Boycott sympathises with Pietersen

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Geoffrey Boycott insists Kevin Pietersen has a right to be "miffed" after his England career was cut short without proper explanation.

Former batsman Geoffrey Boycott has sympathised with the exiled Kevin Pietersen, whose career with England came to an abrupt end earlier this year.

The England and Wales Cricket Board effectively exiled Pietersen from international cricket, after the final Test against Australia in January, which concluded a five-nil series whitewash.

Publicly labelled as "disinterested" and "distracted" by new ECB managing director Paul Downton, Pietersen has spent the bulk of the year representing various Twenty20 franchises around the world, including Delhi in the Indian Premier League and St Lucia in the Caribbean Premier League.

"I'd be miffed if my career had been finished for no reasons given. It's actually a pretty big thing when you've got a very talented player and a country says, 'Fine, we want to move on without you'. I think both parties have a duty to the public to say what their reasons are," <i>Cricinfo</i> quoted Boycott as saying.

"In a free democratic society, which we live in, people are entitled to hear their views – both sides. So he's entitled to his, but also the ECB should have spoken out at the time. I think both of them should have spoken out at the time."

The 34-year-old Pietersen recently released an autobiography. The book includes details of a contentious relationship with former coach Andy Flower and Pietersen's disappointment with a parody Twitter account allegedly frequented by team-mates.

"I'm not surprised it spilled over, and eventually he's having his say, because I feel there was so much ill-feeling from that moment Kevin was sacked as captain and Flower was promoted from assistant coach to the coach," added Boycott.

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