Bangalore, Jan 21: This is bizarre. One thought warnings and fines were handed out by match referees to players in air-conditioned rooms at stadiums. But on January 19 it was an unusual setting as Kevin Pietersen and England coach Ashley Giles had to face the match referee Andy Pycroft in a toilet!
According to a report published on January 20 in England's "Daily Mail" newspaper, Pietersen and Giles were called in by Zimbabwean Pycroft to a toilet in Ranchi airport after the third One Day International which India won by seven wickets.
Pietersen, who was wrongly given out caught behind by India umpire S Ravi, was not happy with the decision and rightly so. The English right-hander showed dissent and took a long time to leave the pitch after his dismissal.
For this, Pycroft called in the batsman and his coach to hand a warning for that incident.
As both India and England teams waited for their chartered flights to reach next match venue Chandigarh, Pycroft met both Pietersen and Giles in a toilet as there was lack of space in the small airport, Daily Mail reported.
"Yes, my first meeting with the match referee was in the gents, so that was nice!," Giles was quoted as saying in the report.
On the Pietersen incident, Giles added: "‘Andy (Pycroft) was right to speak to Kev but I think common sense prevailed. We have to be careful with reactions to decisions but I think it was more disappointment from Kev (Kevin Pietersen)."