I personally don’t think that it’s a good idea for current players to be talking about their fellow players. The written word does come across very, very differently—when you can’t judge a person’s tone—and particularly with Swann’s words, that is an accurate and important point.
English cricket team director, Andy Flower, is unequivocal that Graeme Swann was inappropriate in his criticism of then-skipper and fellow teammate, Kevin Pietersen, in his autobiography, “The Breaks Are Off,” which was serialised in an English daily.
Swann is severe on Pietersen terming him the wrong person for the job.
Flower, however, brushed aside suggestions that the book has caused strife within the team.
“It’s all been handled in-house—without many problems. Pietersen and Swann get on well, and I think Pietersen has handled it very maturely.”
Commenting further on Pietersen, currently touring India for the return ODI series, Flower considers the No. 4 an integral part of the squad:
When Kevin was competing in the game any -comments in a book had no place in his mind.
I expect him to score runs, that is why we pick him. If we didn’t expect it we wouldn’t pick him so I look -forward to him doing that soon. I personally disagree with -current players making comments about their team-mates. My personal opinion is that it is not the right thing to do.
I don’t think the commercial opportunities are that important to be honest. However, I think Pietersen has handled it very well and he and Swann get on fine. I think he has handled it very maturely and there aren’t any issues arising from it.
What Flower really meant:
“What you say, is very, very different when it’s written out. There’s a finality about it that’s damning. One thing to hear it, quite another to read it—in print.”
What Flower definitely didn’t:
“I guess it’s all right if the same thing were to be reiterated over and over again—verbally! Sledge him with it, chaps.”