The rocky, long-drawn relationship between the England Cricket Board and the country's most flamboyant and successful cricketer, Kevin Pietersen came to an end as the former pulled the plug by dropping him for two of their upcoming series'.
The England team had just returned home after not just conceding the Ashes that they won less than six months ago but also being embarrassingly outplayed by their arch-nemesis, Australia. It was certainly time for introspection and search for a way to address the kind of slump, but to make one of the most talented players in world cricket their scapegoat does not help their cause.
If this Telegraph report is anything to go by, it seems as if an anti-Andy Flower rant by Pietersen during an England squad meeting in Melbourne on December 30th is the cause for his current ouster. According to the report, Alastair Cook and Matt Prior called for an emergency players meeting during the fourth Test against Australia, without the knowledge of the coaching personnel.