Pietersen terms Schofield report a ~~load of nonsense~~

Published: Saturday, June 2, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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London:England middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen has rubbished Schofield report as 'nonsense' and said the presence of families in tours can never become a hindrace to any individual cricketers' performance.

The report, compiled by former golf administrator Ken Schofield at the request of England and Wales Cricket Board in reaction to England's 5-0 Ashes drubbing, recommended a limit to the time cricketers spend with their wives and girlfriends (WAGS) during overseas tours.

However, the world number one ODI batsman did not seemed to agree with Schofield's findings and described it as 'a load of nonsense'.

''I'm a really, really firm believer that this is a load of nonsense,'' said Pietersen, who is engaged to the Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor.

''I'm more keen than anything to have Jessica with me as much as I can. Jess doesn't influence the way I perform on a cricket field and it has never been a hindrance at all -- it's a case of the families are there for you, to support you and help you,'' he was quoted by The Guardian as saying.

''When you go on big tours and you're away from home so much, the best thing in the world, whether I've scored a hundred or haven't had a good day, is to come home and to be with your partner,'' he added.

The 26-year-old South African-born Englishman further criticised the findings and cited their Caribbean World Cup outing as example where they faired poorly inspite of the absence of WAGS.

''When we played in the World Cup our partners weren't with us for a month and we didn't win a game,'' he mantained.

''I think it's just ridiculous that they say that partners were a problem. I don't think a report will have any say on a situation like that because it's our personal preferences and our personal joy and happiness, and you can't take that away from us,'' he added.


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