Kevin Pietersen

ECB allows Pietersen, Flintoff to play in IPL

ECB allows Pietersen, Flintoff to play in IPLLondon, Jan 23 : England Batsman Kevin Pietersen and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will play in the Indian Premier League after signing their national central contracts.

Talks between England's players and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on signing of the annual deals had stalled over how long they would be allowed to play in the IPL, The News reported.

The agreement will allow a chosen few, probably Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Paul Collingwood, Owais Shah and maybe Ravi Bopara, to earn some big money quickly.

Pietersen wanted me sacked too, says England batting coach Andy Flower

Pietersen wanted me sacked too, says England batting coach Andy FlowerLondon, Jan. 22: England batting coach Andy Flower has claimed that former captain Kevin Pietersen wanted to remove him along with Peter Moores.

As England flew to the Caribbean yesterday, rumors were in circulation that Flower was known to be one of the targets of Pietersen''s campaign to alter England''s coaching methods.

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."

Pietersen says he has unfinished business as English skipper

Pietersen says he has unfinished business as English skipperLondon, Jan 11: Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has said that he's not finished as English skipper yet.

"I feel I've got unfinished business as the captain of England. I definitely feel that," Pietersen told The Sun.

Pietersen had relinquished the post of England skipper on January 7th after an argument with team coach Peter Moores.

But, the swashbuckling right-handed batsman has decided to put the episode behind him, and support new captain Andrew Strauss, and keep piling on the runs.

Steve Waugh says Pietersen’s resignation a ‘wrong decision’

London, Jan10 : Former Aussie Captain Steve Waugh has termed Kevin Pietersen's decision to quit from captaincy, as a `wrong decision'.

Commenting on the Pietersen- Moores controversy, Waugh said that it was not as bad a situation which would have forced a captain's resignation. He added that Pietersen has committed a blunder by quitting from the post.

"It didn''t look like it was a terrible situation. It does take a while to work with someone. I mean you''re not just going to come on board as a captain and work smoothly and fit in exactly the way he wants," the News quoted Waugh, as saying.

He said that the coach-captain controversy has put England cricket on the backseat, and both Pietersen, and Moores will have to suffer.

Buchanan questions whether Pietersen would be able to commit fully

Buchanan questions whether Pietersen would be able to commit fullySydney, Jan. 10 : Former Australian cricket team coach John Buchanan believes that England opener Andrew Strauss is the best man to lead England, but has questioned whether his predecessor -- Kevin Pietersen -- would be able to commit himself fully to the cause following revelations of his spat with sacked coach Peter Moores six months before the first Ashes Test.

IPL set to test Pietersen’s England loyalty

IPL set to test Pietersen’s England loyaltyLondon, Jan 10 : Kevin Pietersen, who stepped down as captain, is set to have his loyalty to England tested by a host of Indian Premier League teams.

Pietersen will be the star attraction when the IPL player auction commences on February 6, The Sun reported.

He could command a 1million pound deal to play in the six-week tournament, which starts on April 10.

Under the terms of his new England contract, Pietersen would only be available for the first 15 days, before returning for a two-Test series with West Indies.

Warne warns opponents to be wary of dangerous backlash from wounded Pietersen

Melbourne, Jan 9 : Kevin Pietersen's good friend and former Hampshire teammate Shane Warne has warned that Pietersen would be an even more dangerous and committed player now that he has relinquished the England captaincy.

Pietersen resigned from his leadership duties on Wednesday after a bitter feud with coach Peter Moores, who was sacked soon after Pietersen quit.

As Pietersen prepares to head to the West Indies as a rank-and-file player under new skipper Andrew Strauss, Warne said his controversial mate would become an even more threatening cricket animal.

Warne warns opponents to be wary of dangerous backlash from wounded Pietersen

Melbourne, Jan 9 : Kevin Pietersen's good friend and former Hampshire teammate Shane Warne has warned that Pietersen would be an even more dangerous and committed player now that he has relinquished the England captaincy.

Pietersen resigned from his leadership duties on Wednesday after a bitter feud with coach Peter Moores, who was sacked soon after Pietersen quit.

As Pietersen prepares to head to the West Indies as a rank-and-file player under new skipper Andrew Strauss, Warne said his controversial mate would become an even more threatening cricket animal.

Warne did not take Pietersen’s offer to be England coach seriously

Warne did not take Pietersen’s offer to be England coach seriouslyLondon, Jan 9: The offer from Kevin Pietersen to replace Peter Moores as England head coach was `not taken seriously' by legendary spinner Shane Warne.

Writing in The Times today, Warne reveals that he did receive a tongue-in-cheek approach from Pietersen via text message, but turned it down.

Warne, who would require a salary way beyond the 250,000 pounds earned by Moores, distanced himself from the England job.

Pietersen arrives back in the UK

England captain Kevin PietersenLondon, Jan. 8 : Ex-England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen has arrived back home following a winter holiday in South Africa.

Greeted by photographers and reporters, Pietersen refused to make a comment on the current crisis in England cricket, and was escorted to a waiting car by police.

Pietersen quit as England skipper after only five months on Wednesday in the wake of his rift with coach Peter Moores - who was sacked.

Flintoff, Strauss refusal forced Pietersen to resign

Flintoff, Strauss refusal forced Pietersen to resignLondon, Jan 8 : Kevin Pietersen was forced into resigning as England Test and one-day captain after all rounder Andrew Flintoff and new skipper Andrew Strauss refused to back him and ECB's Managing Director Hugh Morris hinted at divisions in the team.

England cricket in disarray as Pietersen, Moores quit

England Cricket LogoLondon, Jan. 7 : England’s cricket establishment was in complete disarray on Wednesday after both captain Kevin Pietersen and team coach Peter Moores declared that they were quitting their respective posts as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has failed to resolve their differences.

Sky News quoted Pietersen as saying that: "I am not in a fit state to talk."

Moores'' decision to resign came as he faced growing criticism over the row and the development of the England team during his time as coach. The team has lost four of the seven series that it has contested under his stewardship.

Reports say Pietersen has quit as England captain

Kevin PietersenLondon, Jan. 7 : England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen is reported to have quit claiming that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has not acted quickly enough on his differences with coach Peter Moores.

Former England bowler Alex Tudor told Sky News: "This is a real shock. I know a lot pundits and professionals and ex players who say that the captain generally gets his way and the coach is probably the one that goes."

Both Pietersen, Moores now face the axe in interest of English cricket

Both Pietersen, Moores now face the axe in interest of English cricketLondon, Jan 7: England captain Kevin Pietersen and cricket coach Peter Moores could be sacked after Hugh Morris was handed the mandate to sort out the civil war ripping the English team apart.

The England and Wales Cricket Board called an emergency meeting of its executive board on Tuesday night and the support has shifted from backing the captain to making changes at the top of the national team's management structure, The Telegraph reported.

Pietersen in ECB crisis talks over coach Moores

Pietersen in ECB crisis talks over coach MooresLondon, Jan. 1: England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen has called for crisis talks with the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, over what he sees as irreconcilable differences between him and head coach Peter Moores.

Telegraph Sport understands that the meeting with Giles Clarke, which follows a troubled start to England''s winter, has been called for early January once Pietersen concludes his safari holiday in Africa.

Pietersen’s ‘switch hit’ leaves Kirsten asking for change in cricket laws

Mohali, Dec. 22: Indian cricket coach Gary Kirsten is not happy with English captain Kevin Pietersen's `switch hit', and termed the shot disadvantageous for bowlers.

He said that the shot puts the tribe of bowlers in a distinctly disadvantageous position and administrators of the game should bring in change in the laws to right the wrong.

"I think we have to do something about the law of the game, because it's a big advantage for the batsman and a disadvantage for the bowlers," The News quoted Kirsten, as saying.

Pietersen unleashed the much debated shot against Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra in the ongoing Mohali test match.

Injured Pietersen not able to dive or play trademark expansive strokes

Injured Pietersen not able to dive or play trademark expansive strokesLondon, Dec 18 : England skipper Kevin Pietersen, who is suffering from broken rib injury, has said that he cannot bat, bowl, field or throw without pain.

But England's injured captain must somehow rouse his players into a Second Test performance here tomorrow that can halt their miserable start to the winter, The Sun reported.

Pietersen, Flintoff may compensate their counties for playing in IPL

Pietersen, Flintoff may compensate their counties for playing in IPLLondon, Dec 11: England captain Kevin Pietersen and all rounder Andrew Flintoff may have to pay off their counties before they are allowed to sign lucrative contracts to play in the Indian Premier League in April.

Hampshire and Lancashire are seeking compensation as England's two star players are poised to cash in on the richest tournament in cricket history, The Guardian reported.

Pietersen already has an offer of 1.7m dollars on the table and looks certain to play in the IPL.

Mumbai terror attacks should not be a reason for bad performance: Pietersen

London, Dec 10 : English captain Kevin Pietersen has asked his team-mates to ignore all the distraction and give their 100 percent for the Chennai Test despite lack of adequate match practice.

Pietersen's four months as England captain have been rather eventful but neither he nor his squad want the horrific events of last month's attacks in Mumbai, the team's brief return home or the uncertainty over whether they would return to India to act as an excuse in tomorrow's first Test.

Pietersen was keen to talk about cricketing issues rather than the security measures that have been put in place, but when 5,000 police officers, including 300 highly trained commandoes, have been assigned to guard them the topic is difficult to ignore, The Independent reported.

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