Champions League T20

Ironic setting as KP returns

2012-10-12 20:34
Kevin Pietersen (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - South Africa will be the ironic setting Saturday when controversial England batsman Kevin Pietersen returns to action, playing for Delhi Daredevils in the Champions League Twenty20 competition.

Pietersen is hugely unpopular in his homeland -- judged by radio talk show comments this week -- after claims that South African players provoked him into sending messages critical of his England teammates during a recent Test series.

The text-message storm during the second of three Tests in England led to the 32-year-old being dumped by his adopted country and missing the World Twenty20 championship in Sri Lanka.

No sooner had England and Pietersen mended relations last week than a new storm broke with England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier alleging South African players trapped the batsman into texting messages.

"Absolute rubbish," said Cricket South Africa acting chief executive Jacques Faul, and the national cricket players' association demanded an apology with Proteas Test skipper Graeme Smith to the fore.

"We talk a lot about values and our approach to the game. We play hard but we play fair and any suggestion that we did this as a tactic is totally unwarranted and unnecessary," said Smith.

Pietersen is desperate to put the controversy behind him and get back to scoring runs, starting with an all-India group fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders at SuperSport Park in Centurion on the Johannesburg-Pretoria highway.

Daredevils are coached by former South Africa Test bowler Eric Simons and the 15-man squad includes Morne Morkel, part of the South Africa team that defeated England 2-0 to become the No 1 ranked Test nation.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

LIVE: SA v Australia

42 minutes ago

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Which of the two SA sides in the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 will progress furthest in the tournament?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.