ICC World Twenty20 2012 August 24, 2012

Pietersen in TV team for World T20

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Kevin Pietersen will be at September's World Twenty20 - not as a player but as part of ESPN STAR Sports' team of television presenters. The news comes soon after it was confirmed that Pietersen would not play the World T20 for England following his spat with the ECB and his team-mates - whose performance he could now be commenting on from the outside.

ESS*, who hold the broadcast rights for ICC tournaments, said on Friday that Pietersen - who was named player of the tournament when England won it in 2010 - would be on their 'presentation and analysis team' during the marquee tournament. Players have done commentary stints on series they've had to miss through injury but this could be the first time a player omitted in such controversial circumstances will be at the mic.

Following his spectacular century in Leeds against South Africa, in a series which resulted in England losing their No. 1 Test ranking, Pietersen had spoken at a press conference about how he'd like to "carry on but there are obstacles that need to be worked out … and points I'm trying to sort out in the dressing room". The issues included his desire to play the IPL in its entirety, text messages he sent to South African players during the series - allegedly about England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower - and a parody Twitter account that he suspected his team-mates of starting.

He had since apologised and released a video where he committed himself to international cricket but, as the matter grew more complicated, he was left out from the squad for the final South Africa Test, and was not among the 15 England players named for World T20 on August 21.

Apart from analysis, the ESS release said, Pietersen will also play an important role in the publicity and promotion of the broadcast of World T20.

*ESPN STAR Sports is a 50:50 joint venture between Walt Disney (ESPN, Inc.), the parent company of ESPNcricinfo, and News Corporation Limited (STAR)

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  • VillageBlacksmith on August 27, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @randyoz.. so australia can take many players not born in australia but england cannot?? your hypocrisy has found u out cobber...

  • MENDIS_Forever on August 27, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    @Chandrasekaran Ganesh : hah..hah.agree with you mate.It'll be a nice thing if they do ...

  • MENDIS_Forever on August 27, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    So, the most valuable player of the 2010 edition has been dumped away.Such a talent...specially in this format.England will suffer this a lot.Feel sorry for you KP.Hope you'll do the commentating job well.

  • on August 26, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Now he can "tweet" as much as he wishes. He can get even with his detractors, however, he should look forward to returning to English Dressing Room as a TV correspondent/Analyst.

  • Masud_BITK on August 26, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Listen all mates, England uprise is gone. They will continue slip from all sorts of cricket. See now...from this ODI. I also blame some to KP. He joins with Pak players, good match.

  • CandidIndian on August 26, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Very interesting picture with the article lol@that,on a serious note its unfortunate that super talented player like Kevin will be away from serious cricket,ECB should do something about this, they have two important tours coming up,Indians played poorly in Eng and Aus tour but they cant be written off at home ,while Aussies are inform overall and will be extremely eager to win Ashes again.

  • MartinC on August 26, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Wait, I thought he wanted a break to spend time with his family?

  • RandyOZ on August 26, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @VillageBlacksmith - stick to the rugby mate your cricket knowledge is non-existent.

  • Meety on August 26, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @VillageBlacksmith - took your entire comment to actually get to the point, what goes on in Rugby in Oz is irrelevant. Rugby is a 3rd rate sport in Oz behind AFL & League. Is cricket a 3rd rate sport in England, or is the premier Summer sport? You mentioned Keplar - when did he last play for Oz? (it was a QTR of a century ago) - pls come up with some more relevant examples as Oz do not have a situation where 1/3 of debutants in the lqast 5yrs are overseas born. There is rarely an occasion where we have more than one overseas born player - let alone FIVE! == == == @Harold-I - I have a strong preference for Oz to win against the BEST another nation can assemble, but I think the ECB (whilst definately not without blame), have done a reasonable job on this issue. KP then being in SL as a commentator (good luck to him - he may need to maximise his earning capacity now), MUST be a huge distraction for Team England!

  • Harold-I on August 26, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    As an Aussie maybe I should be happy KPs international career seems to be over. Instead I reckon it's total idiocy on the part of the ECB, and wish they fix it quickly so we get to see him in the 2 ashes series coming up. There's no question he's not an easy type to get along with, but the question should always be which team do you fear more. One with fighting in the dressing room and KP on the field, or a steady dressing room and no KP. For me the question is easy, KP all the way. So the ECB has to make it work. If that requires a public slap and a private "come home", so be it. But get the best players in England in the team. The entire issue of mixing 20/20 and ODIs was wrong to start with. If players aren't happy with a format, why force them to play it? It's not as if the English ODI squad and 20/20 squads are identical. They don't even share a captain! It's not too late, and India is waiting right around the corner.

  • VillageBlacksmith on August 27, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @randyoz.. so australia can take many players not born in australia but england cannot?? your hypocrisy has found u out cobber...

  • MENDIS_Forever on August 27, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    @Chandrasekaran Ganesh : hah..hah.agree with you mate.It'll be a nice thing if they do ...

  • MENDIS_Forever on August 27, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    So, the most valuable player of the 2010 edition has been dumped away.Such a talent...specially in this format.England will suffer this a lot.Feel sorry for you KP.Hope you'll do the commentating job well.

  • on August 26, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Now he can "tweet" as much as he wishes. He can get even with his detractors, however, he should look forward to returning to English Dressing Room as a TV correspondent/Analyst.

  • Masud_BITK on August 26, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Listen all mates, England uprise is gone. They will continue slip from all sorts of cricket. See now...from this ODI. I also blame some to KP. He joins with Pak players, good match.

  • CandidIndian on August 26, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Very interesting picture with the article lol@that,on a serious note its unfortunate that super talented player like Kevin will be away from serious cricket,ECB should do something about this, they have two important tours coming up,Indians played poorly in Eng and Aus tour but they cant be written off at home ,while Aussies are inform overall and will be extremely eager to win Ashes again.

  • MartinC on August 26, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Wait, I thought he wanted a break to spend time with his family?

  • RandyOZ on August 26, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @VillageBlacksmith - stick to the rugby mate your cricket knowledge is non-existent.

  • Meety on August 26, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @VillageBlacksmith - took your entire comment to actually get to the point, what goes on in Rugby in Oz is irrelevant. Rugby is a 3rd rate sport in Oz behind AFL & League. Is cricket a 3rd rate sport in England, or is the premier Summer sport? You mentioned Keplar - when did he last play for Oz? (it was a QTR of a century ago) - pls come up with some more relevant examples as Oz do not have a situation where 1/3 of debutants in the lqast 5yrs are overseas born. There is rarely an occasion where we have more than one overseas born player - let alone FIVE! == == == @Harold-I - I have a strong preference for Oz to win against the BEST another nation can assemble, but I think the ECB (whilst definately not without blame), have done a reasonable job on this issue. KP then being in SL as a commentator (good luck to him - he may need to maximise his earning capacity now), MUST be a huge distraction for Team England!

  • Harold-I on August 26, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    As an Aussie maybe I should be happy KPs international career seems to be over. Instead I reckon it's total idiocy on the part of the ECB, and wish they fix it quickly so we get to see him in the 2 ashes series coming up. There's no question he's not an easy type to get along with, but the question should always be which team do you fear more. One with fighting in the dressing room and KP on the field, or a steady dressing room and no KP. For me the question is easy, KP all the way. So the ECB has to make it work. If that requires a public slap and a private "come home", so be it. But get the best players in England in the team. The entire issue of mixing 20/20 and ODIs was wrong to start with. If players aren't happy with a format, why force them to play it? It's not as if the English ODI squad and 20/20 squads are identical. They don't even share a captain! It's not too late, and India is waiting right around the corner.

  • on August 26, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    this english t20 side is zilch without kp. all sides in IPL want kp. but his jealous teammates want to keep him out of the english side. the ecb betrayed kp's faith by leaking confidential info to the media. and it's certain that chris broad had a hand to play in the parody account against kp. but only kp has been at the receiving end. i think kp will be refreshing to hear as an expert on tv because he never minces words and is not afraid to speak his mind.

  • landl47 on August 26, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    @Gilly4ever: as long as you're not expecting anything interesting about strategy from KP. He's like Botham- a brilliant natural cricketer who hasn't a clue about tactics.

  • getsetgopk on August 26, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Or, he may actually be all praise and glory to the ECB on mic to get his contract back, maybe this time around he will bite back ESPN Star by sending texts to the sky commentary team, who knows, the guy has a history of biting the arm that feeds him. I wouldn't be so sure yet! Waiting.

  • VillageBlacksmith on August 25, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    @randyoz.. another aussie who gives it but cant take it... the olympics was pretty good too my old china...

  • RandyOZ on August 25, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    @ VillageBlacksmith - wrong site mate, this is for cricket, a real sport, not that British Bulldog garbage they play in NZ

  • Riderstorm on August 25, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    @Taurai Mapuranga Couldn't agree more.. a balanced view among the polarized views over KP issue. He brings the X factor to the english team which they are short in supply. England might be a good team even without KP, but sure isn't as exciting without KP.

  • on August 25, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    I wonder how the ECB felt when they heard of this. ECB isnt everything, they are other ways of making money. KP made a mistake and he apologised, why then punish the fans. We watch England bcoz of the flamboyant balance KP puts in the team, now its just and outfit of patient and slow batsman (not quite what most fans likes).

  • VillageBlacksmith on August 25, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @randyoz... (yawn)... I just finished watching the pitiful glass-jawed wallabies losing 22-0 ... Here's some ''WALLABIES'' players!! Digby Ioane born NZ, Radike Samo born Fiji, Sitaleki Timani born Tonga and the current Australian wallabies captain W Genia born Papua New Guinea.. but that's nothing new.. little Georgie Gregan the previous capt was born in Zambia... And as for Kepler....

  • Ozcricketwriter on August 25, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    It will definitely be entertaining. If he bashes his teammates, we could watch all of England's problems exploited for the world to see. If he doesn't, we can watch KP walking on thin ice. Either way, it will definitely be entertaining. I know I want to watch/hear him commentate.

  • dariuscorny on August 25, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    with Pieterson in Eng squad ,Eng were ordinary ,now with Pieterson gone Eng can be considered as "minnows"..........

  • Vasilev on August 25, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    England's only hope will be sitting in the commentary box. It's all down hill now in all formats!

  • landl47 on August 25, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Another crackerjack decision by KP, to comment on the side he wants to play for. Now he faces the prospect of criticizing the players he wants to be his teammates. All he has left to do is criticize the England team's sponsors and he'll have offended everybody.

  • pie314 on August 25, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Actually, I'm not too surprised of England's treatment of Pietersen at it reeks of their treatment of Harold Larwood after Bodyline. Their fans and board tend to be an unappreciative of their match winners.

  • pie314 on August 25, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    @maddy I agree strongly. The way English fans have turned against Pietersen despite all he has done for English cricket (including Ashes 2005, T20 World Cup, Eng in Sri Lanka, 2nd Test vs SA) is appalling. Despite his disloyal actions, the way the English fans responded suggest they too share the same traits.

  • Kamranctg on August 25, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    As a topclass player, his cmnt about cricket would also be good. Welcome KP

  • RandyOZ on August 25, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    Good to hear another English voice behind the mic....oh wait!

  • dsig3 on August 25, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    Hopefully he can do some interviews with the England players. Could be a distraction for England, especially if he drops a few choice one liners about the current players. Good stuff!

  • drgonzo76 on August 24, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    The ECB taking a fine stance for future generations....that will be the day!! Its funny how short people's memories are. It makes me sick reading people's comments about how garbage KP's performances were and how he really isn't that good. His record speaks for itself. A poor tour of India and England 1-nil down to Australia next summer and the media will be wanting KP to come to the rescue. All this talk of prefering an England team getting beat but having good team spirit and in it together is utter nonsense.

  • cool2cool on August 24, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    No problem at all for 'United 11', they would find the replacement from somewhere round the globe.

  • jackthelad on August 24, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Just take a break and think. Pietersen has never been part of the England team ethos, he will only ever play for his own team, KP's XI. He's a talented batsman when he wants, but is content to float unless he needs or wants to prove a point. Get these facts inside your heads before you start talking about whether England should have stuck with him or not, eh?

  • jackthelad on August 24, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    It's good that he has an alternative career, since his cricketing life is in self-produced tatters.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on August 24, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    I bet 20 quid that after one or two shows, he will announce his retirement from this job too, saying he does not give a hoot about a presenter or two. His earlier autobiography is about how every one wronged him and what he thinks of them now. So, his new biography will have a chapter about this stint too.

  • Nutcutlet on August 24, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    @King Owl: I think what you're saying in so many words is that there is no 'Western stereotype'. And you are right, of course, just as there is no stereotype for the inhabitants of any given region of the world. Westerners (as you call them) might include Americans, Greeks, English and Swedes for example - each country with distinctive culture & not all of anglo-origin at all, because we are not all white! The only common factor is the diversity of peoples in the West! Would it be right to classify all orientals as sharing some basic similarities? Do not try to pigeonhole any of us, we are as varied as as fascinating as all the wonderful languages & cultures found on the sub-continent. It follows then that we are not like the Japanese - why should we be? We, the 'Anglos', have always punched way above our weight though, & individual enterprise has been/ is a defining characteristic of our culture. Check out the history of technology - incl. computer technology & the Internet!

  • cricraz on August 24, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    If he is not playing and just doing analysis, he still gets to spend more time with his family, because he does not have to spend time with practice and listening to Andy Flower's analysis of the game!. KP is the best English Player! more so in subcontinent conditions. England will slide in rankings in all formats before the end of the year. My guess is they will be 4th before the end of the year in all formats.

  • on August 24, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    KP should be on the inside looking out not on the outside looking in.

  • Vilander on August 24, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    what a cruel joke. KP should be playing for England.. not commentating..

  • Capt.Harry on August 24, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    In the beginning I must admit I was a KP sympathizer but the more the KP saga unfolds the more I see that KP is becoming his own worse nightmare.There is an old saying "when birds are too happy they poop in their nest". This guy has left a trail of controversies behind him starting from his South African playing days.Until KP can control his over inflated ego and realize that no player is bigger than the game then he will always find himself in acrimony and chaos.Stand firm ECB.You will be remembered and rewarded for the fine stance you took by future generations to come.

  • maddy20 on August 24, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    @Snick_To_Backward_Point The most recent match he saved for England was his last test. If not for KP you would have lost 3-0. Its a real shame that intead of acknowledging his contributions, some of these English fans take cheap potshots at those who are supporting him. As you can see there are a lot of posters vouching for his return. Agreed that he has ego issues, but last I checked nearly every great has. You cannot expect everyone to be like Rahul Dravid. I am hoping that a 4-0 drubbing in India would see the poms who are constantly mudslinging India disappear from these forums.

  • 777aditya on August 24, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    You see - worrying is a very good habit, 90% of the things you worry about never happen! Poor KP was so worried about not being a part of the T20 WC ! Who says God does not listen to our prayers? Its just that He has a wicked sense of humor! By the way, the above snap of KP says it all - To be part of the England team - worth millions of pounds, to be part of an IPL team worth billions of dollars, to be The Sheikh Chili who cuts the branch he is perched on and ends up in the commentary box to explain where he went wrong - PRICELESS !!!

  • on August 24, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Would love hearing his comments while England flounder horribly in the subcontinent without him..this is nothing but an icing on the cake!

  • on August 24, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    @Crindo77. He can make a huge bundle as Advance from any publisher, for his autobiography.

  • on August 24, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    @DingDong420. It is a question of money, honey. Wife with babes will understand.

  • Suraksh on August 24, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    @Snick_To_Backward_Point. Thats why Pietersen was named man of the tournment in T20 world cup. He is a great player who has been thrashed by Strauss and ECB. Why are you pointing your fingers at Indian cricket. We have seen the game of cricket when it was with English Cricket team. haha

  • on August 24, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Even ICC know if we put KP as our team den v r gng 2 earn profit nd it show dat how big player he is.......................

  • on August 24, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Wonder if he will be as blunt, bold and outspoken as a commentator as he is as a cricketer.

  • siddharth_r2001 on August 24, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    @DingDong420: My thoughts exactly! Shouldn't he be spending more time with his family, given that it was one of the major points he was cribbing about during the faux pas of his ODI and T20I "retirement" earlier in the summer? But I guess, after all, it IS all about the money - even if he calls a million press conferences to deny that!

  • on August 24, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Brilliant! Way to go guys..

  • just_chill_chill on August 24, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    @DingDong420 @LeeHallam -- Excellent points. Couldn't agree more with you guys (or gals :-) )

  • aurorion on August 24, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    I guess now KP will be earning more from the tournament than the players who actually made it to the England team! And he will get to stay a lot longer too, since without him the English team is not going to last long.

  • LeeHallam on August 24, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    A lot of talk in these comments about a slap in the face to ECB. I wonder if he has agreed this role with the ECB. Remember, they are his employers. Given the events of the last few weeks, if he as acted without their agreement, before the face to face talks expected with Flower and Stauss, then this could be the end for him with England.

  • on August 24, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    ALMIGHTY is GR8. Fantastic News. These wrong BiG HYPOS who are too, too CHEAPOS thinks big to themselves. One door was closed the other Opened for KP, if not as a player but as a part of ESPN STAR Sports' team of television presenters. ECB selectors and players don't yo'll think he is still a well known persona. KP I wud like to advise you that when England Team plays on the ground, blast every players attitude. Aware you career as a player is for the time being is closed. Don't worry IPL/SSPL/BBL/ is there you show these HYPOCRATES yours LOL I mean Lots of Love. KP pls OPEN YR HEART and BLAST the CHEAPOS.

  • Caje77 on August 24, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    It will be intersting if Kp does an after match interview in england matches

  • DingDong420 on August 24, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    KP, arent you going to miss your family whilst commentating on T20

  • Star_Striker on August 24, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    This is just too rich..loving every moment of it. They talk about KP chasing the limelight..but it seems as though it chases him..just when they thought they had stuck a fork in his toaster and finished him..he reappears.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on August 24, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    scottshivster "he has won more matches for England than any other cricketer in the history so far in all formats of the game." Really? and what do you base that statement on? Have you gone back through the cricket records the past 130 years and studied every player to form that conclusion or is it just more hot air from another poster? KP has also LOST matches many times for England IMO - the guy is a talent but doesnt have the sense to rein in his attacking aggressive nature when the team really needs it. He's not a team player and stabbing your captain who;s stood by you through thick and thin in the back requires a robust response. Many of the rants against the ECB and Eng from mostly Indian supporters seem to suggest they like the qualities of selfishness, flippancy, ego and disloyalty. Yup -the game of cricket is in great hands!!!

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on August 24, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Well, the bank balance needed topping up somehow I guess....

  • Samar_Singh on August 24, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    KP is a great player and ECB cannot treat him like this.. But still happy to see him in the commentary team .. Good Luck ..

  • on August 24, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    @ davidpk guess you're absolutely right. After all so much of dirty linen still needs to be washed in public.lol

  • on August 24, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    I wish KP was a centipede - would be nice to see how many feet he can get into his mouth.

  • SanjivAwesome on August 24, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    I predict that the English team will get knocked out pretty early in the tournament. I will follow up this post as the tournament progresses.

  • V.Jammy on August 24, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    What a Switch-hit it is! Finally KP's also gonna fly to Srilanka to perform in T20I World Cup. Only difference is that he will be Switching over to the other side of screen! Dropping KP from your team means dropping 50% of your Power & ability! But now I feel sorry for the other fellow commentators, who might not be able to discuss the latest & hottest topic of KP during the tournament, because he will also be in their team :P

  • KingOwl on August 24, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    This is a good lesson about English culture. We talk about Western culture being very individualistic where one is encouraged to shine above the rest. But I have always felt that English culture is more like Japanese culture - they knock stars down. They do not want anybody to shine above the rest. I am not being critical of that. But the generalizations we see in the literature about 'Western' culture are far from accurate. There is nothing called a uniform 'West'. Westerners are all very different from each other, even though they may all be from an Anglo lineage.

  • Nutcutlet on August 24, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    You want a recipe for yet more heat & controversy? Just stick a mic in front of KP & let him commentate on the England team! He is not known for his well considered utterances and has been given ample opportunity to make some more gaffes; you might as well give a six year-old a box of matches! This means that he has no intention of signing an ECB central contract next month, if, indeed, he was going to be offered one. His England career is over and the texts must have been deleted. We can all draw an obvious conclusion about what the contents were, but none of that matters now. He has the world as his oyster, but is there anything of lasting worth inside it?

  • sadukate on August 24, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    KP is a great player.so as a srilankan i would happy 2 see him with england team at world T20

  • Hira1 on August 24, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    @Ravi_Bopara I was still hoping that if talks goes well next week than Pietersen still have a chance to join T20 squad as then surely some one is going to get injured or Bopara withdrawal last moment due to personal reason...but since now ESPN star is paying KP for the job and he is kind of ambassador for them its difficult now to switch the role as a player at the last moment...still we keep our finger crossed and hope for the best

  • scottshivster on August 24, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Kevin is in line to become true heir of Tony Greig's legecy in the English dressing room. they can love him or hate him but will never be able to ignore him - way too talanted a cricketer for them - he has won more matches for England than any other cricketer in the history so far in all formats of the game.

  • on August 24, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    This is awesome. Would love to watch KP wield the MIC and hopefully take a dig at the ECB. Instead of resolving things with him, ECB is only digging a gaping hole for the Brit Cricketers to fall into. GO KP!!

  • on August 24, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    So KP gets another chance to take it on with his team mates...I dont think he ll use this chance to regain his place in team...It is a sure bet he ll come hard on ECB for not considering him after his public apology..

  • Hira1 on August 24, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    I am so glad for KP, certainly its a morale booster for him and a slap on ECB and Strauss face. I am sure KP have more media support now on his issues with ECB and soon will see him back on the field.

  • pdsina on August 24, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    I want KP to play full IPL and never play for England again and it is good for Delhi daredevils. ECB will never break one rule for everyone policy.

    PDS

  • bumsonseats on August 24, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    i feel it will be a butter wont melt in my mouth KP. he will keep himself in check i guess till england finally do get rid of him. then the book will arrive.

  • RAVI_BOPARA on August 24, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    THIS IS PIETERSENS ONLY WAY TO GET BACK IN THE T20 WORLD CUP SQUAD... IF AN ENGLAND PLAYER GETS INJURED AND SENT HOME, PIETERSEN WILL AUTOMATICALLY GET SELECTED AS REPLACEMENT BECAUSE HE WILL ALREADY BE THERE COMMENTATING!!!!!

  • fan2011 on August 24, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    As a Sri lankan we would like to take this moment to thank the ECB and Andrew Strauss for your service. Now without Pietersen English Cricket Team is a mere threat as a Bangladesh Team with Mohamed Ashraful on it..

    ECB knocked out second round, assuming they make it pass the qualifier 2.

  • on August 24, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Hahaha! Now if you ever wanted a twist of controversy and a trollface to follow, the ECB just got reverse-trolled! Extremely brave move by ESS* to recruit Pietersen on their team, but given the circumstances this will be an excellent start for Pietersen's future after cricket. My guess is the ICC wasn't pleased with the ECB's decision to leave him out of the tournament so they got him in this way. It's going to be spicy and it'll be a great spectacle. Just remember, it's the ECB that's the biggest loser out of all of this. Haters are going to hate of course, but this should force the ECB to stop being slow and actually take the steps required to reach an amnesty more seriously. I for one wish KP the best of luck in his stint here, but it's still a shame we as England fans can't see him bat just yet.

  • KricketWicket on August 24, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    If they had known this would happen, wonder if Flower and Broad would rather have had him in the side, instead of in the comm box. Now there is a real danger that he washes the dirty laundry in public. And, what does this mean for his central contract? Looks like Kev knows his England days are over. Would he not have had to take the ECB/Flower's permission before accepting this commentary offer? I wonder if he called Flower to check?

  • UdayP on August 24, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    When he should have spent some time away from the limelight to show that he actually regretted what he did, Pietersen chooses to do what he always has done - chase it instead! Having said that, if Pietersen had to criticise the England players because they have actually had a bad game, it will probably come over as sour grapes rather than constructive criticism.

  • indiasupbangalore on August 24, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    would love to hear him on air, kp brings in lot of charisma whereever he goes, can india give him citizenship he asks for one, would love to have in indian team any day.

  • Tahir_Anjum on August 24, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Very bad decision by England not picking him for T20 WC as he is very destructive player and can play very good in subcontinent.. Surely they will miss him and can not defend title without Him..

  • on August 24, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    KP please come back cricketing ground... we don't wanna see you as commentator.

  • A_N_I on August 24, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Pietersen, Please come to India and get Indian Citizenship. We will send you in our T20 team. Strange England fans havent put the ECB, Flower & Strauss to task. Do something like that with Tendulkar in India, the entire board will get sacked or ransacked.

  • edgie on August 24, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    suppose that was the only way he was goign to get involved in the T20 World Cup. Wonder if he will win the "Presenter of the Tournament" award...

  • on August 24, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    I hope you guys come up with a 'Text KP' pre-match feature for the T20 WC where viewers can ask KP for his analysis about English players. That will be a huge hit :)

  • loudmouth on August 24, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Hilarious! KP might be getting the last laugh on the mic! Maybe he could read out a series of texts between himself and the SA team. Not sure how enamoured the ECB will be if he starts dropping snarky comments though. This could be the beginning of the end for KP with England. Not necessarily a bad thing for a multi millionaire cricketer who wants to play IPL and spend more time with his family....

  • vswami on August 24, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    England just cant seem to get rid of him. He keeps coming back to haunt them.

  • on August 24, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Oh no! If any further opportunity were needed for KP to hammer in the final nail in the coffin of his international career, this is it. Unlike many others, I think KP has an excellent cricket brain & is more than capable of providing articulate & insightful analyses of what happens on the field of play, but will he able to resist sniping at his team-mates? I sincerely hope he'll prove me wrong by taking the opportunity to ingratiate himself with Andy Flower & his team-mates by being generous & magnanimous in his appraisals of England's performances, but I rather fear he may do precisely the opposite.

  • Baundele on August 24, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    It is a real shame. KP is not losing any money; but ECB and cricket fans are the losers.

  • HawK89 on August 24, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    I don't want to hear him talk, I want to see him hit the bowlers over their head for SIX. Pietersen can score more runs in a T20 match than Strauss in the Test series against south africa.

  • crindo77 on August 24, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Uh oh ho; Broad and co better get ready. And a spicy autobiography may not be far benind. Well he HAS played more n better cricket than Swann, and has a lot to tell. Not up there with Prince Harry yet, but give him time. Mmmmm; can't wait.

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  • crindo77 on August 24, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Uh oh ho; Broad and co better get ready. And a spicy autobiography may not be far benind. Well he HAS played more n better cricket than Swann, and has a lot to tell. Not up there with Prince Harry yet, but give him time. Mmmmm; can't wait.

  • HawK89 on August 24, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    I don't want to hear him talk, I want to see him hit the bowlers over their head for SIX. Pietersen can score more runs in a T20 match than Strauss in the Test series against south africa.

  • Baundele on August 24, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    It is a real shame. KP is not losing any money; but ECB and cricket fans are the losers.

  • on August 24, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Oh no! If any further opportunity were needed for KP to hammer in the final nail in the coffin of his international career, this is it. Unlike many others, I think KP has an excellent cricket brain & is more than capable of providing articulate & insightful analyses of what happens on the field of play, but will he able to resist sniping at his team-mates? I sincerely hope he'll prove me wrong by taking the opportunity to ingratiate himself with Andy Flower & his team-mates by being generous & magnanimous in his appraisals of England's performances, but I rather fear he may do precisely the opposite.

  • vswami on August 24, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    England just cant seem to get rid of him. He keeps coming back to haunt them.

  • loudmouth on August 24, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    Hilarious! KP might be getting the last laugh on the mic! Maybe he could read out a series of texts between himself and the SA team. Not sure how enamoured the ECB will be if he starts dropping snarky comments though. This could be the beginning of the end for KP with England. Not necessarily a bad thing for a multi millionaire cricketer who wants to play IPL and spend more time with his family....

  • on August 24, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    I hope you guys come up with a 'Text KP' pre-match feature for the T20 WC where viewers can ask KP for his analysis about English players. That will be a huge hit :)

  • edgie on August 24, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    suppose that was the only way he was goign to get involved in the T20 World Cup. Wonder if he will win the "Presenter of the Tournament" award...

  • A_N_I on August 24, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Pietersen, Please come to India and get Indian Citizenship. We will send you in our T20 team. Strange England fans havent put the ECB, Flower & Strauss to task. Do something like that with Tendulkar in India, the entire board will get sacked or ransacked.

  • on August 24, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    KP please come back cricketing ground... we don't wanna see you as commentator.