The Kevin Pietersen Saga

January 9, 2009

Former English captain Kevin Pietersen resigned from the captaincy just yesterday. His resignation, which was earlier seen as a fall-out of the team’s recent poor performances, later was associated to a sort of a power struggle between Kevin and main coach Peter Moores.

Kevin Pietersen

“In light of recent communications with the ECB, and the unfortunate media stories and speculation that have subsequently appeared, I now consider that it would be extremely difficult for me to continue in my current position with the England team.”

“Accordingly, I have as of this afternoon decided to stand down as England captain with immediate effect.”

Now, Pietersen is a highly acclaimed cricketer in England and fact that he’s been unhappy with the coach, definitely points to something. May be it’s one of the reasons of the loss of both Test and One-Day series to India. The English Board took a cue and they showed the exit to the coach.

“With regard to Peter Moores, the board determined that he should relinquish his role as England team director. I have the greatest respect for the dignity which Peter Moores has shown in recent days when he has found himself under extreme pressure. The ECB wish him well in his future roles.”

The English team have to tour West Indies in a few days and it is only unfortunate that such events have come in light at this crucial time. Andrew Strauss has been appointed as the captain for the meanwhile.

Kevin, who was holidaying in South Africa, flied back to the country today and we are sure to be receiving more updates on his possible exclusion from the team. Some quarters are of the view that he had ‘misjudged the extension of his power’ and should be brought to questioning.

It should be noted that Pieterson, 28, has no good experience of leading a cricketing side. He was made the captain in difficult circumstances when Mark Vaughn left the place empty a year ago. The criteria chosen was certainly not based on seniority, but performance.

“The way he has gone about this has been counter-productive, and he has presented England with a massive problem,” Ex-England batsman Graham Thorpe said.

One more aspect to this story is that Kevin can play the full six-week season of the cash-rich Indian premiere League (IPL), if he were to sit out for the upcoming Test Series. This means that franchises will be fighting it out with each other to get the charismatic fast-playing batsman and to blow their $2m mark.

He is already under talks with Bangalore-based Royal Challengers.


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