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Former England captain Andrew Strauss believes that the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) decision to sack Alastair Cook as ODI captain was “hugely disrespectful”.
Cook was replaced by Eoin Morgan as ODI captain following England’s 5-2 loss to Sri Lanka in the recently concluded seven-match ODI series.
“What does leave an unsavoury taste in the mouth, though, is the way that the axe has been wielded,” Strauss said. “The ECB’s image has taken a battering every bit as significant as the reputation of some of its players over the past 12 months.”
Strauss also belittled the ECB for their handling of the situation.
“Refusing to talk about Kevin Pietersen’s banishment from the team, allowing Cook to carry the can for the move, leaking the ‘dossier’ on Pietersen’s misdemeanours at the precise moment when they should have been taking the moral high ground, and now filtering the news of Cook’s demotion through to the Twitterspehere and other unofficial channels smacks of clumsy subterfuge or incompetence or both,” he said.