It looks like Andrew Strauss is not going to be hesitant to make any decision in his new role as the England chief.
There were talks that Strauss will not be able to work ruthlessly.
But, with his handling of the Kevin Pietersen matter, Strauss has shown that he is not worried about public opinion and he would do what he thinks is in the best interests of the England team.
It would have been very hard for Strauss to call Pietersen and tell him straight on his face that he’s not the guy who is to be trusted and thus, there’s no chance at all for him to be given a recall as far as the international Cricket is concerned.
Pietersen had just smashed more than 300 runs versus Leicestershire and the entire media was hyping him. The pressure was immense on Strauss and ECB to take him in consideration for the New Zealand series.
But, Strauss was very clear what he wanted to do and straightaway after taking the charge, he set up a meeting with Pietersen and made him aware of the situation.
Of course, people will have different things to say on this. Some might think that Strauss took personal grudges into account when he made the call.
But, at least he had the courage to make the call and he was brave enough to come out in the press and explain everything. Read more »