Bangalore: Some cricket fans in India must be mildly confused by the storm that Kevin Pietersen seems to be at the centre of in England. As the brightest and the best in England try to make sense of what's causing such an unresolvable stand-off, it seems that the crux of the issue is that Pietersen doesn't like the fact that he has to follow a set of rules that are applicable to all England's players. He feels he's a bit special, and therefore should be allowed to do things a bit differently. What must be confusing to Indian fans is just what the problem is with this.
After all, in India you have a situation where Sachin Tendulkar decides on a series-by-series basis whether he will play or not. Tendulkar plays in the Indian Premier League as the highly-paid icon of the Mumbai Indians team, and he can't seriously expect his employers to allow him to sit that out. With this being the case, the logical thing for him to do is to sit out less-important One-Day International series, such as the one that just concluded in Sri Lanka. While some questions have been asked about this, the situation is one that most parties are comfortable with.
The basis for this is that the Board of Control for Cricket in India has consistently maintained that any player wanting rest only has to ask and it would be granted. While Tendulkar can safely take this option, others less established have resisted the temptation, knowing full well that their places might be taken by someone who steps in to fill the breach. The only other player who has voluntarily skipped a series is Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but, again, he is in a position to do so. The Board's decision to adopt such a policy has meant that players now rarely complain about the schedule. In private they may moan, but in public they can hardly complain, given that they voluntarily spend the best part of two months at the IPL when they could be resting if they so badly needed it.