Pietersen also tried to get Flower ousted

January 9th, 2009 - 2:09 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 9 (ANI): Andy Flower, who is tipped to be the temporary replacement for the sacked Peter Moores, was one of the backroom staff that Kevin Pietersen wanted England to get rid of.

A senior official of the England and Wales Cricket Board said: Pietersen wanted half of them out and certainly Andy Flower. I dont know what he was hoping to achieve but I”ve never encountered an ego quite like it in cricket. He wanted to run the show.

Another management board member said: I did hear that Kevin wanted Andy out.

Flower did not expect to be named as interim coach under Pietersen for the Caribbean trip, but said: I had heard something about this, but not enough to make a comment. I have always had a good relationship with KP, but we have not spoken in the past few days.

A spokesman for Pietersen refused to deny the story last night, The Guardian reported.

The revelation confounds the notion that Pietersen only respects coaches with international standing. While Moores was a moderate county cricketer who was never close to international recognition, Flower was one of the finest players of his time.

One of Moores closest allies, Flower played for Essex between 2002-6 and became Englands assistant coach in May 2007. It was the first big decision Moores made as coach. (ANI)

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