Kevin Pietersen’s demands are unreasonable

January 6, 2009 at 9:45 am Leave a comment


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Peter Moores could be sacked as coach of England this week according to reports circulating in the British media. This comes after the recent row between Peter Moores and Kevin Pietersen, thought to be about the omission of former captain Michael Vaughan. Moores and Pietersen’s relationship was thought to be quite poor before this selection problem. Pietersen as captain wants Vaughan back in his team, however, Moores as coach and selector is thought to have been against such move. With the ECB reaching a position where they have to choose between the two, Moores is most likely to go.

The England squad will fly out to the West Indies in three weeks, which leaves little time for the difference to be sorted out or a short term replacement to be identified. Pietersen who is currently in holiday in South Africa is reported to have cut short his holidays to meet Hugh Morris to iron out the problem. The fractured relationship has been further damaged by the decision to leave out former skipper Michael Vaughan.

Reports suggest that Pietersen has threatened to quit as captain if he doesn’t get his way. It brings into question what exactly is the role of the captain. The captain is seen as someone who deals with the issues on the pitch, with the management team taking control of off the field issues. During Vaughan’s reign as captain he on numerous occasions didn’t get the player he wanted but got on with the job as a professional. What Pietersen is demanding is that a player who has done absolutely nothing since being dropped from the team is recalled to the team. You can see why he may want Vaughan back in the team, he has years of international experience, a solid number three and has a good record against Australia.

However, if you are going to put Vaughan in the squad then you are going to have to play him, and what has he done to deserve that chance. Bell who currently occupies the number three should be dropped, but then replaced by a player on merit. This is exactly what Moores wants, and the management want, Pietersen is the captain, not the selector and so while his ideas are welcome, the selectors have the duty to select a squad and the captain should not interfere. It seems as the moment that the team is being run by Pietersen, he wants to be the leading batsman, the captain and now the coach of the team. If the management does now go and select Vaughan on the captain’s orders what does it say to Shah, Bopara, Key and those in the county scene. Shah seems to be carrying the drinks forever and is all of a sudden replaced in the pecking order by a player who has not had a good knock since being dropped.

I hope that this conflict is solved and that Pietersen understands that squad selection is not his job. If he can’t understand that then maybe it is time that he be relinquished of the captaincy and hand it to someone who does. Peter Moores doesn’t have the best record so far for England and his lack of international experience is playing against him. I personally don’t think that he is the right man for the job but will be willing to give him more that just 18 months. However, if Moores goes it should be because of results on the field rather than an issue off it.

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