Kolkata, Feb 10 IBNS | 9 months ago

Kevin Pietersen's England career came to a disastrous end, owing to the total loss of trust between him and the team management, claimed the former English captain Andrew Strauss.

The England Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the end of Kevin Pietersen's association with England earlier this week, citing a need for new team ethic and philosophy after 5-0 consecutive Test defeat against Australia.

The ECB is yet to explain fully regarding the jettison of KP, but Strauss believes that the only reason was the inevitable consequence of breaking a trust.

In a local British newspaper, Strauss goes on to state, "Without trust, the team environment is stillborn. This is only the reason why Pietersen's international career came crashing."

Strauss said, "The media have been searching for 'smoking gun'. Each and everyone is looking for a disciplinary problem, bust ups and character clashes, but they are looking for the wrong things. The smoking gun is the total absence of trust."

Strauss identified KP's dismissal as England Captain five years ago as the beginning of the breakdown.

He also noted the effort to reintegrate South African batsman into the team after he was found to have sent derogatory text message against KP to the opposition players.

On Pietersen's role in the recent Ashes whitewash, Strauss added, "What happened in Australia from November onwards when the heat of the furnace was fixed on the embattled side, was that the old grievance that came back to the surface."

"Past history weighted too heavily and trust still does not exist. KP relationship with ECB was like illicit affair, full of thriller and excitement but destined to end in tears," he noted.

(Posted on 10-02-2014)

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