No grudge against Kevin Pietersen – Matt Prior

Krishna Chopra / 13 June 2015

Matt Prior, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, said that he didn’t hold any grudges towards his former teammate Kevin Pietersen. Ever since Pietersen was axed from the England setup in January 2014, there was some serious discomfort between him and Prior. As per sources, the two South African born English cricketers also had several confrontations within the dressing room.

Later, Pietersen, in his autobiography stated that Prior was a bully and labeled him “The Big Cheese”. The flamboyant Pietersen also said that Prior was a backstabber and had a negative influence on the team environment. However, when the wicketkeeper announced his retirement, Pietersen soon felicitated him on Twitter for a fine career.

Recently, Prior was quoted saying, “It was a very tough time, to hear things said about you and hear yourself described a certain way, which you didn’t recognise and your team-mates didn’t recognise, was tough to deal with.” “But I’m not the kind of person to hold grudges. It’s time for everyone to move on.”

“Kevin tweeted me on Thursday, which was a very nice touch,” added Prior, who represented England in 79 Test matches.

Former England wicketkeeper and Surrey coach Alec Stewart said, “You don’t want to read those type of things from within a dressing room about someone I have huge respect for in Matt, and I have huge respect for Kevin as well.” “I hope in the future they can shake hands, have a cheese sandwich and get on with life as it should be, as two former team-mates.”

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