Pietersen calls Stanford sleazebag

February 22nd, 2009 - 10:10 pm ICT by IANS  

London,Feb 22 (IANS) Former England captain Kevin Pietersen Sunday called American billionaire Allan Stanford a “sleazebag” and said he has no regrets that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has terminated their contract with him.
The ECB decided to sever all ties with Stanford after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) levelled charges against him in America. It accuses the Texas billionaire and financier of masterminding a fraud totalling $9.2 billion in value.

England players will lose out financially after the collapse of the lucrative Twenty20 deal but Pietersen is not unhappy about the end of the relationship.

“Stanford was a sleazebag. I was very uncomfortable with the whole Stanford thing,” Pietersen was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.

Pietersen had a deal with Stanford to promote the infamous winner-takes-all clash between England and the Stanford Superstars in November, which ended in an embarrassing defeat for England.

“It was not that I was captain at the time. It was an uncomfortable situation of everybody thinking the England team had been sold.”

“With the financial state of the world, people were talking about money instead of cricket,” Pietersen said.

“Those kind of things just didn’t seem right to me, so it’s not a bad thing we are not going to have that tournament any more.”

“I was an ambassador for Stanford - a player face - but that contract has gone,” he said.

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