Kevin Pietersen Sacked

It’s been confirmed in the last few hours that Kevin Pietersen has been sacked as England cricket captain. If not sacked then he has resigned from the position. The reports on BBC News and Cricinfo both point to the fact that the ECB have not yet made an official announcement regarding his departure but, to my mind, there’s no doubt that KP has been told that he’s no longer the man for the job.

Cricinfo suggest that he may have tendered his resignation

…Kevin Pietersen, and the coach Peter Moores, after a dramatic day in which both men are believed to have tendered their resignation…it appeared that Pietersen had taken his future into his own hands, and handed back the role he took on from Michael Vaughan barely five months ago…

but I’m more of the opinion suggested by the Mihir Bose on the BBC site

Pietersen gave an ultimatum to the ECB saying ‘sack the coach or I go’…The ECB has said ‘we value you as captain but we don’t take dictation from you’. So they accepted his ultimatum and he has suffered.

This is further compounded by Pietersen being “not in a fit state to talk” when interviewed by Sky News.

Whether he jumped or was pushed, this whole sorry state of affairs is likely to have longer term repercussions on Englands build up for this summers Ashes series. I voiced my concerns back in August when Michael Vaughan stepped down as England captain

Give KP the job and we lose our best batsman. He is simply not captain material and, even if he were, would you risk your one world class player when there are better contenders out there?

Having given him the job and then taken it away again, I can see this affecting his performances on the field. Add to that the suggestion that he wasn’t a popular captain with some of the team, I wonder just how much damage has been done.

As Thomas said in his post yesterday

Neither Moores, nor Pietersen for that matter are bigger than the team as a whole. KP may think that he is and that may have been what caused these problems in the first place.

Whether right or wrong, the actions of Pietersen and Moores have now created a major problem in the England dressing room and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.

The 2009 Ashes series is only a few months away. With KP likely to suffer a dip in form and with the inevitable dismissal of Peter Moores, we’re going to be going into the Ashes badly prepared. Talk of Ashley Giles taking over as temporary coach fills me with dread and Andrew Strauss as captain? Well let’s just rewind a few short months and remember that the guy was struggling to get a game at international level.

Australia, having been punished by both India and South Africa, were looking like arriving in England in a state of flux. Calls for the return of Shane Warne show just what a desperate situation they find themselves in. England being England have managed to do a Spinal Tap and turned the chaos up to 11.

As Graham Gooch said on 5 Live, “it’s an unholy mess at the moment” and if the track record of the ECB is anything to go by, it’s only going to get a lot worse.

UPDATE: So according to the official press conference, Pietersen resigned from his position and it was Moores that was sacked.

Oh really? Why don’t I believe that? Why do I think that the ECB have pandered to KP and allowed him to say that he jumped and wasn’t pushed? Let’s face it, his agent would find it tougher to negotiate future lucrative marketing deals for a sacked England captain, wouldn’t he? Much easier to push the face of a man who tendered his resignation for the good of the team, eh?

Pietersen lets the cat out of the bag himself in his official statement:

Contrary to media speculation, I wish to make it very clear that I did not resign as captain of the England cricket team this morning…

So, you were sacked then, Kev?

…but 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

Oh? So those unfortunate media stories weren’t around before this morning then?

In my opinion Pietersen was sacked and the ECB, after lengthy negotiations with his representatives, have agreed to cover it up and say he walked.

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7 comments so far

  1. Mike

    Tom Fordyce in his latest blog post sums it up brilliantly:

    There’s something terribly English about the whole sorry shaboodle…Other countries lose their head coach. Others lose captains. It’s to be expected. But it takes a special kind of skill to lose both coach and captain on the same morning.

  2. Matthew Cain

    Apparently KP’s resignation can be understood by cultural theory. Bear with me – I found this entertaining!

  3. Mike

    Oh. I thought it was just because he was a twat. Oops!

    Thanks for stopping by, Matthew :)

  4. Guy Mulvaney

    You only had one asset-KP.

    You are a mediocre team-with mediocre batsmen and a very bad attitude that the world detests.

    The only player in your team who would make the Indian,South African or Australian team is KP.

    Flintoff apart from urinating at 10 Downing street in his drunken stupor-has only claim to fame-one ashes win.He is mediocre like the rest of your side.

    You will get thrashed in the Ashes. The best thing the most talented batsman in the world can do is go to India-you do not deserve him-because you do not have the competetive edge and never will-The Sydney Morning Herald-hit the nail on the head about your cricket.

  5. Mike

    Your comment got swallowed by the spam filter so sorry for the delay in getting it online, Guy.

    I’m with you about us being a mediocre team at the moment but what’s all this about bad attitude? Maybe I need to clean my rose tinted glasses but I’ve not seen any evidence of a bad attitude that would lead to the rest of the world detesting us.

    Care to elaborate?

  6. Marcus Berkmann

    I’m intrigued by this ‘Guy Mulvaney’ character and his incredible rage and loathing. Isn’t it, in the end, just a game? Or is that too blindingly obvious a comment to make?

    My general impression of England cricket fans – and this may be hopelessly optimistic, unmacho and unconfrontational of me – is that, by and large, we are quite well disposed to most of the rest of the world’s teams; indeed, we respect people when they merit respect, and expect others to respect us when we merit it. But maybe it’s too complex for some people to come to terms with the idea that 21st-century Britain isn’t a land of blazered MCC buffoons who look down their noses at ‘colonials’.

    Nice site, though.

  7. Mike

    I must admit that I was a bit surprised when I dug the comment out of the spam bucket too. It’ll be interesting to see if he comes back to explain his viewpoint.

    Oh and is it THE Marcus Berkmann? If so…

    We are not worthy!
    We are not worthy!

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