Sydney, Mar 19 ANI | 2 years ago

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has said that the World Twenty20 tournament is a 'poorer event' without sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen and urged the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to rethink their decision to axe him.

Watson is a fan of Pietersen and was surprised and disappointed like many others to see the international career of the South Africa-born batsman end prematurely following England's miserable Ashes tour of Australia.

According to, Watson is sad to see his old foe leave the world stage and said that it is a shame that Pietersen is not playing international cricket anymore as the batsman had always been one of his favourite players to watch, adding that Pietersen was a world-class player and England will miss his cricket ability.

Watson further said that the World T20 loses a bit for Pietersen's absence, adding the fact that he is missing from a tournament makes it poorer for that.

A return to England colours seems highly unlikely for Pietersen, with events such as a recent Twitter spat with Matthew Prior suggesting that the situation is irretrievable, but Watson thinks the arrival of a new head coach this summer offers some hope.

(Posted on 20-03-2014)

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