Botham: 'ECB are pathetic for Kevin Pietersen dismissal'

Ian Botham slams the ECB's decision to remove Kevin Pietersen from the England squad without explanation.

Ian Botham has slammed the "pathetic" decision by the ECB to remove Kevin Pietersen from the England squad.

The 33-year-old's international career appears to be over following the decision, and the former Three Lions star was hugely critical of the move in his column in The Mirror.

"Imagine England dropping Wayne Rooney and telling him he will never play for his country again without saying why," he wrote.

"Well, I've got news for the amateur comedians who run the ECB. We want answers, the truth. We want detailed, precise reasons behind their decision to end Pietersen's international career.

"If you sacked a factory worker on the shop floor without telling him why he's been fired, he would take his employers to the cleaners through the courts. The ECB's handling of KP's dismissal has been pathetic."

Meanwhile, Prime Minster David Cameron has backed Pietersen following his dismissal.

Kevin Pietersen plays a front-foot drive against Australia in the second ODI at Old Trafford on September 8, 2013
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