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TV pundit role for axed KP

2012-08-24 10:01

New Delhi - Axed England batsman Kevin Pietersen will work as a television pundit during next month's World Twenty20, raising the prospect of him commenting on his estranged former team-mates, the event's broadcaster said on Friday.

The South Africa-born star was dropped from England's Test side this month and not picked for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka after sending "provocative" text messages allegedly criticising England Test captain Andrew Strauss.

England coach Andy Flower has spoken of "unresolved" issues of trust and respect, with Pietersen reported to be at odds with a number of players in the dressing room as well as Strauss.

The ESPN-Star Sports network, the host broadcasters of the World Twenty20, said Pietersen, 32, will be part of its presentation and analysis team for the September 18-October 7 event.

"We're delighted that one of the biggest names is part of our team and look forward to hearing the insights of someone who knows the format and knows the current stars inside out," ESPN-Star Sports managing director Peter Hutton said in a statement.

Pietersen was the man of the tournament when England won the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean - the first time they had lifted a major piece of International Cricket Council silverware.

The statement quoted Pietersen saying that he was "excited about working with ESPN-Star Sports (and) watching England defend their title."

He will also play a role in the publicity and promotion of the competition ahead of the tournament, the network added.

AFP

Comments
  • shawnholten - 2012-08-24 10:29

    Good for you KP... hopefully we can get a feed on the commentary in SA

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-08-25 15:58

      I think he'll be very good. With the exception of Shane Warne, none of the current commentators played T20 competitively. So guys like Danny Morrison, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Michael Holding, Polly, Atherton et al are all talking about a form of cricket they didn't experience at the top level. KP has been there, done that, so he should have some good insights to share.

  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-08-24 10:54

    he will probably send 'provacative texts' to other networks, dissing espn lol.

  • dave.gray.549221 - 2012-08-24 10:57

    Thank goodness we wont hear him. Thought we were rid of him

      jdeegan1 - 2012-08-24 11:15

      the more the media pamper to him, the more arrogant he becomes

      bnbclub - 2012-08-24 22:26

      would rather hear from someone who has been there , done that, cant handle that SS2 commentator Pomme whatever, he is an embarassment, his guests usually are way more informed than him, esp the put on accent.

  • sabiha.lockhat - 2012-08-24 11:43

    who really cares cos Kp loses his respect when he is not loyal to his country, He comes across as an arrogant selfish person who likes fame and glory ,he should learn from Graeme smith no matter what the criticism Smith stayed stuck with CSA .

  • raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-24 13:40

    Great! Now we will have to listen to him telling us how good he is and how the whole of England must be going mad at the prospect of not seeing him bat.

  • jason.aereboe - 2012-08-24 13:41

    This oke is a great marketing TOOL...gonna be funny hearing him speak in his fake twang...

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