This is pathetic:
Kevin Pietersen’s international career was ended so captain Alastair Cook could create a culture where players can ‘trust each other’, the England and Wales Cricket Board has said.
[I]n a joint statement with the Professional Cricketers’ Association, the ECB said: “It has been a matter of great frustration that until now the ECB has been unable to respond to the unwarranted and unpleasant criticism of England players and the ECB itself, which has provided an unwelcome backdrop to the recent negotiations to release Kevin Pietersen from his central contract.
“For those demanding clear-cut reasons for Kevin Pietersen’s departure, this statement will be a huge disappointment.
“It’s more of a reaction to the criticism which has rained down on the ECB from many sources outside the game, and defending the integrity of those who have come under what they have described as unwarranted and unpleasant criticism.”
“Those negotiations have been successfully concluded and, whilst both parties remain bound by confidentiality provisions, the ECB would like to make the following comments.
“The England team needs to rebuild after the whitewash in Australia.
“To do that we must invest in our captain Alastair Cook and we must support him in creating a culture in which we can be confident he will have the full support of all players, with everyone pulling in the same direction and able to trust each other.
“It is for those reasons we have decided to move on without Kevin Pietersen.”
There is a term for this type of thing: meaningless guff.
What, exactly, do they mean by “a culture where players can trust each other” in support of Alistair Cook? Trust each other to score runs when required? To not get out repeatedly in single figures? To not drop sitters? To not miss easy stumpings? To pitch it up against set batsmen who are punishing the short ball?
Oh no, none of those. What they mean by “trust” is to ensure there is absolutely no criticism of Alistair Cook’s lacklustre and wholly unimaginative captaincy style, even if it is a major component in the team getting flogged savagely and repeatedly. Conformity is more important, and everyone must comply.