LONDON: Graeme Swann's criticism of Kevin Pietersen in his autobiography has not affected their friendship, insisted England cricket coach Andy Flower but conceded that he would have wanted the off-spinner to wait till retirement before writing such a book.
In his autobiography, Swann had criticised Pietersen's captaincy stint, saying that he was a bad choice to lead England in 2008 and 2009.
Flower praised Pietersen for his "mature handling" of the situation and hoped that such tell-all books are kept for after the retirement.
Asked whether he believes players should wait until retiring to air such revelations in print, he said: "That's my personal opinion, yes."
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"I personally don't think that it's a good idea for current players to be talking about their fellow players," Flower was quoted as saying by 'The Daily Mail'.