‘Pietersen is holding England to ransom’

Kevin Pietersen is holding England to ransom by threatening to quit Test cricket,according to former captain Bob Willis

Written by Reuters | London | Published:August 9, 2012 12:18 am

Kevin Pietersen is holding England to ransom by threatening to quit Test cricket,according to former captain Bob Willis.

“It’s a mess,” Willis told Sky Sports television. “He’s clearly got his nose severely out of joint by not being included in England’s initial squad of 30 for the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September. But he also wants to play fully in the IPL (Indian Premier League) which clashes directly with England’s home series with New Zealand next May. He wants to earn his $2.5 million and he is holding England to ransom.”

Pietersen announced his retirement from all one-day internationals in May but a month later said he still hoped to play in the Twenty20 World Cup.

He explained that he did not really want to quit Twenty20 internationals but his England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) contract did not allow him to pick and choose between 50 and 20-over cricket. “It’s tough being me,playing for England,” the 32-year-old told reporters. “It’s absolutely 100 percent not about money … there are clear things that I’m discussing but there are other issues that need to be sorted.”

Lucrative contract

PIETERSEN said part of his discussions centre on his participation in the IPL where he has a lucrative contract with the Delhi Daredevils. Pietersen,whose century at Leeds was his 21st in Test cricket,passed 7,000 test runs on Saturday.

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