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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has revealed that he is open to the idea of helping the national team by taking up a coaching role.
Pietersen, who was sacked from the England team after the 2013-14 Ashes series in Australia, was asked to be an advisor on a board, whose main task was to improve the country’s ODI squad, according to the BBC. However, Pietersen allegedly turned down the offer, which was made to him by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of cricket Andrew Strauss.
But, even though Pietersen claims that he was never asked to take up an advisory role, he said that he would be more than happy to help the England team.
“Of course I would. I haven’t got a clue if I will be asked but I don’t worry about it,” Pietersen told reporters.
Pietersen also admitted that he feels “sad” that players in the national team cannot contact him for advice as they are afraid of being “frowned upon” for doing so.
“I think that it is a sad, sad state that the messages that I receive from some of the current players are that it is difficult for them to ask me questions and advice because they fear they might get into trouble for getting in touch with me,” he said. “I know for a fact that there was a little bit of a worry that getting advice from me would be frowned upon. It’s a sad position that with what I have achieved in the game with England that it seems to be sort of a no-go.”
The 35-year-old also firmly believes that he will never don an England jersey again even though he proved that he can still be a valuable asset when he made a career-best 355 not out for Surrey in their County Championship match against Leicestershire in May.
“It’s something that has long gone from me now,” he said. “I live every day trying to be better at stuff I do. If it happens it happens, if it doesn’t, so what?”