England will miss match-winner Pietersen: Gooch

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Published: Saturday, June 9, 2012, 13:50 [IST]
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Pietersen will be missed, says Gooch

Birmingham, Jun 9: England batting coach Graham Gooch has admitted that it is far from easy to find a replacement for the talented Kevin Pietersen who announced his retirement from limited overs cricket last week.

"Kevin is a superb player for England in all forms of the game. He's a great entertainer, he's a box-office player that excites the cricketing public, not only in this country but around the world.

Gooch stressed on the fact that a batsman of Pietersen's caliber will surely be missed.

"So, before you ask me is he going to be missed?, sure he's going to be missed because any player who's capable of winning a match is going to be missed by a team."

While there are speculations about Pietersen's retirement, rumours suggest that his England and Wales Cricket Board's contract prevented him from just concentrating on T20s as his preferred format of the game, which forced him to retire from both the limited overs formats in order to focus purely on the longer version of the game.

Pietersen decided to call it quits due to an increasingly crowded international schedule coupled with the cash-rich Indian Premier League, which saw many players opt out of all the three formats of the game.

An increasingly crowded international schedule, couple with the advent of the lucrative Indian Premier League, has seen a growing number of players opt out of all three international formats."

Gooch also stressed on pressure of family life, which also matters to players when committing themselves to the packed itineraries.

However, Gooch talking about Pietersen's exit said, "He is the only one who can give you the true insight as to why he decided to retire from ODI cricket."


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