Currently with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League 2016-17, Kevin Pietersen is limited to featuring in T20 Leagues only. The former England skipper recently expressed his discontent over the way Cricket Australia has been managing the league. With the ongoing BBL, Australia is also hosting Pakistan for a tour. This has made a lot of big names miss out on the tournament.
Selectors have chosen the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Adam Zampa and James Faulkner after they played in the first four games of BBL. They’ve also added all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and batsman Pete Handscomb to the ODI team.
Pietersen spoke about this issue and said it was ‘bitterly disappointing’ that some players who were signed on to play won’t be available for crucial matches only to sit in their hotel rooms preparing for another game. In an interview with Fox Sports, he said, “I just find it bitterly disappointing that a guy can’t play in a fixture for us, which is a big fixture, to be sitting in a hotel room.”
He also talked about Stoinis not being able to play for Steve Smith’s Stars. He said, “I flew to Bloemfontein in South Africa in between two Test matches a couple of months ago to actually play. Stoinis might not even play (for Australia tomorrow). He certainly would (tonight) and I find it bitterly disappointing that he can’t play for the Stars. We were told he was going to play and now he’s been pulled out of our set up. I don’t understand the reasons. I find it strange and on a personal level I’m disappointed.”
The two players are extremely fond of each other and have developed a bond over the course of the tournament. He went on to say that the two share insights regarding the game. “I’ll tell him what I was thinking and he says what he would’ve been thinking in that situation. It’s trying to fast-track development. He’s a legend”, he said.
The batsman also conducted a poll on Twitter asking his fans to vote on who they consider the stars of the Australian Summer.
Quick poll as the competition between international & franchise cricket continues to heat up. Who are the stars of Aus summer?
— KP (@KP24) January 16, 2017