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Blame it on Pietersen, say former players

English cricket fraternity was unanimous in blaming Kevin Pietersen for putting the country's cricket in a mess by poor management of his sour relationship as captain with coach Peter Moores which cost the two their positions in the team.

cricket Updated: Jan 08, 2009 13:45 IST

English cricket fraternity was on Thursday unanimous in blaming Kevin Pietersen for putting the country's cricket in a mess by poor management of his sour relationship as captain with coach Peter Moores which cost the two their positions in the team.

The public spat with coach Peter Moores, which cost Pietersen the captaincy could also leave his place in the team in serious doubt, feels former cricketer Graham Thorpe.

"England thought they knew what they were taking on when they made Pietersen captain - he is a headstrong character with strong ideas and little appetite for compromise," Thorpe said.

"But the way he has gone about this has been counterproductive and he has presented England with a massive problem. Pietersen's place must be under threat," Thorpe was quoted as saying by 'The Sun'.

The ex-Surrey star said he was surprised at Pietersen's approach in the whole controversy.

"However good you are, you can't create this kind of situation as people will start asking which side you are on the team's or your own?

"I am amazed that somebody close to him a family member, his agent, his wife has not told him to take a step back and ask himself where this is going," he said.

Former ECB chairman Lord Maclaurin lamented the "sad" day in English cricket but backed the England and Wales Cricket Board for the way they handled it.

"It is a mess and it is very sad the captain was away in South Africa but as I understand if he put a pistol to the head of the ECB and said 'Back me or sack me' I think the ECB were absolutely right," he said.

"It is a decision Kevin Pietersen will regret for the rest of his life," he added.