Andrew Strauss Admits Poor Handling of Kevin Pietersen Saga

Former England captain Andrew Strauss admitted that he did not deal with Kevin Pietersen effectively throughout his time on the helm because the flamboyant batsman ought to have been given some area regardless of not precisely adhering to the group ethos.

Nevertheless, Strauss maintained that whereas he understands why IPL is important for gamers, he nonetheless does not agree that one ought to play the cash-rich Indian Premier League at the price of Take a look at cricket as it could set a harmful precedent.

Strauss and Pietersen had a significant fallout because of their distinction of opinion with reference to ECB coverage on IPL.

“I all the time had sympathy with KP over the IPL,” Strauss stated on a Sky Sports activities podcast.

“I understood what a giant occasion it was with all the most effective gamers taking part in there collectively and large quantities of cash on the desk as effectively.”

It have to 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 run my view was that we needed to discover a window for the IPL. I advised the ECB we could not compete in opposition to one another as it’s going to create huge points inside our group.”

“However I assumed it was extremely harmful to permit gamers to overlook Take a look at cricket to play within the IPL. The message you would be sending and the precedent you would be setting is that the IPL is extra essential than Take a look at cricket,” he added.

Strauss stated that he repeatedly tried to make Pietersen conscious why Take a look at cricket is extra essential.

“I used to be saying to KP on the time, ‘pay attention, mate, that is the state of affairs. You may’t decide in or out of worldwide cricket. You’ve got bought obligations to England and hopefully there are gaps the place you may play within the IPL as effectively’.”

After being dropped for good in 2014-15, Pietersen had hit out at a few 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 slightly slack with the maverick batsman.

“I believe as a substitute I simply let KP be KP. Looking back that was a mistake and might need sowed the seeds for what was to come back down the observe,” Strauss admitted.

Strauss made it clear that Pietersen wasn’t precisely the team-man however the England dressing room ought to have been extra accepting.

“I do not assume he would have been within the engine-room of the group in that sense however I’ve all the time felt a great group atmosphere embraces distinction and finds an area for everybody. I believe we did that for giant durations of time however probably via neglect, KP grew to become more and more remoted,” Strauss stated.

“Typically KP wished to be the man who was barely separate from the group. On any given day it did not really feel like a difficulty however over time it grew to become a difficulty.”

A number of the controversies associated to Pietersen included sending textual content messages to South African gamers through the 2012 Take a look at sequence between the 2 sides and allegedly insulting Strauss in them.

He was dropped after the ‘Textual content-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 Prepare dinner’s aspect had misplaced 5-0.

“Would I do issues massively in a different way if I had my time once more? Most likely not. The worst factor you are able to do for gamers like KP is to straitjacket them and say ‘you must abide by x, y and z. You may’t go and play in a flamboyant method, you must grind it out like Jonathan Trott’.”

“Successfully you would be asking him to be somebody he is not, so that you needed to lower him some slack and permit him to be himself.”

“At occasions, although, what labored for KP virtually undermined what the group was making an attempt to do. It felt like there have been two fully separate agendas there and that grew to become an issue for me, the remainder of the group and [then head coach] Andy Flower.

“We had been all drained, emotional and had spent a lot time in one another’s pockets. Most likely if we had a bit more room to assume clearly it won’t have gotten to that stage and we’d have managed it higher.”

However Strauss does not have any regrets for the reprimands that the trendy batsman bought for his alleged off-field misdemeanours.

“However I do not look again and assume ‘we had been improper to name KP out over a few of the issues he did’. I believe we had to try this.”


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