I wrote last week about how stupid I thought David Collier had been with his remarks about the South African players goading Kevin Pietersen into sending those Blackberry messages, so it came as no great surprise to me to hear the beeping sound of a reversing vehicle coming out of the ECB earlier this week.
The South Africans were – rightly in my view – demanding an apology and the words ‘legal action’ were been banded around various press reports, maybe it was the latter that provoked the ECB into action.
After bending over backwards to avoid legal disagreements with Pietersen, it seemed fairly unlikely that the ECB were going to be excited at the prospect of a legal dispute coming from elsewhere.
The apology itself seems only half hearted to me. If the South Africans are claiming that they still disagree over what happened (while accepting the apology), that hardly suggests that the ECB took all the accusations back.
It seems remarkable that the ECB are prepared to disagree with Cricket South Africa about the sequence of events involving the blackberry (text) messages without having any proof of what happened, while for so long they didn’t seem prepared to accept Pietersen’s word about them.
They have openly admitted they have never seen the messages, they reluctantly (it would seem) eventually accepted Pietersen’s word about the content of them, despite him deleting them – which would suggest they were damning.
All in all, it really is an amazing turn around.
For me, this is yet another example of the poor management that has been coming out of the ECB over recent months. I know it has been something I have moaned about a lot on here, but it really has been poor and this latest episode of stupidity, backtracking and humiliation just about sums things up.
I had previously thought that the England management had made themselves look as stupid as they possibly could with the Kevin Pietersen affair, but that was before the latest gaffe with remarks made by ECB chief executive David Collier.
For Collier to say that the South Africans provoked Pietersen into sending those messages is totally stupid in my view. Even in the unlikely event that it is true, the ECB can never prove it. It just makes them look stupid and like they are trying to blame someone else for what happened.
Could it be that this a pathetic attempt to smooth Pietersen’s path back into the dressing room? To say to the other players, that it was the South African’s fault what happened? If this is the case, does Collier think that the England players are stupid enough to fall for this?
Does anybody else really believe Collier’s take on things, that the South African’s deliberately set out to take advantage of a rift in the England dressing room and make the split even worse by sending texts to Pietersen, to provoke him into responding in such a negative way about his team mates that they could release the information to the media and cause even more trouble?
Am I naive in thinking that this all sounds a bit far fetched? Personally, I don’t blame the South Africans for not being at all happy about this.
Like I have written above, it just makes England look stupid again. It makes us look like sore losers, that we have to come up with excuses that it wasn’t our fault we imploded.
David Collier doesn’t normally say much. I’m not sure if this is because he is a quiet man, or because he has to be kept quiet because not the most sensible remarks come out of his mouth.
Either way, I can’t really see what this has achieved, True or not (I believe not), it was best not said at all in my opinion.