At a time when Kevin Pietersen is completing a horrendous Indian Premier League season as Delhi Daredevils captain, the new managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board has revealed why the maverick batsman was sacked from the national side. Speaking to BBC's Test Match Special, Downton, who was appointed three months ago, said Pietersen had no friends in the England dressing room.
A "distracted" and "disinterested" Pietersen was sacked on February 5, soon after England were thrashed by Australia in the Ashes. "I watched Kevin as a fan for the first four Tests but it was frustrating seeing him with his 'this is the way I play' type attitude," Downton said, adding "Clarke played him like a schoolboy almost," suggesting that the Aussie skipper easily trapped Pietersen with his ploys. (Counter-attack: Kevin Pietersen lashes out against ECB chief)