IPL led to Pietersen’s demise!
Following much drama during the England and South Africa Test Series, which saw the rise and omission of the talented Kevin Pietersen from the English Squad, Poms coach Andy Flower came out stating the KP’s infatuation with the million dollar Indian Premier League played a significant role in the collapse of the star’s elusive career1
The South African born cricketer, who came under scrutiny after sending out random sms’s which reportedly defamed the likes of Flower and Captain Andrew Strauss, will try and be as optimistic as possible looking ahead.
However, his future looks very bleak after his sms’s sent out to South African cricketers allegedly contained criticism of Flower and Strauss during England’s recent test series against the Proteas.
But Flower believes Pietersen, dropped for the third test and left out of England’s Twenty20 World Cup squad, stopped focusing on international action after his lucrative spell playing domestic cricket in India.
KP confirmed his retirement from ODI early 2012 hoping to focus more on his high-profile IPL franchise the Delhi Daredevils.
He subsequently backtracked on playing a full IPL tournament next year in a YouTube video, re-affirming his committment to the English Squad in all formtas.
But Flower is certain Pietersen’s availability for the cash-rich tournament is at the heart of the current problems and, with little hope of an IPL window being introduced to avoid clashes with England matches, that could herald the end of the batsman’s international career.
“I think it’s fair to say that his issues over being available for the entire IPL have changed his attitude,” Flower said.
“I think that was the catalyst for a lot of the stuff. The IPL and the international fixtures in England are an area of conflict. And it will continue to be an area of conflict in the future.” he said!