Kevin Pietersen claims ‘bullying culture’ in England dressing room in his autobiography
The autobiography of Kevin Pietersen has drawn several controversies. Recently, another controversy on it has risen.
In the book, the former England batsman mentioned that Matt Prior’s influence in the team was a kind of disruptive and he also stated that the former coach of the England team, Andy Flower ruled by fear.
He also said that his exclusion from the England national squad was not at all fair and he told that he was “marginalised and demonised”.
Infact, Pietersen even mentioned that the English dressing room was not at all friendly and it completely lacked team spirit. The new book of Pietersen is set to be published on Thursday.
Former teammate of Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann regarded his book as “codswallop”.
Pietersen has also hit out on the facts that there used to be “horrendous bullying” in the team during his days.
He also mentioned that the dressing room was dysfunctional and factional and he held Andy Flower responsible for that. He also stated that Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad forced players to apologize to them if they dropped a catch on their deliveries. He accused Matt Prior of being a backstabber and spreading conflict among the team members. Pietersen even claims that it was Matt Prior who used to build bad environment in the team.
He also expressed his dissatisfaction about Andy Flower. According to him, Flower was never a good coach and he forced the players to follow him blindly. It was a kind of regime.
After England’s humiliating loss in Australia, Pietersen was excluded from the squad and he was even forced to take retirement from international cricket at the age of 34. In his career, Pietersen scored 8181 runs in 104 tests and also he captained England in 3 tests.
To sum up things, here is a list of Pietersen’s views on England set-up:
On former coach Andy Flower: “He built a regime, he didn’t build a team. I’ve told him this before. I told him during his coaching reign.”
On wicketkeeper and former vice-captain Matt Prior: “He’s back-stabbing, he’s horrendous, he’s bad for the environment.”
On senior players such as Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad: “The bowlers were given so much power. But these guys ran the dressing room.”
On learning of a parody Twitter account of him: “I got told by a senior player that the account was being run from inside our dressing room. I was completely broken, absolutely finished, mentally shot.”
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