Boycott says the ECB must be ‘genuine’ with Pietersen…
Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott says the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) must not mislead Kevin Pietersen about a potential recall to the England side.
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New ECB chairman Colin Graves hinted that the door was still ajar for Pietersen a year after he was unceremoniously sacked following England’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash at the hands of Australia during the 2013-14 summer.
Graves stated that the South African-born batsman would be considered for selection if he performed well in County cricket.
By playing the red ball game during the English domestic season, it would mean Pietersen would have to significantly downgrade his commitments in the Indian and Caribbean T20 Premier Leagues to stand any chance of gaining an England recall.
Boycott told BBC Radio the ECB must be genuine in their new-found stance of Pietersen and not lead the star batsman on.
“It says to me that Kevin needs to get a meeting with Colin Graves as soon as possible,” Boycott is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“It needs to be put clearly to him that if he does well in county cricket then there is going to be a genuine – and I mean genuine – change of heart and they are going to put bygones to one side.
“If Kevin is going to give up a lucrative IPL contract (to play county cricket) and (England) are still not going to pick him, that’s leading him on, isn’t it? And that’s not fair.”
Pietersen took to Twitter to announce his intention to work his way back into the England side.
Incredibly humbling how supportive you’ve all been since the news broke yesterday from Mr Colin Graves. Gonna try work this out for sure! ✌️
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 2, 2015