It would be sad if Moores is relieved at Pietersens behest

January 5th, 2009 - 1:48 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 5 (ANI): It would indeed be a sad day for cricket if England coach Peter Moores is relieved of his position at skipper Kevin Pietersens behest, who has maintained that he is unable to form a constructive working relationship with the latter.

Hugh Morris, the Managing Director of the England cricket team, is in danger of setting an extremely dangerous precedent this week should he decide to sack Moores.

Pietersen spoke on Sunday for the first time about his ongoing rift with Moores, The Independent reported.

Obviously the situation is not healthy. We have to make sure it is settled as soon as possible and certainly before we fly off to the West Indies in three weeks time. Everything has to be hunky dory, everybody has to have the same aims and pull in the same direction for the good of the England team, said Pietersen.

Pietersen and Moores are reportedly continents apart, not just in birth, but also in their views on cricket and life, the paper said.

When Pietersen was named captain in August 2008, both claimed they asked for a clear the air meeting before making their final decision and the lack of time each has for the other was noticeable to everyone within the England set-up on the recent tour of India.

The row and its inevitable fall-out could undermine a huge year for English cricket. In the next 12 months, England will play the West Indies twice, compete for the Ashes and the Twenty20 world cup, as well as play several other important Test and limited-over series, The Independent said.

There are many in the England set-up who like Moores and favour the coaching staff he has put in place. Pietersen, who sidestepped Moores, his line manager, and complained to Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, has treated the coach shabbily.

If Pietersen gets his way, as it appears he will, should the next England coach be rubber-stamped by him? It would be a ridiculous decision because it will be nigh on impossible to find someone who can work with and satisfy Pietersen on a daily basis. (ANI)

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