Wednesday, January 07, 2009

England press self-destruct button

Can ANYONE tell me the point of this :

Pietersen resigns of England captain

Kevin Pietersen has left his position as England captain in the wake of the row between him and coach Peter Moores.

BBC Sport understands Moores will also leave his post, although it is unclear whether they have quit or been sacked.

"Pietersen gave an ultimatum to the ECB saying 'sack the coach or I go'," BBC sports editor Mihir Bose told 5 Live.

"The ECB has said 'we value you as captain but we don't take dictation from you'. So they accepted his ultimatum and he has suffered."

Bose added: "Moores' position has become untenable so he goes.

"The managing director of the ECB, Hugh Morris, had been talking to various people and there was the feeling that Pietersen lost the support of members in the dressing room."

Both their jobs were rumoured to be under threat following an emergency meeting of the England and Wales Cricket Board on Tuesday evening.

This is just ridulous...a completely artificial crisis coming out of absolutely nothing. What is the point of the two of them going now in the lead up to The Ashes?

1 comment:

Blue Merchant said...

Totally bemused. Cricket administration is right up there with the best examples of 'how not to run a professional sport professionally' as perfectly demonstrated by the mess that now is the international game (which appears to be exist for the benefit of Indian 20/20). And, assuming Pietersen has a manager / adviser, who is telling him to behave like this?

If KP has tried to dictate to the ECB who should be the coach and threatened to resign if he didn't get his way, then he has to step down. Maybe Moores had to go to stop KP shipping out completely?

Mad one.