This must be the season for controversy and what better way to do that in the modern day cricket than through an autobiography. Has Graeme Swann disconcerted the England dressing room with his remarks over Kevin Pietersen?
Graeme Swann, the England spinner, has released his autobiography “The Breaks are off” even as he is still part of the England cricket team. The usually tongue-in-cheek cricketer though made one particular comment about a fellow cricketer that has not gone down well in England’s cricket circles.
Swann and Kevin Pietersen are currently sharing the dressing room as part of the England team playing the ODI series versus India.And Swann’s remarks may have stung Kevin Pietersen although the team management has denied that there has been any tensions as a result of what Swann had to say of Kevin Pietersen’s captaincy.
In the book, Swann made a reference to Kevin Pietersen and claimed he was not a natural leader. Pietersen had only a five month stint as the England captain before his fall out with the England coach, Peter Moores, cost both men their respective jobs. Pietersen has had a few rough months following the loss of captaincy and Swann’s comments were considered ill timed, particularly since Pietersen is back in the England ODI squad although the initial assumption was that after he was left out of the England ODI squad for the home ODI series, he would have no work until the start of the next year.
Swann’s comments have taken some people aback including the England coach, Andy Flower, and Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, who are in the general agreement that player should not be making remarks about one another and that autobiographies would perhaps be best reserved until after their retirement so as not to upset the balance or individuals within the team. Although there has been no reaction from Kevin Pietersen on the subject in the media, that the book has managed to rattle the England cricket fraternity is a clear sign that they are worried of how it would affect some cricketers who need to handled and wrapped in cotton wool.