(12th August 2012,Cricturf) : ECB has yet again proven that England Cricket is bigger than the player regardless of the magnitude of success the player can bring to the table. ECB has continuously been able to maintain a strict policy towards player’s commitment and availability to national selection. Perhaps ECB is the only governing body in Cricket of all Test playing nations which maintains the will-power to make demands to the player rather than the player making demands.
England's flamboyant batsman Kevin Pietersen states that he regrets the way he handled his last press conference at Headingly which lead to many speculations and assumptions in the media of a possible premature retirement for the star batsman’s career. In a video released by him he further claims that the IPL is not anymore the big elephant in the room as he will be available for England selections for all formats of the game. One may say its Pietersen who rather came in terms of the ECB’s demands than ECB making way to Petersen’s. But one way or another Pietersen has realized that playing and winning matches for his country is far greater a feeling than signing lucrative deals with franchises that has names which he could only pronounce awkwardly.
At the end of the day Pietersen's certainty in forthcoming England schedules makes Cricket the winner. Pietersen, on his day is the most colorful and the deadliest batsman to watch in the modern day Cricket. Pietersen himself grades his two centurion innings in the P Sara Oval, Colombo against Sri Lanka and in Headingly last week against his native South Africa as the best innings he has ever played so far in his career. Pieterson's technique is utterly unique and endlessly rich as much as a full length delivery could be driven on the up, along the ground for a boundary. There are only a few batsmen in modern day Cricket who will make you forget which team you actually support and make you spell bounded to his own game. Pietersen is unanimously one of that rare breed.
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