News emerged overnight that Andy Flower might be on the shortlist to replace Gary Kirsten as India coach. Oi India! Hands off our coach! You’ve already got the World Cup. Give the rest of us a break. Besides, did you actually watch England in one day cricket’s showpiece? We were rubbish. Flower only does Test cricket. Let us wallow in our ODI misery and enjoy our Test successes. You don’t want to be humiliated by Ireland do you?!
Joking aside this rumour is probably just hearsay. We all know that Flower was frustrated by England’s hectic winter schedule, but he’s unlikely to leave us in the lurch. His name isn’t Troy Cooley. Besides the ECB have already responded to India’s alleged interest by working out a new lucrative deal for the mastermind behind our Ashes triumph – a package they’re putting together with typical lightning speed. They hope to make the offer at the end of the month, just three and a half months after our victory in Sydney. Nice one lads.
The other big story yesterday was that Kevin Pietersen has thrown his hat into the ring to succeed Andrew Strauss as our ODI skipper. The news has come as a bit of a shock to be honest. We half expected KP to retire from the fifty over format. At times he’s looked about as interested in one day cricket as my mother (which isn’t very much) and the physical demands of playing all three formats of the game has been taking its toll on his body. Hands up who thought he might retire from international cricket altogether and concentrate on the IPL? The thought had certainly crossed my mind.
Of course, the news that KP wants to lead his country in the fifty over format is great news. Getting the captaincy back might be the shot in the arm his career needs. He just hasn’t been himself recently, and let’s face it, our middle-order needs him fit and firing. The worry is however, that if he’s overlooked for the job, Pietersen really will retire. And who could blame him. He is, after all, the stand out candidate for the job. Ignoring his credentials would seem intransigent and rather petty.
The other candidate for the post is Stuart Broad, who seems far too wet behind the ears. Yes, we know that the enfant terrible of England’s pace attack is suppose to be bright, but he’s shown a frightening lack of maturity at times. Giving Broad the captaincy now, when he’s so young and lacking in captaincy experience, could be a huge mistake. If England get on the wrong side of a few umpiring decisions, I can see Broad provoking an incident that makes Mike Gatting’s infamous spat with Shakoor Rana look like a kids’ tea party. What do you think?