New Delhi: They say, what's in a name. Yes, there's a heck lot in it. But what about an image? It, probably, has lot more. Because, a picture is worth a thousand words. That's how former England batsman Kevin Pietersen found himself mincing words, asking himself if he should be happy or not when a Bangladesh-based newspaper used his image in a piece on Alviro Petersen, who was charged for match fixing. A grand mess-up.
Pietersen, 36, took to Twitter to express his disappointment after his photo was attached alongside a newspaper article about former South African batsman Petersen's sensational match-fixing news.
Hmmmmmm!!!! Not quite sure I'm all that happy with my image being used under this headline!!! What paper is this?????? pic.twitter.com/8fEkaMRt0B
— KP (@KP24) November 14, 2016
A perturbed KP also wanted to know about the newspaper which carried the news, and by his words, he is neither proud to be associated with a news item which reads, "I'm not a fixer".
Pietersen has had many run-ins with the establishment and courted controversies during his England days, but he certainly was not to be quoted for fixing.
KP last played for England in the 2013-14 Ashes series and the subsequent ODIs.
Interestingly, Pietersen, like Petersen was born in South Africa, and with a similar sounding names, there out to be some confusion. But again, mistaking a former England captain with a regular batsman from another team is certainly embarrasing, to say the least.
Yesterday, Petersen rejected a Cricket South Africa (CSA) charge that he fixed matches in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Series last season.
"Alviro has never fixed a match, agreed to fix a match or contrived to fix a match. "He has never sought, accepted, agreed to accept or received any bribe or other reward to fix or contrive to fix a match," his lawyer said in a statement.
The 35-year-old captain of the Johannesburg-based Highveld Lions was charged Saturday with multiple breaches of the CSA anti-corruption code and provisionally barred from any involvement with the sport.
According to reports, the newspaper in questioned, the Dhaka Tribune issued an apology to KP saying, "We offer our sincerest apologies to @KP24 for using his photo incorrectly in a news."