Former England opening batsman Geoff Boycott has slammed Kevin Pietersen for letting his captain Andrew Strauss and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) down with his behaviour.
Boycott said once a player starts disrespecting his captain and his teammates, it is tough to retain such player in the dressing room, even if it is a player of Pietersen's stature and talent.
"Once you start disrespecting the captain outside of the dressing room, then trust breaks down. Obviously, they will try and mend it. Everybody likes Pietersen's talent and his wonderful batting, but you have to separate his talent, his ability, from the team situation," PakPassion.com quoted Boycott, as saying.
"There's a bigger issue here than how many runs Pietersen scores or, how good a player he is. If he was a lesser player, they would have probably sacked him straight away," he added.
"You have to support the team, the leader, everyone. You have to buy into that team ethos," he said.
Boycott added: "In this instance, that has gone out of the window, and what's made it worse and almost irretrievable, is Pietersen has "done it" to the opposition. Have a drink with the opposition, there's nothing wrong with that - there's always been good camaraderie in cricket, but you do not let things out which would hurt the team or any individual within the team."
"Whether Pietersen is a good batsman or not is totally irrelevant in this matter. The ECB and Andrew Strauss have every right to be upset about this matter, and I feel that Pietersen has let Strauss and the ECB down and this issue will not go away easily, and Pietersen's participation on the tour of India later this year is hanging in the balance," he concluded. (ANI)