Match referee warns Pietersen in 'airport toilet'

PietersenEngland batsman Kevin Pietersen was reprimanded by match referee Andy Pycroft for dissent during the third ODI against India in Ranchi in the men's washroom of the city airport.

Pycroft asked Pietersen and England coach Ashley Giles to step into the toilet at airport to issue them with a warning as both teams waited for the charter flight that brought them to Chandigarh for the fourth ODI, the Daily Mail reports.

Pietersen may deem himself lucky to escape a fine for standing in incredulity when he was given out caught behind in Saturday's third ODI and then shaking his head as he finally left the field, the paper said.

Yet perhaps Pycroft was merciful because Pietersen was clearly not out and umpire S. Ravi's decision, understandable as it was in another noisy, highly charged atmosphere, was the spark for another woeful England collapse, the paper added.

Giles revealed his first meeting with Pycroft was in the gent's toilet of the Ranchi airport, adding the match referee was right to speak to Pietersen.

Giles added players need to be careful with reactions to decisions, and added he Pietersen's reaction was more of disappointment than showing dissent.


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