Former England captain Andrew Strauss admitted that he could not have dealt with batsman Kevin Pietersen nicely sufficient. Pietersen’s troubles together with his teammates and administration got here to outline Strauss’s last months as captain of England and the early a part of the captaincy of his successor Alastair Cook dinner.
“I in all probability did not do sufficient work with KP,” Strauss instructed a Sky Sports activities podcast.
“There got here a time when among the individuals he was shut with within the crew retired or obtained dropped. There was a chance there, not essentially to deliver him in, however spend much more time with him and ensure his views had been valued and thought of.
“I feel as an alternative I simply let KP be KP. On reflection that was a mistake and might need sowed the seeds for what was to return down the observe.”
Pietersen was first dropped from the crew after he despatched textual content messages to South African gamers about his teammates throughout the 2012 Check collection between the 2 sides by which he allegedly insulted Strauss as nicely.
He was ultimately re-integrated into the facet beneath Cook dinner and performed an necessary position in England’s 2-1 win in India within the 2012/13 collection. Nevertheless, his worldwide profession got here to an finish after the 2013/13 Ashes by which England misplaced 5-0.
Strauss and Pietersen additionally had disagreements over the latter’s need to play within the Indian Premier League (IPL). Later, as director of cricket Strauss led England’s transformation that resulted in them profitable the 2019 World Cup. The crew featured plenty of gamers who had been regulars within the IPL.
“I all the time had sympathy with KP over the IPL,” added Strauss. “I understood what a giant occasion it was with all one of the best gamers enjoying there collectively and large quantities of cash on the desk as nicely.
“Long run my view was that we needed to discover a window for the IPL. I instructed the ECB we could not compete towards one another as it’s going to create huge points inside our crew.
“However I assumed it was extremely harmful to permit gamers to overlook Check cricket to play within the IPL. The message you would be sending and the precedent you would be setting is that the IPL is extra necessary than Check cricket.
“I used to be saying to KP on the time, ‘pay attention, mate, that is the state of affairs. You possibly can’t choose in or out of worldwide cricket. You’ve got obtained obligations to England and hopefully there are gaps the place you’ll be able to play within the IPL as nicely’.
“Once I took over as director of cricket, I seemed on the calendar and whether or not we may shift in order that our gamers may play within the IPL.