Kevin Pietersen's absence biggest tragedy: Shane Warne

Shane Warne (R) said Kevin Pietersen was a special player and that some personalities needed different treatment Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Aug 21, 2012

Shane Warne, who was announced as the skipper of Big Bash League franchise Melbourne Star said Kevin Pietersen not playing cricket for England is the biggest tragedy.

Pietersen was dropped for the England squad form the third Test at the Lord s after he was caught texting South African players during the Headingly Test.

“Kevin will be one of the first people to admit that he’s acted in a way that’s been a bit silly and stupid and I’m sure he’d like to take back a few of his actions,” Warne was quoted saying by adelaidenow.com.au.

“Knowing Kevin Pietersen and living with him for a year or so … and becoming friends with him a while ago, I understand what made him tick.

“There’s a bit too much ego at the ECB (English Cricket Board), there’s no give or take or compromise.

“Both sides are at fault – the bottom line is Kevin Pietersen is not playing international cricket, which is a tragedy.”

Warne added that Pietersen was a special player and that some personalities needed different treatment.

“He has to commit to the team first and you have to also understand that some people need different things,” Warne said.

“The England cricket team, I think they’ve let Kevin Pietersen down – it shouldn’t have gotten to this stage.

“If he doesn’t sign his England contract, if he doesn’t play for England again, I just think that’s a tragedy.

“To me, the leadership of England, whether it be the selectors, ECB, coaching, captain, all that – they have to put their hands up and say we haven’t handled this as best we can.

“Kevin Pietersen has to put his hand up and say I’ve conducted myself in a pretty ordinary fashion, too.”

Warne also called for Pietersen and Strauss to sort out their differences, whatever it takes.

“Strauss and Pietersen could have gone down the pub and had a beer … if they’d punched the absolute whatever out of each other to sort it out, so be it,” he said.

“If you have to punch each other up around the corner, then do it, get it out of your system, then come back, put your arm around each other and walk out to play together.”