Pietersen makes front and back pages after England snub

first_imgBy Mike CollettKevin Pietersen dominated the front and back pages of Britain’s newspapers on Wednesday with many sympathising with the controversial batsman whose England comeback bid has been thwarted by new cricket director Andrew Strauss.The flamboyant South African-born right-hander, who hit a career-best 355 not out for Surrey at The Oval on Tuesday, has said the snub has left him “absolutely devastated”.His former captain Strauss, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s new director of cricket, said there was “massive distrust” between them but Pietersen had notbeen banned.The Guardian’s front page was dominated by a huge photograph of the maverick batsman under the headline ‘Kevin Pietersen 355 not out. Except he is.’The Sun’s back page had the headline ‘Traitors’ with a double page spread headlined ‘Retired .. Hurt’ while the Daily Mirror back page screamed ‘Betrayal’, highlighting Pietersen’s remarks “They say they don’t trust me, but how can anyone trust them?”The incident has also dominated social media discussions.“Anyone else struggling to explain to their nine-year-old that Pietersen isn’t allowed to play for England?” tweeted former England captain Michael Vaughan.Another former captain Nasser Hussain said: “The ECB have shot themselves in the foot again. After the appalling way Peter Moores’ sacking (as coach) was handled, they need to get their act together.”Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith also joined the debate and tweeted “I see the head boy (Strauss) is making English cricket a laughing stock again.”Somerset all-rounder Peter Trego said: “Has ‘trust’ ever won a game of cricket ? I thought it was runs and wickets. Is there a new World Cup of trust England are hoping to win.”The fallout went beyond cricket with former England football skipper Gary Lineker saying “Strauss’ decision seems extraordinarily petty. I have never been in a dressing room where I have liked or even respected everyone. You deal with it.”Broadcaster Piers Morgan, a friend of Pietersen’s, added: “Trust? Trust? I wouldn’t trust Andrew Strauss to run a bath let alone English cricket.”In his column Pietersen, 34, wrote: “I am absolutely devastated that it looks like my hopes of an England recall have been brought to a close, especially given everything that has been said and asked of me.”“They have used the word trust to justify not selecting me, well, trust is a two-way thing.”Pietersen will fly to join Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.Strauss, who fired England coach Peter Moores on Saturday to raise Pietersen’s hopes of a return to the team, explained his thinking at a news conference at Lord’s on Tuesday.“The truth about Kevin is that he is a phenomenal cricketer. But over months and years trust has eroded between Kevin Pietersen and the ECB,” Strauss said.“There is a massive trust issue between me and Kevin.”last_img read more

DONEGAL GAA CLUBS ‘COULD MERGE TO COPE WITH EMIGRATION’

first_imgDONEGAL sporting hero Martin McHugh says he fears smaller GAA clubs in the county may be forced to merge in the future to cope with emigration.The All-Ireland winning player and double All Star was reflecting on how so many young players are now having to leave the county to find work.He says his homeclub Kilcar has always punched above its weight in terms of getting big performances out of a small squad: they won last year’s minor championship with just two substitutes on their bench. Kilcar would always have been susceptible to the affects of a recession.“We are down Barry McGinley and Oisín McFadden, both former county minors,” McHugh said in an interview.“But as it happened, both of them left through choice. We are lucky in that there is work here in Kilcar at the moment (an announcement has just been made for a huge hydro-dam in the area).“But we are never overburdened with players and it is always a concern. “In general, I do think it is worse now than in the 1980s because of the fact that it is not just a recession but the huge debt we are saddled with.“And I think we are going to see a lot of smaller clubs amalgamating in the coming years in order to field teams.”Two years ago Donegal’s then manager John Joe Doherty spoke of his fear his squad would be decimated by players forced to leave to find work.It’s thought eight of the current Donegal squad are unemployed. It’s not known if any have plans to emigrate.The county is being hit by young people leaving – many of them choosing to go to Australia. DONEGAL GAA CLUBS ‘COULD MERGE TO COPE WITH EMIGRATION’ was last modified: February 6th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more