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Allan Lamb exclusive: Blame the management, not Pietersen

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Former England batsman Allan Lamb, speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, has blamed England’s management for the way that they handled the sacking of star man Kevin Pietersen.

Lamb believes England were unable to manage the batsman properly, and it is the ECB who should shoulder the blame for the very public fall out rather than Pietersen himself.

“I think the blame is on the management for not handling the things right,” said Lamb. “Every player should be able to be managed but somehow I think they couldn’t manage Pietersen. 

“With a guy like that, with his character, you can’t bring him on board with the management team. I think that was the problem, they just let him float, then he got upset with one or two people, disrupted the team and then his attitude for the last two or three test matches was very poor.

“With an attitude like that and the way he performed he’ll never play for England again. There’s different things you can point at but I just feel like they could have handled the situation a lot better."

The former Northamptonshire captain shares a South African connection with the ousted Pietersen, with both being born there but choosing to play their international cricket for England.

Pietersen played his last match for England in the crushing 5-0 defeat in the Ashes over the winter. Since then he has featured in this year's IPL, captaining the Delhi Daredevils to last place in the tournament.

The 33-year-old has since apologised to Delhi fans for the performances of the team under his leadership, while he will return to feature on home turf this week for Surrey. Pietersen will be available for Surrey for the remainder of the county season, and may appear in the Natwest T20 Blast against Middlesex at the Oval on Friday.

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