Alastair Cook admits that the handling of Kevin Pietersen’s England exit was one of the low points of his reign as skipper. Cook announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this week and will bow out of England’s colours after the fifth and final Test against India, starting on Friday at The Oval.
The Essex man captained the Three Lions in 59 Tests and was at the helm when the decision was taken to end Pietersen’s colourful career with England for the good of the team.
It was deemed that he had become a negative influence and results were suffering as result, with Cook’s men enduring a 5-0 Ashes whitewash during the 2013-14 winter Down Under.
There was a lot of bad blood between the parties involved and the left-hander confessed that management did not cover themselves in any glory over the saga.
“The KP affair was a tough year, no doubt about that,” he said. “The fall-out wasn’t great for English cricket, it wasn’t great for me.
“I was involved in that decision without making the final decision. It could have been handled differently, and I have regret over it because it wasn’t good for English cricket.”