February 5, 2014

'Ultimately Kevin Pietersen found himself friendless'

ESPNcricinfo staff
The cricket world reacts to the ECB ending Kevin Pietersen's England career

"They've distanced him - he fielded at fine-leg for the whole [Australia] series. I thought he could have been managed in a better way. England lost 5-0 and need a huge scapegoat. He didn't have a great series, by his own record, but the ECB need to explain what he does that they can't manage any longer. You have to be able to manage mavericks. You can't have clones around."
Former England captain Michael Vaughan

"He was quite outstanding. Many people enjoyed watching him bat - a box-office cricketer - and now sadly it has all come to an end. When we were winning, we didn't hear anything. When we lose, everyone is pointing fingers at KP - and I find that unfair and unjust."
Former England captain Alec Stewart

"[Alastair] Cook and [Andy] Flower haven't been able to manage him and have to accept some responsibility. He was an individual; I was one [as well]. You can be an individual within the team but not an individual full stop - take it or leave it. They've taken it for long enough and now they've said they'll leave it."
Former England batsman Geoff Boycott

"It's time to move on. A line in the sand has been drawn. Captains and team directors have all suffered because of Pietersen's behaviour. No man is bigger than the game and England have decided Kevin Pietersen got too big for his boots."
Former England bowler Bob Willis

"It's a bold move when you go without one of your best players … so there must have been things that were happening behind the scenes that Flower and Cook weren't amused with."
Nasser Hussain, the former England captain

"It was coming, I think. There was a unanimity of views there from the people that count, so ultimately I think Kevin Pietersen found himself friendless. He had no allies amongst the management, the hierarchy and the senior players as well because Paul Downton [the new ECB director] would have been taking soundings from them at the end of the Ashes tour. It was a pretty horrific Ashes tour and there have been a few victims along the way, but I think he just found himself friendless and with no allies."
Michael Atherton, the former England captain

"Can't believe what I'm hearing and reading tonight! Sad day for English cricket fans, Love or hate him, KP is still the best player we've got! The only people who are losing in this whole situation is the England fans! [Giles] Clarke statement yesterday and this today shows poor management!
Steve Harmison, the former England fast bowler on Twitter

"No KP for the Caribbean tour later this month against West Indies? That's really sad for English/international cricket! Don't let the fans suffer. Was really looking for the hype of having KP in the Caribbean, would be big tickets sales for us. #Sad - Learn to MANAGE Big Names!"
West Indies batsman Chris Gayle on Twitter

"That's a big call regarding a big player, a big-ticket item. He is a guy who believes in his own ability as much as anyone I've ever come across and he outwardly expresses that unashamedly. That does divide opinion. Some people think that's too brash and too arrogant and it's not the way you go about being in a team sport. For me it's a personality better suited to an individual sport, [but] there is a lot of those qualities and traits required in cricket."
Adam Gilchrist, the former Australia wicketkeeper

"KP no longer English property but will remain hot property on the T20 circuit around the world. #IPL #CPL #BBL #RAMSLAM to mention a few!"
Tom Moody, the former Australia allrounder, on Twitter

"Can't believe what's happening with KP! Stay strong boss!"
West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan on Twitter

"I think he is [a loss to international cricket], he was their highest run-scorer, a world-class player, but we don't know what goes on behind closed doors and in their camp, so we can't talk on their behalf ... I know through playing with KP at Delhi, he likes to encourage the other guys coming through. His door's always open if you want to ask him a question, or if you need to work out a plan for the next game, say you're playing Malinga and you're a young kid, he'll give you advice on how to approach that. He's always been helpful to me."
Australia batsman David Warner

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  • Android on February 7, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    when i frist saw this news about kp i can't believed my eye. becous kp is the best t20 plyer.

  • Daniel on February 5, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    okay, so NZ gets a 4-0 victory and appearantly strike form out of nowhere against India, INDIA. Bangladesh got to keep the hosting of the asia cup. so i am guessing at the end of the day, each one of the members will get some sort of a uhm, whats the word I am looking for(going to look for it on indeigogo right now, wait), PERKS!, so each one of the full members get their fair share and give a go ahead to the big three proposal. So by the way things have been going, the proposal itself has already been put into effect, before being made official. Ultimately, this is leading towards cricket being a very comercialized sport, similar to the NBA, where things HAVE to be staged to deliver what the fans that pay want! Oh, I am such an excellent analyst of cricket. =)

  • James on February 5, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    Reading the comments, it's interesting to see that those personalitites who are a bit more eccentric, different or even arrogant themselves - such as Vaughan, Gayle, Harmison and Boycott - are in full support of KP, while the more traditional, dour guys - like Atherton, Willis and Hussain - seem to be backing the decision. I think that says it all.

    England appear to have this weird mould that its players are expected to fit. If they don't, the ECB doesn't know how to handle them. KP might have been a pain in the neck at times but that's not a reason to drop someone, especially when they are clearly still trying to give their all for the cause. You have to wonder what sort of careers guys like Shane Warne, Brian Lara or Jeff Thompson would have had if they'd played for England. I suspect they would have found themselves in the same boat eventually.

  • AB on February 5, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    in school one is punished, so other dont commit same mistake. is this the example for Eng11 or new players to behave properly with ECB ??

  • Mohammed on February 5, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    He is the certainly the best current English batsman, a great player with outstanding ability. This is not the way you treat your senior, best players. The Ashes lose was more so due to Flower, Cook, The ECB management and the team not working well enough under Cook's captaincy. It was not only Pietersen fault. English cricket needed Pietersen. Who one earth is going to replace him?. The changes that should have been made are: -Flower should have been fired (which has been done) -Cook should have been replaced as Captain - The ECB management should have been changed. -Graham Onions and Nick Compton should be in the team.

  • Jay on February 5, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Sod the ECB and their horde of 'YES' robots. KP was a genius and obviously they couldn't handle him. He was a HUMAN being and not some android or robotic entity that was supposed to behave according to a set of directives. Fine, if his 'behaviour' was that bad, can you kindly come out in front of the world and say what was so bad ? How about some transparency hmm ? I care less. As a non-English cricket lover, I am more than happy to see England go down the drain. It was KP that made a force to be reckoned with. Without KP, they will be back where they belong - no.8 or 9 in the ICC rankings.

  • thomas on February 5, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    So everyone excluding current English Cricketers like him. He was very popular with fans and could pull in audience which cannot be said of single other current english cricketer. So let us sack him who needs audience let us get couple more Cooks and Trotts or maybe we can watch paint dry...:(

  • Clifford on February 5, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    The hypocrisy is shameful. Punters love the personalities. We identify with them easier. Bob Willis and Boycott have never had a fan base because they were BORING! Can you imagine if McEnroe was an English cricketer. He'd be sent packing, despite his ability. Who cares? Sportsmen are entertainers and not role models. KP was an electrifying Freddie Mercury type and we loved him for it! Jesus was he good!

  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Hopefully Michael Clarke is next.. cant wait to see the back of him, simply CANNOT wait.

  • ESPN on February 5, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Ecb I request please do allow him to play test. We have lost sehwag, we can't lose u. U both changed the history of how test matches can be more interesting. It's gonna be old school again. Make a deal with bcci we have many slots open.

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