English cricket fans would be in for a terrible shock when they would realize the reason behind Kevin Pietersen’s ouster from the England setup. As per some staggering reports, it has emerged that Alastiar Cook, England’s Test captain was willing to walk out of the English cricket setup if Pietersen was ever to be recalled.
The chances of Pietersen being recalled to the national setup looked optimistic as he slammed 355* for Surrey in a first class game. But then on the very next day, Andrew Strauss made it certain that there was no way back for Kevin, as he said that there was a “massive trust issue” with Pietersen.
Strauss was prompted to extend KP’s exile mainly from the pressure which was exerted from the England side. Several England players and support staff were against Pietersen and did not want him in the side at any given cost. It was Alastair Cook, the skipper who became the representative of all the grumbling players and took the responsibility. Cook was ready to indefinitely leave all forms of cricket for England had Pietersen been given another chance.
Not just Cook alone, but several other stars from England too would have taken drastic steps and caused a revolt. Had such a thing happened, the ECB would have been in doldrums.
Pietersen and Cook don’t see an eye to an eye ever since England was whitewashed in the 2013/14 Ashes in Australia under Cook’s leadership.
An ECB member was quoted saying, “There are people who would absolutely have walked away rather than deal with Kevin again.”He has made life incredibly difficult for a large number of people over the years and the idea that he might be back horrified them.”