Botham feels as if Pietersen’s decision to retire was made at the worse time possible
England cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham has revealed that he was very shocked by Kevin Pietersen’s rather sudden decision to retire from limited overs cricket.
Botham, noted that with Pietersen out of the ODI and Twenty20 squad, he expected a lot of younger talents to make their mark in the limited overs game for England.
Pietersen’s frosty relationship with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was the key reason why he made the astounding decision to retire from limited overs cricket.
Botham, stated that there was an England one-day team before Pietersen arrived on the cricketing scene, and there still will be one now that he has decided to move on.
The Daily Mirror, quoted Botham as saying: “Life and sport move on and so will England. There is no point having a player in the dressing room if his heart is not in it and he doesn’t want to play. Once he made his decision, nothing was going to change it, so we must accept it and look forward. If he doesn’t want to play for England in whatever format, it might be time to let him go, wish him all the best then find someone who does want to be there and play one-day cricket for their country.”
“He has left some big shoes to fill, but someone will step up to the plate. It has always happened and it always will. There is a chance now for a host of young talent to put their hand up and say ‘pick me’,” Botham added.
Botham, also mentioned that he was very surprised by Pietersen’s sudden decision since the timing was not right at all.
“For a player of his class and calibre I would have thought he would want to go out on the biggest stage of all – a World Cup. Either the World T20 in September or the World Cup at the start of 2015 when he would have been 34. He is not exactly an old man,” Botham said.