ECB should have backed KP: Tony Greig

ECB should have backed KP: Tony GreigLondon, Jan. 14 : Former England captain Tony Greig has said that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should have backed skipper Kevin Pietersen in his rift with coach Peter Moores.

Speaking to Cricinfo. com, Grieg said: "I've always maintained that when a captain is replaced, the coach's position should also be reviewed."

"These days, captains and coaches have to work together, so to impose a coach on a new captain is just plain silly. The relationship was never going to work, and let's face it, once Pietersen was made captain, it was only a matter of time before Moores was ditched," Greig added.

"Now England may never know what Pietersen was capable of as captain," Greig was quoted by the Sun as telling the web site.

Moving forward, Greig hopes Pietersen the batsman is not scarred by the ordeal and England learn from their mistakes.

"Hopefully this extremely talented cricketer's form doesn't suffer as a result of this saga - that is certainly something England does not need," Greig said.

"Hopefully the ECB will learn from this mistake and ask their new captain who he wants to work with. Moores' behaviour suggests to me that he is one of a growing group of coaches who think their job is more important than that of the captain. He is very wrong, and the sooner he and others like him are put in their place, the better," Greig said. (ANI)