There is nothing unusual about being cautioned by a match referee, but what sets apart maverick England batsman Kevin Pietersen’s case is that it happened inside the toilet of the airport here!
Pietersen was informally cautioned by match referee Andy Pycroft for showing dissent against an umpire’s decision after he stayed glued to the crease for quite a few seconds following his dismissal, which looked dubious in replays, during the third one-day international against India last Saturday. England lost the match by seven wickets.
“Kevin and I were spoken to in the gents. So that was a very nice scene, my first meeting with a match referee!” coach Ashley Giles said. “We’ve got to be careful with reactions to decisions and Andy was right to speak to Kev. But I think common sense prevailed. It was just a little word.”
Pietersen was adjudged caught behind by umpire S Ravi off Ishant Sharma for 17. “Pietersen may deem himself lucky to escape a fine for standing in incredulity when he was given out caught behind in Saturday’s third one-day international and then shaking his he ad as he finally left the field,” the Daily Mail said in its report.
“Yet perhaps Pycroft was merciful because Pietersen was clearly not out and umpire S Ravi’s decision, understandable as it was in another noisy, highly charged atmosphere, was the spark for another woeful England collapse,” the paper added.
Giles felt the match referee did the right thing and that the players have to be cautious. “I didn’t think it was a reaction, more disappointment from Kev. But we’ve got to be careful with reactions to decisions,” he said. “It’s tough for the umpires here, it’s so loud that decision making is tough. We understand that.”