Terming the retirement of Kevin Pietersen as a loss to international cricket, ace Australian all-rounder Shane Watson said that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should have handled the former captain's issue differently.
Former England captain Graham Gooch has rubbished Kevin Pietersen's views in his controversial autobiography about former coach Andy Flower and wicketkeeper Matt Prior and also urged England players led by Alastair Cook to break their silence on the issue in a broader manner.
What is a player supposed to do, when despite being the highest scorer for his country in all formats of the game, he is sacked by his board, citing reasons, which are yet to be known? What is a player supposed to do, when his own team-mates create a parody account on Twitter by his name?
Maverick England batsman Kevin Pietersen struggled to get along with coaches of his own team most of his playing career and his quest for a "genuine guru" ended in faraway India where, he says, former captain Rahul Dravid made a lasting impact on his technique.
Autobiographies by former footballer Roy Keane and ex-England cricketer Kevin Pietersen have dominated the headlines this week but the best book England manager Roy Hodgson has read was by former Manchester United manager Dave Sexton.
Denying Kevin Pietersen's claims that a bullying culture had flourished in the England dressing room in recent years, captain Alastair Cook says the maverick cricketer's controversial autobiography has "tarnished" one of the most successful eras for the national team.