Petersen thanks ECB for putting an end to his career

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Kevin Peterson
Kevin Peterson

Petersen thanks ECB for putting an end to his career

South African-born former English batsman Kevin Pietersen has thanked the England Cricket Board (ECB) and its officials for sacking him in the aftermath of Ashes in 2013-14.

Speaking about the trying times in his family during his playing days Pietersen said, “England did me a favour in sacking me in 2014 because it has helped me with my relationship with my kids no end. I didn’t want to be a lousy dad.”

He added, “For the birth of my son Dylan in 2010 I had to fly back from playing in the Caribbean, see him being born then get a helicopter to Gatwick the next day to play in a semi-final for England. I was absent. Jess has been a rock to me but we’ve had tough times.”

While playing international cricket, Kevin found himself away on England duty up to 10 months a year, putting a strain on him and Jessica who he married in 2007.

Pietersen explained, “I was under strict protocols. They tell you where you have be, you have to ask to do this and that. I had the best time playing for England. I wouldn’t live here if I didn’t love England.”

“There have been hurdles. I was under the microscope. That massive fallout I had with England raised my profile and assisted and enabled me to turn a bad thing into a good thing,” he concluded.