Kevin Pietersen believes that writing a tell-it-all (or blame-them-all) autobiography is curative.
What he said:
“And it was papering over a lot of cracks, and so for me it’s been very therapeutic to get it out there.”
Kevin Pietersen chatting with Phil Walker of All Out Cricket reveals that disclosing his side of the story in his memoirs “KP: The Autobiography” was necessary for his peace of mind.
“I’ve needed to do this. I’ve needed to tell the world. There have been too many character assassinations and continual leaks to certain journalists about me, and things that I’ve supposedly done, which are absolute garbage. So I’ve needed to be honest, I’ve needed to be open. With a book like this, with all the allegations in it, you don’t do it faint-heartedly, you don’t do it without any evidence, and so I took a lot of time going through this, and David Walsh and I are really proud of what we produced.”
On the effect his revelations have had on the English game’s reputation:
“Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m heartbroken, mate. But you know what? Sometimes, in order for things to happen, in order for things to change, you sometimes have to hit rock bottom. I’m incredibly proud that I’ve been able to unearth some of the stuff I’ve unearthed because it was a horrible place for some players, and a lot of players feel aggrieved with a lot of the stuff that they’ve had to put up with. And it was papering over a lot of cracks, and so for me it’s been very therapeutic to get it out there. And I hope that even if I don’t ever play for England again that English cricket will look at this, they’ll have a look at this, and they’ll start sorting things out.”
What Pietersen really meant:
“It’s just what the doctor ordered. Dr. Pietersen.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“I really flowered under (Andy) Flower.”