Harmison urges Moores and Pietersen to resolve differences

January 6th, 2009 - 1:45 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan.6 (ANI): England fast bowler Stephen Harmison has said that he would like coach Peter Moores and skipper Kevin Pietersen to resolve their differences sooner than later, as that will be good for the England team.
Moores, the head coach, and Pietersen, the captain, are set for crisis talks this week with Moores’’s job understood to be on the line.
They have got to get their heads together and have a chat and sort out the issues, The Independent quoted Harmison, as saying.
It’’s about the England cricket team - not Peter Moores or Kevin Pietersen. It’’s not ideal because we are at the start of an Ashes summer, but we don”t want it to go on and on with what we”ve got coming over the next nine months. They have got to be in harmony because otherwise they will drift the team farther apart. If there is a problem, it needs to be sorted sooner rather than later, he added. An announcement on the future of Moores is expected this week and Hugh Morris, the England managing director, is talking through the options with David Collier, the ECB chief executive.
The ECB board must ratify any decision. The 12 members may be summoned for an emergency sitting or special conference call, with the next scheduled meeting as distant as January 21, which also happens to be the date of England’’s departure for the tour to the West Indies.
If Moores does lose his job, he may rue his failure to play the political game, according to the man who succeeded him at Sussex.
Mark Robinson, who took charge as cricket manager at Hove in 2005 when Moores left to run the ECB’’s National Academy, believes that his friend and one-time colleague could still work with Pietersen.
Robinson, who has exchanged e-mails with Moores since news broke of the divide at the heart of the national team, said: I know that all Pete cares about is what is best for the team, he just wants people to go out there all together and win. Everything he does is with the team in mind. He has no ego.
Ray Illingworth, whose experience includes spells as England coach, captain and chairman of selectors, fears for Moores. The captain has to be the main person,
Illingworth said. It is a clash of personalities and someone has to make a decision as to which one goes.
David Lloyd, who followed Illingworth as coach in 1997, offered an old-fashioned solution.
They need to be taken into a dark room and told to sort it out. I”m struggling to understand Pietersen’’s problem with Moores in the first place, he said.
Lloyd suggested that Moores, if forced out, might be interested in the job as Lancashire first-team coach, which became available when Mike Watkinson was moved into a new role as director of cricket.
Moores, who lives in the East Midlands, was born and raised in nearby Macclesfield. (ANI)

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