Discarded England batsman Kevin Pietersen has begun his campaign for a return to international cricket after Alastair Cook stepped down from the captaincy post on Monday.
— KP (@KP24) February 6, 2017
Contrary to what the majority of cricket fraternity feels for Cook’s decision to hang his captaincy boots, Kevin Pietersen seems excited, majorly after the room for his comeback has opened a bit, in his likeliness. On his twitter handle, the former England captain initiated a hashtag reading, ‘#BringBackKP.
Given the history between these two stalwarts of England cricket, it’s nothing less than being sour. The right-handed batsman has been out of the game since 2013/14 Ashes in Australia and has been kept out on disciplinary basis. On his exclusion from the side, a lot was said and written too, but his cold relations with then captain Alastair Cook spoiled his chances of retaining his place in the side.
After a dismal show in Australia, a commission was being set for discussing what all went wrong for the visitors. In the report submitted, it was revealed that rift between the senior players, which included the name of Kevin Pietersen also, and the captain had much to do with side’s slump.
Going back an year before that, KP was involved in an altercation with opener and captain Andrew Strauss, where he was believed to have leaked inside information to his Delhi Daredevils team-mate Morne Morkel. The 36-year-old came under scrutiny and was left on a warning, but his casual behavior as per the ECB led to his downfall and eventually his omission from Three Lions squad from then on.