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Star batsman Kevin Pietersen is all set to join the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Pepsi IPL 2015 following the dramatic English snub. Pietersen smashed an unbeaten 355 against Leicestershire in the ongoing LV=County Championship match but only to find out that the doors of re-entering England team were shut once for all on him! The disappointed and dejected Kevin Pietersen is said to be coming to India to play in IPL 8. The tall aggressive right-hander has just two matches to play and possibly the play-offs for Sunrisers Hyderabad should the team advance to the next stage of the IPL.
It is a shame that the 34-year-old Kevin Pietersen could have possibly played out his last ever first-class knock in England. He had left a highly attractive contract of Rs 2 crores with Sunrisers Hyderabad to play for Surrey. A couple of months ago, the incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves had told Kevin Pietersen to go back to county cricket and score runs for a comeback in the English team. Kevin Pietersen showed his intent by leaving the IPL behind and take the grinding route for an English recall. Just after smashing a majestic triple century that he came to know from his former Captain and the present England director of cricket – Andrew Strauss that he was not part of their plans for the Ashes Summer.
Kevin Pietersen revealed that Surrey were in no position to pay him for the ongoing county cricket season and that he was playing without taking any money!
Andrew Strauss could only cite a ‘massive trust issue’ for not considering Kevin Pietersen for any future selection in the England team. Quite hypocritically, Andrew Strauss offered Kevin Pietersen an Advisory role for the English One Day team while on the other hand saying that the ECB doesn’t trust in the latter as a player. It can be recalled that Kevin Pietersen was accused of sending smes some inside info about the English players especially about Andrew Strauss to South African players during a home series in 2012.
There has been heavy criticism on Andrew Strauss since this latest development on Kevin Pietersen showing that he was sidelining a player who knows how to score the big runs with lame excuses.
The former England Captain Andrew Strauss has been quoted to have said:
Now is the time for us to be really open about the Kevin Pietersen situation – people have been running away from it for years. The truth about Kevin is that he is a phenomenal cricketer. But over months and years, trust has eroded between Kevin Pietersen and the ECB. There is a massive trust issue between me and Kevin. While there is no trust between Kevin and the ECB, it is our opinion he cannot feature in our short-term plans. Long-term, who knows?
Kevin Pietersen has expressed himself, revealing the closed doors meeting with Andrew Strauss & co. through a column in The Telegraph which goes on to say:
I went into the meeting expecting Strauss to say that England’s batting order is good at the moment but if I continued to score runs and if an injury occurred then I would be in contention to play. I would naturally have to earn my recall, but at least I would be eligible. But no. Quite simply, I feel deeply misled. Tom has tried to say that Colin Graves was misinterpreted by the media when he said there was a way back for me.