"We will assess the situation on Sunday night but I am confident we will have 15 lads who are going to play a Test match next week. We can buy ourselves some time in Abu Dhabi and I think it is fantastic we've got a bunch of players who went to India initially and now want to go back there. It's important that we go back and rub shoulder to shoulder with the Indian people in their time of need and show our support, hopefully by going back there to play some Test cricket."
Just a few months earlier, Kevin 'the saint' Peitersen, 21st century's answer to Mother Teresa , highlighted the overwhelming need for cricketers to visit Pakistan and show support with the embattled ordinary Pakistani people. He said:
"I've definitely got reservations - 100% - about going to Pakistan."
"if the ECB has not made a decision I will make one after that meeting [on Aug 4]."
Unfortunately for Kevin, the ICC shattered his dream of showing solidarity with the Pakistani people and 'postponed' (read as canceled) the Champions Trophy. The great humanitarian Kay Pee was visibly distraught and with tears rolling down his heavenly cheeks mustered the following words:
"It's great that the boards have taken the decision."
"Players voiced their concerns from all around the world. All the players I know personally from other countries have expressed their concerns in terms of safety and security. It was good that it was taken out of our players' hands.
"Over the last couple of weeks it has been a huge topic of conversation in the dressing room. And last Sunday's briefing was a huge talking point. This whole week there's been ifs and buts and dos and don'ts. What I said to the team was to put it to the back of our minds because the most important thing for us is the one-day series with South Africa, and that means standing up to be counted on Tuesday. This is a huge decision and cricket can now take priority again."
Kay Pee I long for you, when will you come rub your shoulders with me? Jackass!
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