Former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen accuses the Lord’s groundsman of intentionally sliding his feet across wicket at Lord’s, forcing an apology from MCC.
Kevin Pietersen tweeted saying ‘I cannot believe what I’ve just seen from one of the groundstaff!’ when he saw the incident. The groundsman was clearly recorded on camera as a member of the groundstaff was spotted sliding his feet on the test pitch at Lord’s. The MCC made an apology on its official Twitter feed following the incident.
The MCC insisted Doherty had made ‘a genuine, honest mistake and there was no intent to damage the pitch’ while head groundsman Mick Hunt added ‘maybe he has had too much sun’.
I cannot believe what I’ve just seen on TV from one of the ground staff! #EngvInd
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) July 19, 2014
Inside sources from Indian cricket sources indicate that there would be no complaint from the team, although the final decision would rest with the captain, MS Dhoni, and his players. Whatever the explanation – and there is no reason to believe Doherty was anything other than careless – it was another talking point in a series that has already had plenty of them.
This is a little sniffy…..http://t.co/BwUDD9H0Bq
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 19, 2014