Kevin Pietersen has issued a warning to his fellow teammates that there should be no clowning around after the Twenty20 Match a week from Saturday. Pietersen stated: "I respect everything that's happening in the world at the moment," Pietersen said today.
"I've got friends who are struggling, people who have lost their jobs and stuff, and there's no way I want anyone to carry on like a clown, win or lose next week, because there's a lot more things happening in the world which we need to respect.
Let's give the guy the benefit of the doubt and assume his reasons are just because he empathizes with those who are having difficulties. He wasn't always where he's at now financially and I'm sure this crisis is affecting those he knows as well.
So by telling his teammates not to clown around was he telling them they should not celebrate a victory or rally themselves after defeat? Does he want them to maintain a sober "dignified" attitude? I'm not sure I agree with this. Let the players and the fans have something to celebrate.