Published: April 5, 2020 2:38:12 pm
Former England captain Andrew Strauss admitted that he didn’t handle Kevin Pietersen well during his time on the helm because the flamboyant batsman ought to have been given some house regardless of not precisely adhering to the workforce ethos.
However, Strauss maintained that whereas he understands why IPL is important for gamers, he nonetheless doesn’t agree that one ought to play the cash-rich Indian Premier League on the value of Test cricket as it could set a harmful precedent.
Strauss and Pietersen had a serious fallout as a consequence of their distinction of opinion as regards to ECB coverage on IPL.
“I always had sympathy with KP over the IPL,” Strauss stated on a Sky Sports podcast.
“I understood what a big event it was with all the best players playing there together and huge amounts of money on the table as well.”
It should be talked about that when Strauss grew to become ECB’s ‘Director of Cricket’ he created a window for England gamers to play IPL, one thing Pietersen advocated for the longest time.
“Long term my view was that we had to find a window for the IPL. I told the ECB we couldn’t compete against each other as it is going to create massive issues within our team.”
“But I thought it was incredibly dangerous to allow players to miss Test cricket to play in the IPL. The message you’d be sending and the precedent you’d be setting is that the IPL is more important than Test cricket,” he added.
Strauss stated that he repeatedly tried to make Pietersen conscious why Test cricket is extra essential.
“I was saying to KP at the time, ‘listen, mate, this is the situation. You can’t opt in or out of international cricket. You’ve got obligations to England and hopefully there are gaps where you can play in the IPL as well’.”
After being dropped for good in 2014-15, Pietersen had hit out at some of his teammates like Matt Prior and Stuart Broad in his autobiography, which additionally included criticism of Strauss for not supporting him.
In hindsight, Strauss feels he may have lower somewhat slack with the maverick batsman.
“I think instead I just let KP be KP. In retrospect that was a mistake and might have sowed the seeds for what was to come down the track,” Strauss admitted.
Strauss made it clear that Pietersen wasn’t precisely the team-man but the England dressing room ought to have been extra accepting.
“I don’t think he would have been in the engine-room of the team in that sense but I’ve always felt a good team environment embraces difference and finds a space for everyone. I think we did that for large periods of time but possibly through neglect, KP became increasingly isolated,” Strauss stated.
“Often KP wanted to be the guy who was slightly separate from the team. On any given day it didn’t feel like an issue but over time it became an issue.”
Some of the controversies associated to Pietersen included sending textual content messages to South African gamers through the 2012 Test sequence between the 2 sides and allegedly insulting Strauss in them.
He was dropped after the ‘Text-gate’ scandal and though he was later introduced again into the aspect, Pietersen’s England profession got here to an finish after the 2013-14 Ashes after Alastair Cook’s aspect had misplaced 5-0.
“Would I do things massively differently if I had my time again? Probably not. The worst thing you can do for players like KP is to straitjacket them and say ‘you have to abide by x, y and z. You can’t go and play in a flamboyant way, you have to grind it out like Jonathan Trott’.”
“Effectively you’d be asking him to be someone he’s not, so you had to cut him some slack and allow him to be himself.”
“At occasions, although, what labored for KP nearly undermined what the workforce was making an attempt to do. It felt like there have been two utterly separate agendas there and that grew to become an issue for me, the remaining of the workforce and [then head coach] Andy Flower.
“We were all tired, emotional and had spent so much time in each other’s pockets. Probably if we had a bit more space to think clearly it might not have got to that stage and we might have managed it better.”
But Strauss doesn’t have any regrets for the reprimands that the trendy batsman bought for his alleged off-field misdemeanours.
“But I don’t look back and think ‘we were wrong to call KP out over some of the things he did’. I think we had to do that.”
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