ECB’s treatment of Pietersen ‘disrespectful’, says Chris Gayle

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“I’m disappointed by the manner he had to bow out of international cricket”

Flamboyant West Indies opener Chris Gayle has announced that the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) decision to terminate batsman Kevin Pietersen’s central contract was extremely “disrespectful”.

The ECB decided to cut Pietersen out of their future plans following the national team’s disastrous tour of Australia.

“I’m disappointed by the manner he had to bow out of international cricket,” Gayle said. ” It’s disrespectful.

“I don’t know what happened behind closed doors…but for such a big player to actually go out like that, who has made such a big impact around the world, it’s really sad.

“It’s disrespectful, the way he had to go.”

Gayle himself has had his fair share of problems with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in the past and it subsequently led to him not representing his country for more than a year.

“It has been difficult for KP,” he said. “From my point of view, I sat out for a year – and then things worked out and we’re all getting along well.

“He’s been so good in international cricket I’m sure he wants to represent his country.

“He has said he wants more than 10,000 Test runs, and to cut it like this is sad for him.

“I’ve just sent him a few text messages to say it is sad to see him go out in this way.”

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