Andrew Strauss, former captain of England test cricket team was very much ashamed by his comments. Andrew Strauss has very much ashamed and has apologised for an offensive comment he made about Kevin Pietersen when he thought he was off the air while commentating at Lord’s.
Strauss was caught by Australian Fox Sports viewers when he called Pietersen a “cunt” during the MCC v Rest of the World fixture. He was discussing about his former England colleague with his fellow commentator Nick Knight in the bluntest of terms, and thinking that an advertising break was taking place all around the world. Though the comments were not heard by Sky viewers in Britain but it was heard by Australian Fox Sports.
The former England captain apologised on air later. “I apologise unreservedly, particularly to Kevin Pietersen,” he said. “I am mortified and profusely sorry.”
Sky Sports had earlier issued its own apology. “Earlier comments were made during a break of play, which were heard overseas. We apologise for the language issued,” it said in a tweet.
Strauss’s apology was rather was triggered by shame and a more wholehearted one, that Paul Downton was required to give after his comments on BBC radio that Pietersen had been “disengaged” and disinterested” in Australia at the end of the Ashes series.
The episode is that in recent times there’s been various bitter relation between Pietersen and recent England captains that continue to haunt and affect the game.
In 2012 Pietersen enraged the England hierarchy. It was because of his text messages sent about Andrew Strauss to South African cricketers engaged in the series in England. Due to this Pietersen was subsequently dropped for the final Test of that summer. More recently he was “retired” by England’s new regime, led by Paul Downton and he is no more part of the England national team.
At Lord’s, where the two teams filled up with legends were playing to celebrate 200 years of cricket on this site, Pietersen could not be consoled by his captain for the day, Shane Warne as he was struck by a beamer from his old Australia team-mate, Brett Lee; his hand was broken. Due to which he was therefore unable to continue and lead the Rest of the World side in the field. It was a disappointment for him as well as a packed house, eager for one last glimpse of the great leg-spinner to take the pitch and lead Rest of the world side.
Meanwhile Strauss, a man renowned for the safest pair of hands and most tactical and reasonable with his words, must have been contemplating whether a media career was quite so attractive after all.