ECB and PCA Statement

It has been a matter of great frustration that until now the England and Wales Cricket Board 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.

“Unwarranted”? ….”unwelcome backdrop”!?

Those negotiations have been successfully concluded and whilst both parties remain bound by confidentiality provisions the ECB would like to make the following comments.

“successfully”!!!!?!!!

The ECB recognises the significant contribution Kevin has made to England teams over the last decade. He has played some of the finest innings ever produced by an England batsman.

FACT.

However, 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 that we have decided to move on without Kevin Pietersen.

There are a lot of hints to be gleaned when reading between the lines here. Nothing concrete, of course, let alone an example.

Following the announcement of that decision, allegations have been made, some from people outside cricket, which as well as attacking the rationale of the ECB’s decision-making, have questioned, without justification, the integrity of the England Team Director and some of England’s players.

“People outside cricket”, like Paul Downton was 3 weeks ago?

“Attacking the rationale of”…getting rid of your best batsman?

“Questioned without justification”…try seeing our best and most exciting player be sacked without justification.

Clearly what happens in the dressing room or team meetings should remain in that environment and not be distributed to people not connected with the team. This is a core principle of any sports team, and any such action would constitute a breach of trust and team ethics.

Clearly.

Whilst respecting that principle, it is important to stress that Andy Flower, Alastair Cook and Matt Prior, who have all been singled out for uninformed and unwarranted criticism, retain the total confidence and respect of all the other members of the Ashes party.

“Uninformed and unwarranted”!?!! 0-5.

These are men who care deeply about the fortunes of the England team and its image, and it is ironic that they were the people who led the reintegration of Kevin Pietersen into the England squad in 2012.

Oh, the cruel irony.

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A statement which can ONLY have been designed to add fuel to the fire. Nothing new therefore pointless and frustratingly uninformative, not to mention being really rather rude to anyone with an opinion which goes against the actions of the ECB.

I don’t necessarily want Pietersen back if he is going to be a disruptive nightmare which makes the 10 other players in a cricket team play shit. I do however want some form of good reason behind ditching our best batsman other than shoddy management. From the outside looking in, the combined trio of Flower, Cook and Prior had a lot more to do with the shambolic 5-0 loss than Kevin Pietersen, yet they are being backed to the hilt whilst Kevin Pietersen is the fall guy.

The ECB should treat it’s customers with more respect and either give us something or just shut up – Kevin Pietersen’s silence has played the situation x10 times better than they have. This is playing wildly at a ball they really should have left; it is a terrible start to Paul Downton’s tenure, another failure from Andy Flower, and hardly a strong chapter in Alastair Cook’s book.

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6 Responses to ECB and PCA Statement

  1. Dmitri Old says:

    100 years on and the Officer Class will brook no dissent from the troops. Dissent will mean a court martial.

    Yeah, I know, a completely different scale, but you get my drift…..

  2. Couldn’t be any clearer that ‘people outside cricket’ refers to the execrable Piers Morgan, who not just hinted, but stated, what Matt Prior had said in a team meeting – whilst taking it out of context to make Prior look bad.

    I’m no Sherlock Holmes…but I don’t need to be to realise where Morgan got that little gem from – it was a players only meeting….so ‘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 that we have decided to move on without Kevin Pietersen.’ makes perfect sense to me.

    Because, let’s be honest, Morgan has been tweeting malicious little snippets ever since textgate….and had only one close pal in the England team who could have been the source.

    Enough is enough.

    • Cheers for the comment and interesting thoughts…

      Cricket is a team game but one which relies heavily on individual contributions; if KP is one of the best individual contributors it really isn’t great management to get rid of him. Even if they’ve got their reasons and feel it is justifiable then that would probably be fine (ish) by me, but their managing of the decision has been nothing short of a clusterf*ck!

      Morgan is a certainly stain on the world, but the ECB have risen to him and made themselves look utterly amateur in the process. Other than the Prior stuff (which occurred post-sacking anyway) I haven’t read anything of note from Morgan that would really constitute a “leak”? Although I admittedly do my utmost to avoid being aware of anything he spews out!

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