Warne amazed by KP treatment
Shane Warne feels the ECB have made serious mistakes in their handling of Kevin Pietersen and believes he should be in the T20 side.
Pietersen called time on his one-day international career earlier this summer in an attempt to avoid burn-out and prolong his Test career.
The South African-born batsman made it clear that he was still interested in playing the shortest version of the sport, with England set to defend their World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka later this year.
But ECB rules state that players cannot pick and choose which form of limited overs cricket they play and must make themselves available for both 50-over and T20 cricket.
Pietersen was not prepared to do that and will now only be seen in an England shirt in five-day cricket.
Warne, who skippered Pietersen during his time in charge of Hampshire, feels the authorities have got it all wrong and should have put aside any personal issues with the player to accommodate England's best batsman.
"Any team that hasn't got Kevin Pietersen is significantly weaker. He's a match-winner so that's a big loss," he told The Independent.
"It staggers me and I'm very surprised that the ECB didn't try and negotiate that better, drop their egos and say, okay we understand this, we want to keep our best players playing all the time.
"I think it's just a bit too much ego for my liking from the ECB."