Gayle slams ECB for Pietersen's T20 exit

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Published: Friday, June 15, 2012, 13:09 [IST]
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KP's T20 exit unfortunate, says Gayle

London, Jun 15: West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle feels England and Wales Cricket Board has committed a mistake by refusing to allow Kevin Pietersen to continue playing the shortest format of the game.

Gayle further added saying that Pietersen's absence is a huge loss for the current England side, as they plan to defend their T20 title in ICC World T20 to be played in Sri Lanka in the month of September.

"KP is the best batsman in the team and the coach, captain, players and fans will really miss him. The situation is really unfortunate. The England rules are that, once you don't play 50-over cricket, you can't play T20," Gayle said.

"If someone wants to retire from one, I don't see why he has to retire from the other. Kevin is a star player and he must know how much his body can take," he added.

The Jamaican, who played his first international match for West Indies since the 2011 World Cup has made himself available for all the three formats of the game, while Pietersen, who announced his retirement from limited overs format, will be playing only Test cricket for England henceforth.

"It's good to be back in the No 45 representing West Indies once more. I was nervous at the start of my innings but eventually things went well before I was out. Now I'm really looking forward to the first ODI against England on Saturday," Gayle said.


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