Michael Atherton’s Career Would Have Been Ruined if Social Media Existed in the 90’s
Former English batsman Kevin Pietersen is of the opinion that former England skipper Michael Atherton’s career would have been ‘ruined” by a tampering scandal had social media existed in the 1990’s.
Atherton was reported for using dirt in his pocket to alter the condition of the ball during the Lord’s Test against South Africa in 1994. He was criticized but ultimately he remained at the helm of England.
However, it hasn’t been the same during the latest ball-tampering scandal including the Australian cricketers.
Former captain and vice-captain Steve Smith and David Warner have been suspended to play any cricket under CA.
While Smith has been suspended to lead an Australian side in the next two years. Warner won’t get any leadership post in the past.
“Seeing Steve Smith crying on TV the other day, I really felt for him and the others caught up in the Australian ball-tampering controversy,” Pietersen wrote in the Spectator.
“They’ve made mistakes, but the whole thing has shown the power of social media. The anger and the animosity from the Australian public, and the global community wouldn’t have been as severe without Twitter and Facebook.
“If social media had been around for Mike Atherton’s ball-tampering scandal in 1994, he would have been ruined.”
Pietersen was ousted from the English team in 2014 after he was told that his services were no longer required.
Kevin Pietersen said that he was surprised to know that Andrew Strauss called him the best cricketer he had played with.
“Still, I was flabbergasted to read Andrew Strauss say I was the best cricketer he’d played with,” he said. “He was the one who made me stop!A couple of my buddies were fuming, but I laughed and told them not to worry about it. There’s so much water under the bridge now. It’s gone.”
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