Andrew Strauss had always sympathy with Pietersen. Former England skipper Andrew Strauss has regret about not handling the ‘rebel’ Kevin Pietersen.
Kevin Pietersen was a much-talked figure in the later years of his career. Pietersen’s concerns about the Indian Premier League ( IPL) were the reason for his fall-out with England Cricket Board ( ECB).
ECB policy was at that time to not have a different window for the cash-rich League (IPL). Pietersen at that time was quite vocal about this matter.
Thus Pietersen’s career was finished untimely.
Former England skipper Andrew Strauss admitted that he has regret to not handling the matter of Kevin Pietersen with ECB.
“I always had sympathy with KP over IPL. I understand what a big event it was, with all the best players playing together there, and huge amount of money on the table as well.” Andrew Strauss told in Sky Cricket Podcast.
Andrew Strauss after becoming the ECB’s director introduce that separate window for the IPL. About introducing separate window Strauss has some views on this,
“A long term my view was that we had to find a window for the IPL. I told the ECB, we couldn’t compete against each other as it is going to create massive issues within our team.”
Strauss wishing now he had handled Kevin Pietersen differently to allow him more space what he always wanted.
“I don’t think he would have been in the engine-room of the team in that sense. Former England skipper Strauss said.
But I’ve always felt that a good team environment embraces difference and find a space for everyone. I think we did it for large periods of time but possibly through neglect, KP became increasingly isolated.” Strauss said further in Podcast.
“Often KP wanted to be that guy who was slightly separate from the team. On any given day, it didn’t feel like an issue but over time it became an issue.” Andew Strauss said this abut KP isolation.
Andrew Strauss played in 100 test matches and 127 ODI matches for England. He scored 7,037 and 4,025 runs respectively for his team.
ECB’s not having a separate window for the IPL at that time created so much chaos in the cricket fraternity. The issue only sort-out after Andrew Strauss becomes the director of ECB.
As of now, Andrew Strauss had always sympathy with Pietersen which he disclosed in Sky Cricket Podcast.