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Post by kingraf on Fri 23 May 2014, 7:54 pm

The following is a statement released by Kevin Pietersen, I acknowledge that I lifted it off his personal website. blah blah blah. Here's the statement.

"Whilst I have always abided by the
confidentiality clauses that the ECB
were insistent on imposing in the
settlement agreement I entered into
with them at the time of the
termination of my central contract, I
feel it only fair to exercise my right to
reply to the comments made by Paul
Downton in an interview that took
place on Test Match Special during
yesterday’s One Day International.
Aside from the strange timing of
yesterday’s interview during an ODI,
the comments regarding the
cancellation of my contract should be
put in perspective. It was made very
clear to me that I was not being
selected for the World T20 squad, and
the ECB did not try to give me the
remotest confidence that I would be
seriously considered for selection for
England again. Had I allowed my
contract to “wind down”, as the ECB
proposed, I would not only have
forfeited the performance-related
elements that are part of the England
player remuneration, but more
importantly my availability as a
professional cricketer would have
remained under the control of the ECB
for a further eight months.
The suggestion that I was uninterested
during the winter Ashes series against
Australia is wholly untrue. Although I
was having injections in my knee,
which inhibited my mobility and thus
my ability to field close to the wicket,
I was fully motivated to play for
England and whilst I accept that the
series as a whole fell well below my
own personal standards, I finished the
series as the top scorer. I did, and
continue to have a good relationship
with most of the England players,
which has been subsequently
highlighted by a number of press
interviews. With regard to the
criticisms aimed at my “the way I play
type attitude”, I feel it’s only
reasonable to remind Mr Downton that
this method has brought me over
13,500 runs for England, in addition to
being part of four Ashes-winning
teams and a World T20-winning side,
all of which achievements I am hugely
proud of.
I will continue to abide by the
confidentiality provisions contained in
my settlement agreement, which I
believe applies to both the ECB and
myself."
Kevin Pietersen MBE
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Post by liverbnz on Fri 23 May 2014, 9:30 pm

Well in Kev  OK

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Fri 23 May 2014, 11:06 pm

The longer this drags on, the more I'm taking KP's side. 

Seems very much to me like Cook wanted him out, and maybe Prior also. Broad certainly didn't, neither did Bell or Anderson
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Post by guildfordbat on Fri 23 May 2014, 11:47 pm

Very effective statement prepared on Pietersen's behalf.

Naive and stupid of Downton to speak at this stage, particularly as it seemed more condemnation than explanation.

Yesterday's ODI result and performance was very good. Downton and the ECB would have been much better advised to leave that to do the talking for them.

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Post by alfie on Sat 24 May 2014, 9:04 am

Couldn't agree more , guildford.

The less said on this matter the better . Whatever one might prefer had been done , it seems to be settled now (?) for better or worse and for Downton to add unnecessary comments at this stage is just inviting more trouble...

Might be good for another seventeen page thread on here , gawd 'elp us  Rolling Eyes 

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Post by kingraf on Sat 24 May 2014, 10:29 am

It's astonishing how poor a media game ECB have played. I don't think Cook laid a "him or me" ultimatum, but if he did... It was really a no-brainer. I mean, A 34-year old, whose never scored more than one century in a series, who's knee seems an albatross from which he can't escape, who averaged 30-something in his last 14-odd matches, whose IPL form has done little to quiet the rumblings that he's finished... Or Cook, a man who when it's all said and done will likely end up as England's greatest ever run getter (no easy feat for an opener)?
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Post by hodge on Sat 24 May 2014, 2:46 pm

Looks like its a case of Cook saying he didn't want KP in the squad anymore and if the captain doesn't want someone then fair enough. KP then said he didn't want to be under contract anymore which is why he was 'sacked' pretty much by his request. Really everything has just been blown out of proportion as both parties got what they wanted, KP no longer in the England squad and for KP he was no longer contracted.

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Post by msp83 on Sun 25 May 2014, 8:03 pm

Well said KP. It was really unprofessional from Mr. Downton to have mouthed off with all that garbage. They messed up big time at the time of the nonsense, the fellow should have just shut up and cut the losses. Instead, he wanted to act smart after a rain affected win, and the Lankans have put him and his boys in place a couple of days down the line.
Very much expecting the ECB to come out with a statement any time, blaming Pietersen for today's 'Disengaged' performance!.

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Post by msp83 on Sat 31 May 2014, 9:30 am

After his foolish rant, Paul Downton and the ECB have now apologized to Kevin Pietersen.
What a set of absolute jokers!.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/current/story/748989.html

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Post by Nachos Jones on Sat 31 May 2014, 10:26 am

Was reading that this morning also msp83. I have not really had an opinion on this but I can honestly say that I have never been the biggest fan of KP. That said, he has been treated in a disgusting manner and questions should be raised about Paul Downton and his ability to perform his duties as he really does come across as a very vindictive and unprofessional man.

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Post by msp83 on Sat 31 May 2014, 12:55 pm

Unprofessional and pathetic, that was what was Downton that day. If the ECB persist with their terrible approach, this is not going away any time soon. Because KP didn't fire in the IPL, things took a backseat, Downton's stupidity kept things alive, and if KP finds form and if the England batting lineup remains as inconsistent as it is, this will all come back to haunt the ECB.

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Post by KP_fan on Sat 31 May 2014, 1:55 pm

--while there are many positives in the English system...one of the glaring negatives is the obvious putting down of "foreign players"....

--they rode on KP's back to the top...are half the team without him and miss no opportunity to malign him.

--their serial offender and "blue eyed blonde haired boy" ( pun intended) again breached ICC codes by uttering anti-ajmal statements and goes unpunished ( so far)



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Post by Hoggy_Bear on Sat 31 May 2014, 2:40 pm

KP_fan wrote:--while there are many positives in the English system...one of the glaring negatives is the obvious putting down of "foreign players"....





How does the English system 'put down' 'foreign players'?

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Post by KP_fan on Sat 31 May 2014, 3:22 pm

Hoggy_Bear wrote:
KP_fan wrote:--while there are many positives in the English system...one of the glaring negatives is the obvious putting down of "foreign players"....





How does the English system 'put down' 'foreign players'?

read the 2nd and 3d point in the same post
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Post by kingraf on Sat 31 May 2014, 3:37 pm

It's a real pity KP failed to show his worth in the IPL. England may possibly be half the team without a peak KP (even though Cook was the prime batsman in the glory years), it's debatable whether the man himself is half the player he was.

And that's before we consider the fact that his knees seem gone
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Post by KP_fan on Sat 31 May 2014, 4:11 pm

kingraf wrote:It's a real pity KP failed to show his worth in the IPL. England may possibly be half the team without a peak KP (even though Cook was the prime batsman in the glory years), it's debatable whether the man himself is half the player he was.

And that's before we consider the fact that his knees seem gone

so it cannot be that he has lost form........and will work his way back ?

he has had injuries...had a broken finger and I suspect not fully worked himsefl to and fitness and form
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Post by Hoggy_Bear on Sat 31 May 2014, 4:14 pm

KP_fan wrote:
Hoggy_Bear wrote:
KP_fan wrote:--while there are many positives in the English system...one of the glaring negatives is the obvious putting down of "foreign players"....





How does the English system 'put down' 'foreign players'?

read the 2nd and 3d point in the same post

Kevin Pietersen is one player. As is Stuart Broad.
To conflate from your opinion that KP has been treated harshly and Broad leniently (which I'd argue is not neccessarily the case anyway, as their 'crimes' were different), that the English system 'puts down foreign players', is just absurd.

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Post by kingraf on Sat 31 May 2014, 4:30 pm

He's been struggling with his knees for the best part of 18 months, I'm not sure how you want to pretend there isn't a problem.
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Post by msp83 on Sat 31 May 2014, 9:27 pm

Hoggy_Bear wrote:
KP_fan wrote:
Hoggy_Bear wrote:
KP_fan wrote:--while there are many positives in the English system...one of the glaring negatives is the obvious putting down of "foreign players"....





How does the English system 'put down' 'foreign players'?

read the 2nd and 3d point in the same post

Kevin Pietersen is one player. As is Stuart Broad.
To conflate from your opinion that KP has been treated harshly and Broad leniently (which I'd argue is not neccessarily the case anyway, as their 'crimes' were different), that the English system 'puts down foreign players', is just absurd.
Hoggy, what exactly was KP's 'Crime' for which they finished off his international career?

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Post by msp83 on Sat 31 May 2014, 9:31 pm

And lets not forget that David Warner was destroied on these boards by some when he made a statement on Trott without knowing his mental condition, while Stuart Broad despite taking cheap social media potshots at one of the finest bowlers in the world at the moment gets away with yet another bit of nonsense, the very story of his career.
Now, I am not taking sides on whether the English system is putting down foreign players, nor talking about Broad not walking.

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Post by Hoggy_Bear on Sat 31 May 2014, 9:54 pm

msp83 wrote:
Hoggy_Bear wrote:
KP_fan wrote:
Hoggy_Bear wrote:
KP_fan wrote:--while there are many positives in the English system...one of the glaring negatives is the obvious putting down of "foreign players"....





How does the English system 'put down' 'foreign players'?

read the 2nd and 3d point in the same post

Kevin Pietersen is one player. As is Stuart Broad.
To conflate from your opinion that KP has been treated harshly and Broad leniently (which I'd argue is not neccessarily the case anyway, as their 'crimes' were different), that the English system 'puts down foreign players', is just absurd.


Hoggy, what exactly was KP's 'Crime' for which they finished off his international career?

Don't know.
But unless you're prepared to believe that the entire English management suddenly just decided to get rid of him because they'd decided they didn't like him much, you'd have to assume that he'd done something that was perceived as being disruptive, as has been implied.

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Post by msp83 on Sun 01 Jun 2014, 9:35 pm

I don't believe too much of what the likes of Downton keeps mouthing off. Most of it is nonsense.

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