Pietersen’s international career is currently hanging by a thread
England batsman Kevin Pietersen will be meeting with national team coach Andy Flower in an attempt to ensure that he still has a chance of rescuing his international career.
Pietersen was dropped for the final Test against South Africa at Lord’s after he was found guilty of sending derogatory text messages about former Test captain Andrew Strauss and coach Flower to the South African players.
Since then, Pietersen has apologised to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for his actions, but according to the board, the England batsman still has a long way to go before he will be considered for selection again.
Pietersen retired from limited overs cricket earlier in the year, stating that he only wanted to play Twenty20 cricket since ODIs were “dull”, but the ECB rules state that a player must be available to play in both ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals.
However, after realising his mistake, Pietersen, who noted that he loved representing his country, released a video via YouTube saying that he was open to playing in all formats.
Due to retirement from the limited overs format, along with the derogatory text messages, Pietersen was left out of England’s squad for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 later this month in Sri Lanka.
If the talks between Flower and Pietersen go well, whereby Pietersen reveals the full content of the text messages he sent to the South African players and offers a heartfelt apology, then further talks may take place involving ECB managing director Hugh Morris and possibly the new England Test captain Alastair Cook.
After Cook learnt that he would be replacing Strauss as the new Test captain, he stated that at some point he was going to have to get involved in the Pietersen saga and solve the situation.
“I’ve been on the outside for a lot of the saga, Clearly I’ll get involved over the coming weeks,” Cook said.
Even though Strauss admitted that he had felt “let down” by the text messages Pietersen sent about him, he noted that it had not influenced his decision to retire.
Before stepping down, Strauss also mentioned that Pietersen’s road back to the England squad was going to be a tough one since he would have to convince coach Flower that he was trustworthy again.
However, Pietersen’s troubles with the ECB may have just hit a new high after a magazine interview he did a while back was published in the Cricketer magazine, in which the England batsman lashed out at the cricket board over the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Test cricket is right up there, most definitely, but IPL and Twenty20 cricket is a matter of fact now. Every board has accepted it apart from the ECB, unfortunately. Some part of international cricket may have to give because the IPL is not going away,” Pietersen said in the interview.
But, if the situation between Pietersen, Flower and the ECB is resolved rapidly, then Pietersen could be seen in the Test series against India in mid-November.
However, with the squad for that series set to be announced in October and central contracts being handed out this month, quite possibly before the players leave for the World Twenty20, Pietersen’s time to rescue his international cricketing career is slowly ticking away.