The English Cricket Board has unanimously decided that Kevin Pietersen will never represent his country again. It’s a blow to anyone who likes their cricket played with raw intensity and passion.
Bureaucracy has ousted singular personality. The English cricket team will once again be comprised of beige, pliant drones. Business as usual.
Pietersen was apparently hard to manage. But he was good at cricket. So isn’t it the job of the management team to manage these perceived short-comings?
He is fulfilling his end of the bargain – to reiterate, that involves being good at cricket – so the obvious task for the English board and coaching staff is to simply maintain a harmonious workplace environment while enabling Pietersen to do his thing on the field.
The business world is littered with cunts who happen to be very good at their job. Tech visionary Steve Jobs was allegedly a massive jerk to his fellow employees, often chewing them out in front of staff, and he apparently dodged giving stock options to some of Apple’s earliest employees, effectively denying them of millions.
But he was good at his job – and people accepted that.
If Pietersen’s ego is “dividing the changeroom,” as has been speculated, then that’s a pretty weak excuse for dropping your star batsman. Look into any grade cricket team and you’ll see six or seven exceptionally divisive, ego-driven characters – some of them genuine sociopaths, others just deeply insecure. And as long as they hit runs and take wickets, they’ll remain in the team.
That’s the nature of society: we must learn to cope with those that are different – especially if they serve value towards our end goal. It’s the only way shit gets done.
Pietersen’s rejection is an indictment on the English Cricket Board and the English leadership group.
By Dave Edwards