Home > News >

England national selector refuses to reveal reasons for Kevin Pietersen’s axing

Kevin Pietersen © Getty Images
Kevin Pietersen was axed from England’s squad for the tour of West Indies © Getty Images

By Julian Guyer

 

London: Feb 6, 2014

England national selector James Whitaker refused to reveal on Thursday why Kevin Pietersen‘s international career had been cut short, citing legal reasons.

Whitaker, in his first public appearance since replacing Geoff Miller as England’s selection supremo, was the first member of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) hierarchy to comment since a carefully-worded statement issued Tuesday signalled the end of star batsman Pietersen’s time in the international game.

The intervening 48 hours had seen the ECB widely criticised by the likes of England great Ian Botham for failing to provide a specific reason as to why Pietersen, England’s leading run scorer across all international formats, had been jettisoned.

That left a statement which spoke of a need “to rebuild not only the team but also the team ethic and philosophy” after England’s 5-0 Ashes series thrashing in Australia.

Whitaker, asked about Pietersen’s England exile, told Sky Sports: “That is a legal position and at the moment I’m not at liberty to say.”

Whitaker’s mobile phone then appeared to ring and the interview was briefly halted.

But when it resumed, he added: “Unfortunately I’m not in a position to reiterate what reasons there have been.”

Thursday saw Whitaker announce England’s first ‘post-Pietersen’ squads for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and the preceding limited overs series in the West Indies.

“The one-day international team and the England Twenty20 team has played a number of matches over the last 12 months or so without Kevin and, on occasion, performed very well, and I would hope that’s the case going forward,” said former batsman Whitaker, a ‘one Test wonder’ against Australia in 1986.

“It’s still a surprise going to an ICC competition without one of your leading run-scorers but the players and management are well rehearsed in coping without him.

“What I can say is this is a group of players who can look forward to re-energising the team going forward with different values, (to) re-evaluate the culture of the team.

“England, over the last four or five years, have shown these good values.

“Over time they can dissipate a little but now is a good time to rewrite those values.”

Uncapped duo Moeen Ali and Stephen Parry were included in a 15-man group for both events, while fellow newcomer Harry Gurney will head to the West Indies.

The only time England have won a major limited overs international trophy was when, with Pietersen playing a leading role, they triumphed at the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.

England squad for the West Indies tour:

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire, c), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire, wkt), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Michael Lumb (Nottinghamshire), Stephen Parry (Lancashire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Tredwell (Kent), Luke Wright (Sussex)

Fixtures:

Feb 25: vs Vice Chancellor’s XI, Antigua

Feb 28: 1st ODI, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

Mar 02: 2nd ODI, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

Mar 05: 3rd ODI, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

Mar 09: 1st T20, Kensington Oval, Barbados

Mar 11: 2nd T20, Kensington Oval, Barbados

Mar 13: 3rd T20, Kensington Oval, Barbados

England squad for the ICC World Twenty20, Bangladesh:

Stuart Broad (c), Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Tim Bresnan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Stephen Parry, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright

Fixtures (all in Chittagong):

Super 10 – Group 1

Mar 22: vs New Zealand

Mar 27: vs Sri Lanka

Mar 29: vs South Africa

Mar 31: vs Qualifier

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

Photos

Gallery: India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's

Videos

Alastair Cook jokes about his bowling

10 things you need to know about Zaheer Abbas

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test at Colombo: Pride at stake for high-flying hosts

Mahela Jayawardene at SSC: A tale of 11 tons

Please help Graeme Pollock, cricket boards and franchises of the world

Cricket at Commonwealth Games and Olympics: Why not?

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe 2014 England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014 Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 2014

Mahela Jayawardene ton takes Sri Lanka to 305/5 on Day 1 of 2nd Test against Sri Lanka

Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma advises him not to play square of wicket

Afghanistan set target of 260 against Zimbabwe in 4th ODI at Bulawayo

India A tour of Australia 2014: Manan Vohra, Mohit Sharma give India A easy win

Mahela Jayawardene scores 11th Test ton at SSC; Sri Lanka 212/3 at tea on Day 1 against South Africa

10 things you need to know about Zaheer Abbas

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test at Colombo: Pride at stake for high-flying hosts

Mahela Jayawardene at SSC: A tale of 11 tons

Please help Graeme Pollock, cricket boards and franchises of the world

Cricket at Commonwealth Games and Olympics: Why not?

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Jodha Akbar: Will Jodha lose Akbar’s child?

Apple reportedly prepping a 12-inch MacBook and a 4K Mac for October release

Vir Das feels that Jaane Kyon has been his toughest film so far!

6 benefits of increased Foreign Direct Investment limit in insurance sector

Commonwealth Games 2014: Scotland swimmer Hannah Miley sets new record

ZTE India posts sales of nearly Rs 2,813 crore in FY2013-14

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here