London: Piers Morgan, the former British journalist turned CNN chat-show host, has criticized the ECB’s decision to drop Kevin Pietersen for the Lord’s Test while alleging that England players were part of the parody Twitter account that agitated Pietersen.
Pietersen, Man of the Match in the draw at Headingley last week, was axed from England’s Test squad after he allegedly sent derogatory text messages to South African cricketers about his team-mates. Morgan was critical of this move, terming the ECB as 'hypocrites'. "Our best player plays the innings of his life - and gets dropped for a crucial Test. Yep, makes sense. What a bunch of clowns," he tweeted. "ECB love @kevinpp24 being bold, brash and arrogant on-field. Sells tickets. But want him to be a shy, retiring yes-man off it. Hypocrites."
But Morgan, the former News of the World editor and Mail on Sunday columnist, could have stirred up a hornet’s nest with is tweets about two of Pietersen’s team-mates being behind the lampooning account. The identify of the individual who created a Pietersen parody Twitter account has been revealed as one Richard Bailey, a scientist from Nottingham. Bailey, whose personal Twitter handle is @Bailsthebadger, apologized on the micro-blogging site.
Morgan’s response was swift. "Hearing shocking claims about who was behind that humiliating parody Kevin Pietersen Twitter account. May have to investigate further," he tweeted. A while later, he added: "So the KP parody account culprit @Bailsthebadger has confessed - and he's VERY good friends with Broad, Swann etc. Over to you Mr Flower. I wonder if @Bailsthebadger knows anything about that KP parody account? He is, after all, close pals with several top England cricketers.
The tweeting continued: "Interesting - @bailsthebadger is suddenly protecting his tweets. Wonder what he's trying to hide? Any ideas, Broady @StuartBroad8? Presumably, any England players found to have been involved, directly or indirectly, with the parody KP account, would be dropped, too?"
The ECB has not commented on the matter yet.