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England's schedule 'ridiculous' - Pietersen

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 31, 2011

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England batsman Kevin Pietersen has termed his side's hectic schedule leading up to the World Cup as 'ridiculous'. England will leave for the World Cup in the subcontinent just three days after their ongoing tour of Australia, which began in October last year.

"Our schedule is ridiculous going into this World Cup," Pietersen told PA. "It has been for England teams for a very long time, and that's probably why England have not done well in World Cups."

Pietersen also criticised the format of the six-week long tournament, saying the gaps between matches were too long. "How can the England team play once and then in six days' time play again, and then in six days' time play again," he asked. "It's ridiculous but there's nothing we can do about the schedules. I wouldn't say we're going to be knackered because it's going to be the World Cup, and we all want to win this World Cup."

Despite being unimpressed with the itinerary, Pietersen felt that England had a good chance of following up their maiden ICC title victory in last year's World Twenty20 with their first World Cup triumph. England have shown vast improvement in the limited-overs format in the last two years, winning nine of their previous ten bilateral ODI series before losing steam early to concede the ongoing seven-match ODI series against Australia.

Pietersen credited England's resurgence to enhanced skills in all departments of their game. "The batsmen have improved, the fielding is top-notch, our catching is incredible, our bowling is so skilful. I just think our skill levels are really, really good."

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Comments: 151 
Posted by swingduck on (February 3, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

Whinge, whinge, whinge. What a wussy.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

I belive KP is absolutely correct. England are going to play their last ODI on the australian soil just 2 weeks prior to the WC. In my opinion, their down under tour should have been over by 15th Jan. This would have allowed players to be with their families.

Posted by deepakniit on (February 2, 2011, 11:44 GMT)

what a foolish thought by kp!

Posted by Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on (February 2, 2011, 6:32 GMT)

i really don't understand why KP does this stuff... if it was so ridiculous why didn't he suggest earlier that certain key players should be let off from the Aussie ODI tourney. Ofcourse he's right about England having to play australia til the very last moment before WC, but so will be Aussies, and SL, and pakistan and NZ.,... whats the big deal?

Posted by Meety on (February 1, 2011, 22:23 GMT)

@ 5wombats re: rooboy & crowds - if Bangladesh played Oz on Boxing Day in Melbourne 50,000 vics would turn up. Oz v England is a marquee event for Aust & Eng - however Indians would rather get of bed to watch their country against Oz, Sth Africa & pakistan. England's appeal is NOT universal. If the players were so concerned about schedules, they can opt out of certain formats. Punter opted out of T20s several yrs ago, Pup has now. Anyways regardless of whether KP is right or not, this is a very damaging statement to be making at this point of the WC campaign. England appear to be beaten before they even arrive in India.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2011, 17:47 GMT)

KP must be out of his mind. He says he wants rest and on d contrary he says there is a large gap between d matches. If they really want rest, they can use this gap for their preparations and/or take rest. In a big even like WC these gaps are very commons.

Posted by rumcork69 on (February 1, 2011, 17:24 GMT)

Mr Kevin Pietersen, if you are tired then ask for time off, there are other guys in the in county cricket setup, who can fill your shoes because the little cameos are not justifying your place on the team. ECB needs to stamp out these stupid outbursts, they can change attitude of the team from positive and attacking to negative cricket.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2011, 14:14 GMT)

the schedule has been out for a long time, why is he complaining now???

Posted by concerned_cricketer on (February 1, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

What is Kevin Pietersen on about? Does he want more time to rest or less time to rest? Make up your mind one way or the other KP. What is ridiculous is how you became so tired with hardly any time spent in the middle. It must be all that incessant walking between the pavilion and the pitch, eh?!

Posted by Saqib_Sheraz on (February 1, 2011, 11:27 GMT)

ICC is full of shitty peoples. They just learning, how to make money. they are not doing in benefit of cricket but for themselves.

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