You may have heard, but there are a number of high-profile sportsman releasing autobiographies this week. One of them being South African-born batsman Kevin Pietersen who has revealed all about his side of the story regarding the relationship he had with his England team-mates and the ECB.
The 34-year-old was speaking ahead of the release on the Clare Balding Show on BT Sport, discussing many topics which feature heavily in his new book, which goes on sale today (October 9).
One of the main talking points not just on the show, but one that has featured in the national media, is the leaking of a damning five-page dossier created by the ECB, exposing Pietersen as a hypocrite and a divisive influence.
He has used his autobiography to highlight a 'bullying culture' amongst the England team, naming a number of senior players who he says had taken part in such incidents, while in the report he is said to have described the environment in the very same dressing room as 'the best environment I've ever experienced'.
Speaking to Balding, the right-handed batsman said: "I think there are times in your life where you shoot yourselves in the foot and I don’t think the ECB helped themselves last night. It’s embarrassing what happened last night, it’s not something I really want to give much air time to.
“When you’re dealing with dinosaurs that don’t understand social media they are going to shoot themselves in the foot and they’ve done it.”
England's 'bullying culture'?
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has spoken out about witnessing first-hand many England players 'bullying' one-another. Bowlers Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Graeme Swann are three of the main culprits, who alleged rage and swear at any fielder that makes a mistake or drops a catch, something all three have strongly denied.
Regarding those allegations and Ponting's comments, KP said: “You write books like this when you’ve got evidence to back it up and you’ve got people who are prepared to back it up. I haven’t even spoken to Punter [Ricky Ponting].
"When I woke up this morning and I saw this, one of the greatest cricketers to have ever played the game, how do you think he views it when he’s in the opposition and he’s seeing team mates abuse each other and bully each other on a cricket field, how do you reckon it feels for the individuals that are going through it in the dressing room.
"I’ve been speaking to the coach about it for years.”
“I was never popular with the clique in the dressing room, since the IPL," he adds.
Hopeful of England future
He has spoken about his desire to play test cricket for England again, but only if there is an overhaul of some of the top people running the ECB.
“Six months’ time, you never know, there could be a change at the top, I live in hope. And one day I hope to be able to play Test cricket again. If I got the call now, I’d leave your show," the Surrey batsman explained.
It may be a long time before we ever uncover the real truth from behind-the-scenes at the ECB and England dressing room. But there's certainly been a lot of of outrage and offence taken by players picked out by Pietersen as being a 'bully'.
I'm sure the saga will rumble on for many weeks to come.
Kevin Pietersen was speaking on The Clare Balding Show. To see the full interview watch BT Sport 1 from 8pm on Thursday 9th October.
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