‘I probably wouldn’t be sitting here as a World Cup winner if it wasn’t for KP’, says Paul Collingwood

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“I always felt that I was needing KP in the side”

Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood, who will be the national team’s assistant coach for their tour of the West Indies and World Twenty20, has admitted that he wouldn’t have won the 2010 World Twenty20 “if it wasn’t for KP [Kevin Pietersen]”.

Collingwood also believes that Pietersen is a player that most teams would have tried to retain despite all the controversies he has been involved in.

“You will always try to find a way of keeping KP in the side,” Collingwood told the Scotsman. “But the last three years it just seems that the relationships have become so unmanageable between both sides that it hasn’t been able to work any more. You just can’t function.

“I don’t know if this has been happening, but if you orientate too much around one player, and not the whole team, then it becomes an issue. From the outside you can see that there have been occasions over the last few years where he has obviously upset the apple cart.

“But I always felt that I was needing KP in the side, and he’d never, at that point when I left the England team, he’d never become unmanageable as what it looks like he has now.

“I’ve played with KP for pretty much six years, five and a half years, and he won a lot for England. I probably wouldn’t be sitting here as a World Cup winner if it wasn’t for KP [Kein Pietersen].”

Collingwood added that he supports the idea of England having one head coach for all three formats and believes that limited overs coach Ashley Giles might be the perfect candidate for the job.

“Ashley is obviously early on in his international coaching career, but I think he’d be very good if he gets the three formats and I think that’s quite important now that the next coach does take the three formats over and really puts his stamp on the England team culture, the ethics and all that kind of stuff,” he said. “I think Ashley’s done a good job with the players that he’s had in the one-day and the T20 form of the game. A lot of the time he does lose some of his best players because you’ve got to balance out the fatigue factor for Test cricket. So I think he’s definitely the next man in line for the job.”

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