More on the Dismissal of KP

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.

How pathetic.

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10 Responses to More on the Dismissal of KP

  1. Bardon says:

    At least he looks jolly spiffing in a blazer though.

  2. Steve Waugh and Shane Warne didn’t trust one another or like one another. It didn’t stop them playing good (actually, much better than good) cricket together though.

  3. Tim Newman says:

    Teddy Sherringham and Andy Cole famously didn’t speak to one another at all during their most productive years at Manchester United. Alex Ferguson said in an interview that he barely knew Eric Cantona, and that the two rarely spoke off the training ground.

  4. dearieme says:

    I saw in the papers a few days ago that when England were last playing South Africa Petersen texted greetings to his Safra mates and identified the weaknesses of some of his England team mates, with advice on how to exploit them. If true (if) then he should not only have been sacked instantly, but sued too. Or do you think that someone working for, say, BP should be kept on if he tried to help Shell compete with BP?

  5. Bardon says:

    dearieme, the oil and gas industry is probably one of the most corrupt industries in the world, they trade countries not innings.

    I think KP must have been texting official secrets during the Ashes, how else would we have won?

  6. Tim Newman says:

    @dearieme,

    If that were true he should have been sacked on the spot. Not that SA needed any help in thrashing England during that series…

    Personally, I don’t believe it. I can imagine KP texting his Saffer mates and perhaps having a joke at the expense of some of his English teammates, but not deliberately trying to undermine his team. Having seen how he batted at Headingly, I don’t believe he was secretly trying to bring about England’s demise.

  7. alanm says:

    The management-speak that it’s all couched in makes it doubly offensive. And KP’s quiet surrender stinks of some kind of backroom deal or blackmail. We’re going to need to wait for the next round of autobiographies before we really know what went on.

  8. Tim Newman says:

    @alanm,

    I couldn’t agree more!

  9. TNA says:

    I saw a tweet from Will Carling on the subject which named most of the forwards and half of the backs who would have been sacked for being “disruptive” if that were a criteria in the England rugby camp of his era.

    Of course, if that included whichever muppet suggested “throwing it wide” in the 1991 final maybe it wouldn’t be a bad thing.

  10. Bardon says:

    Fuck me dead we now have TNA as a union commentator that has suddenly climbed out from under the rock and graced us with his enlightening presence, whilst he switches codes and countries.

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