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February 6, 2014

Can someone explain KP's sacking to me?

Harriet Marlow

Kevin Pietersen had to battle illness during his innings, Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 1st day, December 26, 2013
Perhaps when we weren't watching, he may have done something that is truly deserving of a spectacular sacking and international exile. © Getty Images

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a national cricket board in possession of no Ashes, no trophy and no hope, must be in want of a scapegoat. This truth is very well entrenched in the minds of those entrusted with the well-being of English cricket (much in the same way one might entrust a budgerigar to a particularly peckish lion). Presumably there was some kind of logic behind the conclusion that the removal of the England team's best batsman would somehow increase the number of runs scored per innings, but on a scale of one to stupid this would seemingly rank somewhere below "insane troll logic".

Think of it like that person who always declares that it wasn't their fault that their car left lots of lovely red paint all over your bumper. It was your fault for having a car that mysteriously moved into their perfectly accurate reversing trajectory whilst you were parked up and shopping about half a mile away. The ECB have declared KP 'unmanageable". There is, of course, no question that the management skills of those who tried may simply not have been very good.

It's the silliest thing the ECB has done in a long time. And mind you, this is a committee that once attempted to eject its best batsman of the time for wearing the wrong-coloured socks.

Of course, despite all of the various, curiously vague aspersions cast on Kevin Pietersen by the England management, we do not appear to be any the wiser on the issue of what exactly he has done to make himself "unmanageable". Unless I blinked and missed the Tiger Moth biplane loop-the-looping over the wicket at Adelaide (of course, I may have been too busy sobbing into my Horlicks to notice) it would appear that KP, rather than being rapscallion usurper of all means of aviation law or footwear colour-pallette legislation, is guilty of some mysterious crime to which we are not yet privy.

That said, we must continue to believe that whatever KP has done is truly deserving of a spectacular sacking and international exile. If we didn't believe that, we might start wondering if English cricket is run by a collection of selfishly-motivated people without a shred of concern for the fans of the game or ethics in general.

And then where would we be?

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

to be honest, COOK should have been the one to go. He was simply not good enough. The whole management and selection team should also be the ones to go, for leaving out compton and onions, and selecting some serious onions like in the last test of both ashes series.

Posted by Nicholas on (February 10, 2014, 1:12 GMT)

'...His form had been slowly declining and his run output did not demand his retention...' .... So, bye-bye Cookie!!

Posted by Zac on (February 9, 2014, 11:01 GMT)

I don't get why it doesn't make sense. His average had been falling steadily for years, emphasized by his failure in the most recent drubbing of the English side, and his behavior did not meet the standards set by English management. You may argue that their management efforts were not up to scratch, but this is not the first time Kevin has had a documented misunderstanding with the captain and coach, whereas there have been no major complaints from the other members of the team.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 9, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

@James Hiller, KP scored the most runs for England in the series down under. By that logic, why don't you sack the rest of the batsmen while you're at it? I'm sure if KP stuck around for the limited-overs bashing he would've scored a few more runs and none of this would've happened.

Also, I agree with everyone else, excellent writing Harriet.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 8, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Ever since I started following international cricket; English team has never achieved anything big with domination. And whatever it has achieved, KP was involved everywhere. Be it KP's inning in 20-20 final, his century in bringing ashes to England, his century in India to win test series in India, and few more. England all success has come with (/brought by) none other than KP. Sad to see a legend going like this. On one side English media has been very blabbering for their minor achievement, in this case they are spoon fed with cooked facts. If anyone was to be sacked, I would name Andy Flower and Gooch. Andy had lost motivation and energy and looked like a lost man at the end of 3rd day in Ashes, Gooch failed to bring any improvisation in team's batting. Overall, a big loss for cricket fans. I won't mind if KP goes back to Ireland to serve cricket for some more time. I would also love to see KP donning RSA cricket. That would be a fitting reply to ECB.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 8, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Nicely written, agree with you completely. You should consider cricket writing as a profession.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 8, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

well if you make this a reason to sack a player beacuse he is not performing well ... so this is terrifying ... KP is a class player he needs to regain some confidence and just one good inning to get back in the form. The England's debacle in the ODI's and T20's showed us the importance of KP ..

Posted by Fahmim on (February 8, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

You could do this for a living, Harriet. Fantastic writing.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 8, 2014, 0:23 GMT)

Kevin Pietersen has been one of the best England players. If he has done something so bad we should know about it. Otherwise there are plenty of players in the England line up who should be worried about their places in the side.

Hope to see KP playing for England soon.

Posted by ESPN on (February 7, 2014, 12:23 GMT)

KP was sacked because he managed to get himself with both the Captain and the Coach and they concluded they would rather win or lose without him or with him . Statistics show his form had been slowly declining and his run output did not demand his retention

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