Kevin Pietersen © IANS
Kevin Pietersen © IANS

Oct 9, 2014

Ousted England batsman Kevin Pietersen has mocked the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as by calling them ‘dinosaurs’ in a television interview, making his former employers seem both rudderless and out of touch.

Pietersen appeared on ‘The Clare Balding Show’, where he lashed out at his employers by saying that ‘there are more times in ones life where one shoots himself in the foot and added that he does not think the ECB helped themselves’, in reference to a record that was leaked on Tuesday. The record apparently detailed his misdeeds on the Australian tour last winter that culminated in his sacking.

Pietersen said that it is embarrassing what happened, adding that it is not something he really wants to give much airtime to. He said that when one is dealing with dinosaurs that do not understand social media they are going to shoot themselves in the foot and they have done it, The Independent reported.

It was the latest minor victory for Pietersen in his battle with the ECB. At every turn this week, the man who was once the national team’s most illustrious player has outflanked those who dispensed with him.

The ECB continues to decline to address Pietersen’s accusations that the England dressing room was ruled by fear and bullying. He continues diligently to promote his book, which will hit the bookstores on Thursday.

One of Pietersen’s purported misdeeds in the document which emanated from the ECB’s lawyers, Onside Law, was that the batsman went out drinking with young members of the squad in Adelaide before the second Test last December.

Pietersen said that they went out, had a few drinks, adding that he was pictured on the front of a newspaper and in all the newspapers was Stuart Broad. So he said that where the young players scenario came in he does not have a clue, adding that he knows there were some players with them.

Pietersen further said that the embarrassing part of it was that the ECB put a press release out the next day, adding that the incident was on a Sunday night, and the Test match started on a Thursday.

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