Islamabad: Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent has said England’s star batsman Kevin Pietersen’s decision to quit the limited over formats to concentrate on Test cricket should be respected by everyone, as no one knows the exact reason behind his decision.
Vincent, who last played international cricket in December 2007, said that it is an opportunity for some other English batsman to grab the chance and replace Pietersen.
“To be fair, you never know what goes on behind closed doors. He’s obviously made his decision to concentrate on test cricket and perhaps being a freelance Twenty20 player around the world. Who knows,” Vincent said during an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net.
“You have to respect what he’s done, and I’m sure the next person that comes into the England team will make sure they take that opportunity and take that spot,” he added.
Vincent added that it’s a player’s individual choice whether he decides to play for his country or play as a free lancer in various domestic league formats like Chris Gayle.
The 33-year old batsman said there is nothing wrong in making big money by playing in various cricket leagues, as a player has to make maximum money for his living before he ultimately retires.
“I think for the top guns it’s an opportunity, absolutely. You look at Chris Gayle and what he’s made in the last few years. The New Zealand guys have got to make big decisions as to whether they stay on and play for New Zealand for the tour to England,” Vincent said.
“Some of those guys have got to make the tough decisions whether they play for country or money in the bank. I have respect both ways. Guys have to make as much money as they can before they retire,” he added.
First Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 20:46