Pietersen ‘did not do anything wrong apart from voicing his opinion’, says Chris Tremlett

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“It is a great loss not just for England but for the world game”

England pace bowler Chris Tremlett has become the latest player to get involved in the Kevin Pietersen saga, stating that the South African-born batsman “did not do anything wrong apart from voicing his opinion”.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to terminate Pietersen’s central contract following the national team’s disastrous tour of Australia as they believed he had become a burden on the entire side.

“From what I saw, he did not do anything wrong apart from voicing his opinion of what was wrong and going on. I am sure there is more to it than meets the eye,” Tremlett told The Telegraph. “There are different relationships with different people at the ECB and he has had other instances in the past and it looks like they just wanted to move on and try new players, which is their call but it is a great loss not just for England but for the world game.

“We had some honest chats out there. Kevin is a pretty honest character and when times are tough some people find it hard to express themselves but Kevin is not one of those people. He is not afraid to say what is going on and tell it how it is.

“Personally I prefer to be around people who say it how it is. I played at Hampshire with Shane Warne and he is a pretty blunt guy and there is no beating around the bush with those characters.

“If things are black and white they will say so. I don’t know whether he has been shot down for that but it is a shame he is not playing anymore.”

Tremlett went on to describe England’s tour of Australia as an absolute “disaster”.

“It as the most disjointed tour I have been on and it could not have gone any worse, particularly compared to three years before,” he said. “It was a disaster really and I was quite grateful to leave at the end of it.”

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