Former England batter Kevin Pietersen is not happy with Jos Buttler-led England team. Pietersen expressed his disappointment at the current England team for their latest picture at UK's Prime Minister’s residence, 10 Downing Street. Notably, the members of the victorious England Men’s ICC T20 Cricket World Cup team visited 10 Downing Street to meet Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday.
Professional players including Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes and head coach Matthew Mott paid a visit to the UK PM as a part of the ACE programme, a scheme to improve talent pathways for aspiring black cricketers, who played cricket in the Downing Street garden. The players then posed for a photograph in front of PM’s residence with the T20 World Cup trophy.
England white-ball captain Jos Buttler held the trophy in his hand while the other members stood by his side. All of them were dressed in formal attire with a sky-blue tie and navy blazers. This sober picture of the players did not sit well with Pietersen as he questioned, “How dare they go there and be pictured so sober?!”
Pietersen then recalled the England team’s visit to the PM’s residence back in 2005 and how they all looked dizzy. The former batter also went on to say that professional sport has become boring now.
“Utterly disgusted by this England team and their visit to @10DowningStreet yesterday. How dare they go there and be pictured so sober?! We led the way in 2005 & Boris continued the party theme through Covid. Professional sport is so boring now!” read Pietersen’s tweet. Quite obviously, it was a joke but Pietersen clarified by adding a laughing emoji at the end.
Notably, the Prime Minister congratulated the team for their impressive victory against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup final in November and commended them for inspiring a new generation of young people to take up the sport. The players, meanwhile, presented the Prime Minister with an England shirt signed by the entire team.