‘Pietersen’s head turned by IPL’

Flower believes T20 tournament is the root-cause of all problems.


Afp August 22, 2012

LONDON: England coach Andy Flower insists Kevin Pietersen’s infatuation with the Indian Premier League (IPL) played a significant role in the collapse of his international career.

The former Zimbabwe wicket-keeper said Pietersen, dropped for the third Test and left out of England’s World Twenty20 squad, stopped focusing after his lucrative spell playing domestic cricket in India. Flower is certain Pietersen’s availability for the cash-rich tournament is at the heart of the current problems and could herald the end of the batsman’s career.

“I think it’s fair to say that his issues over being available for the entire IPL have changed his attitude,” said Flower. “I think that was the catalyst for a lot of the stuff. The IPL and the international fixtures in England are an area of conflict. And it will continue to be an area of conflict in the future.”

Wants Pietersen to reveal text contents

Meanwhile, Flower believes the batsman must reveal the content of his controversial text messages if he wants to salvage his career.

Pietersen was left out of the side that lost their world number one Test ranking to the Proteas with a 51-run loss at Lord’s on Monday after sending what he admitted were ‘provocative’ texts to South African players. It has been alleged the texts contained derogatory remarks about Andrew Strauss and advised the opposition on how to dismiss the England Test captain.

“There are a number of outstanding issues to be resolved.

“An example of that would be finding out exactly what these text messages contained, if we do really want to move forward either way. I think it’s always nice to have a large element of up-front honesty.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2012.

 

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COMMENTS (5)

julieanne | 8 years ago | Reply

What a load of rubbish. Andy. KP loves IPL, [1] because he is very, very good at it [2] because he is looked up to and respected [3] He plays with the best players from other countries. [4] It pays well. Has it turned his head.? NO He loves nothing better than playing for his country England. Or he would if he was allowed. Passing comments about the IPL is only muddying the waters. You Strauss and the management "stuffed up" with KP and it's time you all admitted your mistakes and all did something about cleaning it up.Leaving KP öut to dry"is not the answer. You are the coach, you are responsible for all the team. DO SOMETHING.

Blithe | 8 years ago | Reply

Grow up Flower!!!

This seedy little coach should first reprimand Swan for writing a book with contents insulting to KP ... And he should also reprimand Broad for creating a fake parody account to taunt KP...

KP is the only reason England won a first time tournament.

England is again on a decline and will not recover for some time ,

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