James Whitaker speaks on England squad for ICC World T20 2014 and West Indies tour
England chief selector James Whitaker talks to England Cricket Board (ECB) cricket on the new faces Moeen Ali and Stephen Parry and most importantly on the omission of Kevin Pietersen for the ICC World T20 2014.
Paul Downton, the ECB’s new managing director is said to have informed Pietersen about the unanimous decision of the England think tank during a recent meeting. Thus, Pietersen will not feature in the upcoming tour to the West Indies and the ICC World T20 2014 in Bangladesh.
“Everyone was aware that there was a need to begin the long-term planning after the Australia tour,” said Downton.
“Therefore we have decided the time is right to look to the future and start to rebuild not only the team but also team ethic and philosophy.”
“England cricket owes a debt of gratitude to Kevin who has proved to be one of the most talented and exciting players to ever represent the country and his 13,797 runs are a testimony to his immense skill,” Downton added.
Pietersen, a player of South African origin, had a controversy-marred run with the national team, and was often criticised for having an “ego”.