Flower cites IPL problems for KP furore
Andy Flower has called for a 'very clear window' in the international scheduling following the furore over Kevin Pietersen.
The England batsman announced a surprise retirement from one-day duty earlier this summer with Flower believing that a desire to play a full part in the Indian Premier League was the reasoning behind the decision.
KP had not ruled out playing Twenty20 matches for England but ECB rules meant that if he did not want to play 50-over cricket then he could not play in the shorter format either.
Although Pietersen has since made himself available again to England for all forms of cricket, the scandal surrounding text messages sent to members of the South Africa team resulted in him being dropped for the the crucial third Test against the Proteas as well as being left out of the squad that will attempt to defend the Twenty20 World Cup.
And Flower is certain that the IPL has been the 'catalyst' behind Pietersen's problems with England.
"I think it's fair to say that his issues over being available for the entire IPL have changed his attitude," Flower said.
"I think that was the catalyst for a lot of the stuff.
"I think the IPL and the international fixtures in England are an area of conflict. And it will continue to be an area of conflict in the future.
"It would be better if there was a very clear window prior to our international season starting."