Piers Morgan slams ECB's 'hypocrisy'; defends Kevin Pietersen

Piers Morgan regretted that Kevin Pietersen, who performed for England when it mattered the most was dropped. Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 15, 2012

Former News of the World editor Piers Morgan slammed England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday once again, for dropping Kevin Pietersen from the squad for the third Test for sending derogatory text messages about captain Andrew Strauss to South African players.

Morgan slammed the decision stating it is ok for the ECB to ignore some of the players mocking Pietersen by creating a parody Twitter account KP Genius.

However, Morgan added, Pietersen sending witty text messages to friends was unacceptable to the management.

He tweeted, “Just to clarify, Mr Strauss, it’s OK to collude on parody Twitter accounts to humiliate colleagues, but not to send jokey texts to friends?”

Morgan asked why didn’t the ECB not make an enquiry whether other players sent derogatory messages about Pietersen.

He wrote on the micro-blogging site, “Has the ECB asked Strauss, Flower, Broad, Swann & Anderson if they’ve ever sent derogatory texts about Pietersen? If not, why not?”

Morgan regretted that Pietersen, who performed for England when it mattered the most was dropped.

He said, “Pietersen has been an absolute model of professionalism ON the field, where it matters. This persecution of him is absolutely disgusting.”

Morgan feels ECB punishing Pietersn for sending text messages while ignoring Broad to collude with the parody KP account and letting Graeme Swann criticise Pietersen in his book was unfair and smacked of hypocrisy.

He tweeted, “Broad can collude with parody KP account, Swann can slag KP off in a book – no action taken. Total, shameful hypocrisy. @kevinpp24”

Morgan who had earlier defended Pietersen over sending text messages clarified that the maverick batsman has been a good, loyal friend of his.

“Kevin Pietersen’s been a good, loyal friend, to me, and many others. Don’t believe all the petty-minded crap being written about him,” Morgan tweeted.