket.

Posted by Brewsir on (August 21, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Pietersen should be allowed to return to South Africa and ply his trade. He will need to adjust his attitude though if he is to receive more than token attention in his waning years. South Africa seems to have found a better method for team building. Pietersen probably needs to find a single wicket competition somewhere and thentransfer to the Mid-Life Lleague scheduled for Antartica later in this decade. His Englishman days are done!

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (August 21, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Let's face it, T20 is like the embarrassing poor relation of cricket that no-one dare mention. ODIs aren;t much better. Test cricket is where it's at. All other forms of cricket are poor imitations. Who cares about the IPL and T20? Not I.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

So sad so sad without KP no meaning of T20 Cricket. One thind is similar between Indian chief selector so called Sriknat ? uhhhh.. and ECB. Pls BCCI kick Mr. srikant before time up otherwise he will spoiled Man in Blue to Man in Yellow.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

bye bye England In World Cup..TRY TO BEAT AFGHAN!!

Posted by JG2704 on (August 21, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Re KP - As a player - like most English fans I suspect - I'd love to have seen him in that side. To those who seem to totally blame Strauss/Flower/ECB - the rumour has it that KP texted tactics/advice/team weaknesses to SA players. If true , is that acceptable even to you KP fans? Remember ECB/Flower/Strauss etc still selected KP for the 1st 2 tests , so if it was just an ego thing why wouldn't they just omit from the beginning of the SA series ?

Posted by JG2704 on (August 21, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

A multitude of ignorant comments here - as expected really. How can anyone say that guys like Bell , Trott and Cook should definitely be there ? This is a format very far removed from test cricket.

Posted by SUMIT-KHULLAR on (August 21, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Ridiculous decision. England will even not be able to make to the semi-finals of World T-20 this year.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (August 21, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

I would honestly rather England lost every match than see this bloke in an England shirt again. He's a disgrace.

Posted by bumbles11 on (August 21, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

There is some real rubbish being spoken on this thread, this is is a young exciting and talented team with lost of experience in 20/20 format.

Hales has England's highest ever 20/20 score, Morgan is pure class in this format, add in Bairstow and Buttler who can both can smash attacks. Wright and Lumb are world 20/20 winners and they have played in foreigh 2020 comps.

Hales, Kieswetter, Lumb, Morgan, Bopara, Wright, Bresnan, Swann, Patel/Briggs, Finn, Dernback.

I actually think West Indies will win it, as they have lots of bits and pieces players who are great at this format.

England have been better in 20/20 and 0DI format's than Tests over the last 12 months home and away.....ask Australia, West Indies and Pakistan.

Posted by JG2704 on (August 21, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

@Indian_Fan09 on (August 21 2012, 09:20 AM GMT) Re Trego - Too little too late I'm afraid. A year or 2 ago he was on fire - was scoring at a decent rate , could bowl some overs and is a decnt fielder (he has also played in goal in non league football). Unfortunately he went off the boil totally with the bat , but now seemes to have rediscovered his attacking approach and hopefully will continue to do so this weekend

Posted by landl47 on (August 21, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

The first thing that struck me on looking at this squad is that it is incredibly young. There are only 2 players over 27- Lumb and Swann. While that shows how much good young talent there is in England, such a lack of experience is going to count against them at some stage. I can't help wishing that Swann was captaining the side; no disrespect to Broad, but I think Swann has that vital ability to think outside the box which might make all the difference. @Selassie-1: Jos Buttler also keeps wicket, so with Matty P. we'd have 4 keepers. Somebody has to bowl! I'm very surprised and disappointed that Woakes isn't in the squad instead of Wright, I really have no idea what the selectors were thinking there. There also appears to be no natural #3, so either Lumb is going to bat there or one of Morgan or Bairstow will bat out of position. I don't see this side winning- but then I didn't see England winning last time either!

Posted by dariuscorny on (August 21, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

i hv heard Jayawardene,Mccullum being termed as overrated.but in true sense i believe KP is overrated.without him Eng may win,but with KP in Eng cud hv surely loose.its a lottery

Posted by Munkeymomo on (August 21, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

@Selassie: 4- You have Buttler too. Don't forget Buttler scored 3 hundreds and a fifty on the last Lions tour to SRI LANKA, all at rapid pace with lots of improvisation. Kies, Hales, Morgan, Bopara, Buttler, Bairstow, Patel, Woakes, Broad, Swann, Finn. Possibly Lumb in for Hales, but see how well Hales does this upcoming series.

Posted by dariuscorny on (August 21, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

@Kiranraj007 ,oh come on man Matt Prior may be best in tests but he is certainly not best when it comes to shorter fomats of the game.Kieswetter is good choice for t20 anyday,with Bairstow as reserved keeper,there is no sense carrying three keepers

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

The present england team all because of KP............! With out KP no england cricket and it will loose all the glory which it has acheived last few months

Posted by Rohnnnnny on (August 21, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

This is gonna be a flop team for world T20, bcoz KP is a fine player, who is big difference maker in the England team...........just wondering how badly this team will be knocked out of the tournament!!

Posted by Arthur_13 on (August 21, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

For the one day series the mouth watering prospect of an attacking batting lineup such as Cook, Bell, Trott, Peiterson and Bairstow (what a find), continues to allude England because the primadonna Pieterson could not be man managed by the England hierarchy.

As a South African I dont like him, as a cricketer I admire his cricketing skills and I am totally bemused how England have shot themselves in the foot over this. Peiterson is a wally for sure, but surely dropping him is overkill - oh by the way a wally or a plonker in South African slaang is "doess" For the British press PLEASE do your research by directing your enquireis to those in the know rather than interprete from a dictionary.

STUPIDITY ALL AROUND is all I can say.

By the way i think Prior deserves another go at the 50 over format. He was formidable.

Posted by DeathKnell on (August 21, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

well done....... why throw KP alone? what about Swann & other kids out there? they all caused this..cud be much earlier, but at least since the famous autobio of Swann, hope it was a nice read, heights that he wrote one while playing & most importantly about one who was also playing alongside him - I cannot imagine what a mess it is in the Eng dressing room...

Posted by ShankarKR on (August 21, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

There is no chance for England to win 20 20 world cup for sure. It is highly ridiculous to drop great batsman like Kevin Peterson. England selectors should think about England winning 20 20 World cup rather than their personal problem with Kevin Peterson. It is shame on Selectors to drop Kevin Peterson.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

bad bad team. look at the batting... england looks a totally new side without the likes of cook, bell, kp, trott. and the best part is they have not included matt prior who is a better hitter, timer and class above all the batsmen on the list. be it be any batter on the list, everyone has something to prove and cannot call himself as a regular member. remember its asian conditions again! where eng struggles to even show up a fight. losed to bangladesh and SL last yr. whitewashed brutally by indian side which was missing its key players like sachin. sehwag, dhoni, zak, yuvi n bhajji. this eng side could bid goodbye to its hard fought only title - its time to slip through the rankings! Bowling is ok with a couple of bowling all rounders. best chance for SAf team to clinch a title... SAf is the only team which plays consistently throughout the world, even in subcontinent conditions.

Posted by Pavan_15 on (August 21, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

I think this decision of dropping pietersen rules out england's chances of being a strong contender for the Cup.

This is something like openely announcing to the world that.. ""THERE ARE NO DEFENDING CHAMPIONS IN THE TOURNAMENT!!"""

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (August 21, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Thank God KP has gone. I'd happily lose knowing Eng have a team than win with 1 selfish prima donna. KP the IPL awaits in all its resplendent, uh hum, glory.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Lets face some facts KP is South African, born and bred, He was educated at the elite Maritzburg College that lists Rugby Internationals Joel Stransky , Craig Joubert and Cricketer Jonthy Rhodes amongst others as former pupils. KP made his debut for Natal. Its only the ECB's shameless policy of recruiting talented foreign cricketers mainly South Africans to boost test ranking that opened the door to KP. England is better off without KP and KP is better off without England.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

Agree that Prior would perhaps have been a better bet that Wright or Lumb vs spin and on slow-low wickets, but from this squad 1Kieswetter+ 2Hales 3Bopara 4Morgan 5Bairstow 6Buttler 7Patel 8Swann 9Bresnan 10Broad 11Finn; is the best XI, with Briggs fro Bresnan on a real turner, Lumb in for Hales if he struggles, and Wright in for Bopara if his head isn't right. Dernbach only needed if Bresnan or Finn really struggling... Doubt we'll retain the title without KP (doubt we would have even with him in subcontinent conditions), but in T20 it's all about confidence and momentum, so get a good start and you never know...

Posted by Naren on (August 21, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

Lumb is a lame selection. Matt Prior should have been rewarded for his good performances. Anyway this England team has to first look if they can beat Afghanistan to qualify to the next round.

Posted by baghels.a on (August 21, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

It is a shame that there is no KP but it was expected he would not be picked,would have loved to see Chris Woakes out there instead of Bresnan, no prior till Kieswetter another Saffer import remains the favoured choice.Owais Shah was good in IPL but poor running beetween wickets hinders him.Ravi Bopara's spot could be given to James Vince/S.Croft,B.Stokes/Hildreth.Two talents i have been impressed in u-19WC batter B.Foakes and fast bowler J.Overton who was clocked at 93 mph !!

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

This is the end of England as a strong force in International Cricket. What a lobby has formed in ECB against their star batsman Kevin Pietersen, which is very bad for England team's future. ECB should forget Kevin's services till now and made their TEST,ODI and T20 teams into World Class ! This is not the end of Kevin Pietersen as a batsman, but surely he can come back either for England or South Africa. Now Kevin should concentrate on T20 leagues world over and play for South Africa after 4years, by that time he can make huge money from IPL and other leagues. He play very well on Indian Subcontinent pitches and famous for his Switch Hit in T20's, It is a shame that ECB dropped this player from batting lineup.

Posted by Mavzz on (August 21, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

What no KP? Good for other teams :) What a bunch of cry babies, crying over some stupid texts. I don't see anyone in England team coming even close by a mile to his match winning abilities. I am Indian fan so happy for India but as a cricket lover will miss his batting. Guess ECB dropped the cup even before a bowl has been bowled!

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Backward step by England.KP is a very fine T-20player,surely deserves to be in the team.

Posted by Emancipator007 on (August 21, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Folks,the real culprit is not ECB but the dictatorial duo of Flower (shame on him appearing so after what he did in 2003 World Cup) and Strauss in KP saga. Shame that they prefer so-called team unity when mischief mongers like Broad,Swann,Bresnan,Anderson are no less individualistic. Flower you would expect to talk "about cogs in a wheel" as he played for a minnow team. But Strauss showing pathetic leadership skills in not wanting his best player for Tests.No BOARD can go against a captain's wishes and that too a successful captain. Proves that Strauss has ousted KP. Imran had troubles plenty with his temperamental team-mates but managed them for the cause of winning. Botham,Lillee, Warne were charlatans but given a free run by their leaders cos of what they bought to the team. Can't believe England system of management and players are blind to KP's raging talent which WHIPPED OZ's vaunted pacers in 2010 T20 final with contemptuous ease like no one ever in recent times.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Another South African in Lumb then. We still control English cricket from the Southern tip of Africa. The more things change about Poms the more they remain the same. I wonder what would happen to English cricket if South Africa were to wiped out by an asteroid. End of cricket?

Posted by cricTorque on (August 21, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

Chris Gayle and Keving Pieterson saga just demonstrates how uncommon common sense is. The best player in the team is sitting out because few grumpy Englishmen left in English Cricket Team are babooning instead of showing any professionalism. If KP has been a villain by texting a well known fact, have others been any less by constantly cornering their best. To walk as one is everyone's responsibility not only KP's.

Posted by amitgarg78 on (August 21, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

So the clique wins again? Shameful!

Posted by yorkshirematt on (August 21, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

However much Pietersen would improve the team, what he did was unacceptable and he should never play for England again. It's a team game.

Posted by Rajeshj on (August 21, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Poor selection and I don't think ECB is any bit keen to retain the trophy.. Look Andy is talking about trust and mutual respect??.. will he sound the same like a monk, when his private conversations with the captain or ECB are spilled to the media??.. may be he will.. sorry to see KP at the wrong end...

Posted by jonesy2 on (August 21, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

i would say that everyone has a chance at winning the t20 world cup. but england dont. they are captained by stuart broad and most of those players would struggle big time to make an IPL or BBL team

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

decent squad ... batting looks shaky but good enough bowling, wish the poms all the best

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

all those who r praising this team selection will be presented to reality once the tournament starts...this english team is not half as strong as it would be with KP...and as far as mutual respect and trust is concerned god only knows where ECB was sleeping when Swann criticised and made those remarks against KP in his book...bloody double standards...

Posted by Lowfulltoss on (August 21, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

A lot of people seem to be having trouble grasping why KP has been dropped. Is it because the ECB don't understand that he's their most impactive batsman? No. Are the ECB naive enough to think that England won't be will be a weaker team without him? No. Do they believe that England's chances of winning the T20 World Cup won't be damaged by his omission? No. The ECB are almost certainly not blameless in this affair, but at least Strauss and Co. understand that some basic core principles - such as loyalty and integrity - are worth defending, even if this means incurring some short term pain. It's hard to imagine that the boards of too many other countries would be prepared to drop a star player over a point of honour. Winning at this level is important, but it's not everything .....

Posted by Haleos on (August 21, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

@adm21 - so the recent form should not be considered?

Posted by getsetgopk on (August 21, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

No Matt Prior is a no brainer. he is one of the most destructive keeper batsman since Gilchrist I would say! he should be brought back ASAP, wake up ECB.

Posted by aarfeen on (August 21, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

england management is killing cricket ......droping k.p is ridicouls ...........i ll be very happy if england looses against afghanistan ....

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Pietersen is finished or should be finished as an England Player after what he done

Posted by Dan9999 on (August 21, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

What does Matt Prior have to do to get in the ODI squad!? Also, please let's not let this descend into the West Indies v Chris Gayle saga. Just getting embarrassing now

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

This teams batting is very weak, no ways will they win.

India should win.Kohli in devastaing form...

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

How much England missed KP AT Lords? Are already down in the ratings and sure will be outclassed in Asia. There is nothing which can not be sorted out by having frank and clear understanding. Are personal issues more important than winning for your country? If thats the way then Andy Flower and Strauss should be sacked.

Posted by Haleos on (August 21, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Looks like ECB selectors are following Shrikanth. Weird selections.

Posted by Selassie-I on (August 21, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

Also, shame no Matty P, he deserves a go. Keisy can still be in the team, then with Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow we'd have 3 keepers in the team to cover any eventuallity.

Posted by adm21 on (August 21, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

@Aussiesfalling, Prior has not been in the ODI squad since the last world cup, or the T20 squad for over 2 years, so no surprise he's not in.

Posted by Selassie-I on (August 21, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

@prannsshu, I think no Owais Shah as he's a walking run out and can't field for toffee. For me the starting XI - Keiswetter, Hales, Lumb, Morgan, Bopara, Bairstow, Wright, Patel, Swann, Dernbach, Finn. Gives us potential for 4 seamers(RB,LW,SF & JD) and 2 spinners, maybe Briggs in for Finny or JD if the conditions stipulate. Also gives us decent batting to 8, 9 inclusive of Swanny.

Posted by Harlequin. on (August 21, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Thanks ECB, deprive us of our most watchable player. Not to mention the fact that he has been playing IPL (and playing it well) and so has by far the most experience/skill playing subcontinent T20. I really don't care that he is causing issues in the dressing room - tell me ECB, if you ordered a meal in a restaurant, would you accept an answer from the waiter along the lines of 'sorry, you can't have our michelin star food because the chef has been calling me names'?

Posted by edgie on (August 21, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Really People, why blame the ECB when all KP had to do was to keep his opinions to himself, and his fingers away from a keyboard/cellphone. Am surprised by Prior's ommision, though they already have a decent keeper in Kieswetter...

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Very poor Selection. No genuine batsman of worldclass. Only bowlers. Broad, Anderson, Brensan, Jade, Patel, Briggs.. Batsmen only Bairstow, Morgan, Keiswetter, Bopara.. Should have put ego aside and picked KP.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

one thing for sure they won't reach semis,surly missing kp in the list

Posted by ravikiran.bits on (August 21, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

foolish ECB digging their own dig. England had a chance of clinching No.1 rank in all fromats before the series starting. Now its gone SA have a chance if they win this ODI seires they will be World No.1 in all three formats. Which will happend without KP. >.< ECB sucks

Posted by Knowledge_Speaks on (August 21, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Strauss means Clarke!! Only focusing relations with the Selectors/Managment. No matter if team's performance is effected. KP is Ketich is Gayle.

Posted by StoneRose on (August 21, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

To coin a phrase from Charles Colvile: what does Luke Wright do again? He hardly bowled for England when he played and hardly batted. He's in cos of one innings in the Big Bash whereas Owais Shah played more consistently in the IPL, which is a better standard than the Big Bash anyway. No particular qualms playing Wright but if so he's got to do something.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Why no Prior? He's been by far the most destructive batter in this year's FLT20.

Posted by Kiranraj007 on (August 21, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Where is Matt Prior? He had such a great Friends Provident this year... Best wicket keeper batsmen in the world cant find a place in english T20 squad? I agree he has had his opportunities without much success but still he scores quickly plays spin well and more importantly is in great nick. Only one question is Lumb or Wright better batsmen than Prior??? Other player i would advocate is Owais Shah, agreed not the swiftest in the field but please he has the X-factor that this english team lacks. Again very good player of spin experience of playing T20 around the world too bad to miss out... Chris Woakes why cant he find a place in any english team???

Posted by gsamiru on (August 21, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Enthusiasm on watching England team has gone away..........., looks like Afghanistan will beat them in Group stage .......... :D

Posted by t20-2007 on (August 21, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

y...broad and swann n who is luke wright...but i think we shd thank god for not selecting ian bell in place of KP

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

THis is ridiculous......no KP, England can kiss good bye to defending their title.....ain't gonna happen!

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

Where Is England Man Of the Series Matt Prior

Posted by Aussiesfalling on (August 21, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

What is it with the England T20 selectors and Matt Prior? He was left out of the squad at the 11th hour before the last T20 wC in the West Indies. Before that he was left out of the squad at the last minute for the T20 WC in England. The only T20 tournament he has been selected for was the 1st in South Africa when he got injured at the start of the competition. His form in this year's domestic T20 has been outstanding. He has scored 247 runs at an average of 49.4 and a strike rate of 199.19 far and away the best stats of any batter in the tournament. No KP is a shame. No Prior is a travesty.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

ECB has dropped Kevin Pietersen at their own peril. He is not wet behind the ears over playing in sub-continent conditions. Going by the recent T20 matches happened in SL, the ball does swing a lot in the night and this justifies Jimmy Anderson's selection. Opponents will heave a sigh of relief over the exclusion of KP from the England squad.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

Pietersen's omission leaves me feeling short changed by the ECB. If so called 'principles' are more important than actually winning, England's fall down the ratings has begun again!

Posted by t20-2007 on (August 21, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

NO KP seriously..........:(

Posted by Munkeymomo on (August 21, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

No real surprise. Good team selected there. Should be very competitive. Time for Buttler to show the world what he can do. Think this team will surprise a few. Hopefully they can play the overrated Aussies at some point.

Posted by Sthilanka on (August 21, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

however dropping kp for a subcon: series is not going to make it easy for eng.

Posted by Deez0 on (August 21, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

WHAT??Only 3 Saffas in the squad...how is that possible??

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

One South African for another

Posted by prannsshu on (August 21, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

good to see RAVI BOPARA is back... bt why luke wright?? why not owais shah??? where is damitri mascerhens who was once the hitting six specialist??? m from india.. bt vry big fan of england.. and want them to defend their title bt luke wright......???? best of luck england

Posted by QingdaoXI on (August 21, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

Very Good squad Playing XI should be: Lumb, Keiswetter, Bopara, Morgan, Bairstow, Buttler, Patel, Broad, Swann, Finn, Briggs.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

Well now he'll have plenty of time to be the freelance cricketer he always wanted to be. I think he'll miss the international spotlight though - the IPL may be almost international strength but it's hardly the pinnacle of the game, it's a circus, and already fading in appeal.

Posted by Min2_cric on (August 21, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

pietersen has been quite unlucky..when he left odi squad, Ian Bell came into form and no one missed Pietersen...now when he is omitted from 3rd test bairstow came into form and again no one missed pietersen...lol

Posted by Min2_cric on (August 21, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

its written that jimmy anderson makes the squad but his name is not specified in the list...for the topic the ECB has got better of Pietersen...

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Wright, Bopara, Lumb etc. are lik kids when compared to KP. It's a huge loss to England. They dont have a player who can completely destroy the opposition. All the other teams have one or two such players.

Posted by roversgate on (August 21, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

This team seems a bit short of limited overs specialists (batsmen). Lumb is there but hasn't had much match practice and Morgan who hasn't had as much success in the subcontinent. They really needed Pietersen to defend their title, I dont see it happening now.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

This is english team or they rented player from any other country like ireland??? :P

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

It will be difficult for England now. KP was one of the stronger players in the sub continent. Rest of the squad hardly has anyone to set the pitch on fire. And we all know english bowling in Limited overs in the sub continent.

Posted by Indian_Fan09 on (August 21, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Peter Trego is in great form! He should have made the team!

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

looking at the England t20 squad this is sure that they are going to struggle without pietersen and adding to that they are vulnerable on the slow,slugish and turning srilankan pitches.....

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

The decision to drop KP from the squad will dampen the England's changes, further, to defend their title. They donot have any body (other than Bopara, Morgan) with any experience of sub-continent conditions.

Their recent surge in the shorter format (both T-20 & ODI) was largely due to KP and his aggressive on-field behaviour, which changed the mindset of English players. I believe they will fare very poorly in the World cup in his absence.

The ECB wasn't able to handle the KP affair amicably in the last week and the results are already showing :)

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

The difference is KP... Would England regret?!?!

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

No surprises really. It never looked as if KP was going to be back in any form of international cricket for the remainder of this summer. However, the ECB needs to reach an amnesty now to get this all resolved. Also the ECB should look to renegotiate the terms and conditions of their contracts. Given the scheduling of international cricket and other competitions, players should be given the right to pick and choose which forms of cricket (note the word forms, not matches) they play, with bigger monetary incentives for those that want to play all three forms of the game. However, without KP in the WT20 side, I doubt we'll get very far. Bad move by the ECB there, but you know, haters gonna hate.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

That's the end of that, I suppose........unless England do what they are best known to do in World Cups i.e. INJURIES!!!

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

deya twenty20 squad looks very weak.......

Posted by Fan1969 on (August 21, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

I am glad. England are in the same group as India.

With KP, India's chances of winning were average. Now India should win. Thankyou ECB for taking Pietersen out for "non cricketing" reasons.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

A very good news for other countries! Great teams are built around great players, not on team unity etc. If you are winning, the team culture is upgraded and the team become united. You have to have great players like KP to find winning ways.

Posted by sakthivelsundaresan on (August 21, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

They will suffer without KP. They will not qualify for knock outs with this team. Sad for England..

Posted by ansarri on (August 21, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

it is a weak team without KP

Posted by Yevghenny on (August 21, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

ha ha, Luke Wright instead of Pietersen. Oh dear

Posted by Narbavi on (August 21, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

That's a disgraceful move!! ECB will regret this decision, without KP, england won't make it to the semis, and now i expect a backlash from KP's side!! Hold on!!

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