Pietersen disappointed by Test snub

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen

First published in Sport

Kevin Pietersen has revealed his "disappointment" at being left out of the England Test squad to tour India.

The former Hampshire batsman was omitted from a 16-man touring party this morning, the latest indication from the England and Wales Cricket Board that he faces a long road back before he represents his adopted country again.

Without Pietersen, England have called up two uncapped batsmen - Joe Root and Nick Compton - to help fill the vacancies left not only by him but by the retirement of former captain Andrew Strauss.

Pietersen responded by releasing a statement, via his agents Mission Sports Management, to clarify his position after a summer of contract wrangles which culminated in his omission from both the Lord's Test and then England's squad which will imminently defend the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

It read: "Kevin Pietersen is naturally disappointed about today's decision, having gone to great lengths to reach a reconciliation with the ECB."

In it, he also sought to set the record straight over the "provocative" text messages he sent to opposition South Africa players during the Headingley Test - in which there were allegations he made "derogatory" references to Strauss.

The statement continued: "Pietersen has met with - and apologised to - Andrew Strauss.

"He has also met with Alastair Cook to stress his commitment to England and met with ECB board members, including face-to-face meetings with Hugh Morris, David Collier and Andy Flower, prior to his departure to Sri Lanka.

"At all times, Pietersen had wished his dealings with the ECB to remain private so as not to inflame an already difficult situation.

"His recent silence was not an admission of any wrong-doing; he wanted to explain and apologise to the ECB for the messages exchanged with members of the South African team.

"He has also made absolutely clear both to the ECB and the England team that - despite unsubstantiated allegations to the contrary and repeated media speculation - he did NOT offer ANY tactical advice to the South Africans.

"Pietersen remains available for England."

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1:03pm Tue 18 Sep 12

elvisimo says...

What a shame. Will his massive ego survive.
What a shame. Will his massive ego survive. elvisimo
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1:24pm Tue 18 Sep 12

batesieboy says...

The Indians must be hugely delighted with the idiocy of English cricket.
The Indians must be hugely delighted with the idiocy of English cricket. batesieboy
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2:31pm Tue 18 Sep 12

teamster says...

The ECB are like the old school tie brigade. The whole situation has been dealt with apallingly by all parties but in the interests of English cricket and getting the best result in India your best player has to be picked. There is more to all this than meets the eye but I really fear for England in India with the players they have drafted in with little or no experience at this level. Carberry should of been picked but the England set up is clicky and if your face dont fit thats it.
The ECB are like the old school tie brigade. The whole situation has been dealt with apallingly by all parties but in the interests of English cricket and getting the best result in India your best player has to be picked. There is more to all this than meets the eye but I really fear for England in India with the players they have drafted in with little or no experience at this level. Carberry should of been picked but the England set up is clicky and if your face dont fit thats it. teamster
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12:16pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Walter K says...

Exactly what he deserves.
Personally I'm fed up with this type of individual who deem themselves more important than the Team / Country they represent.
Exactly what he deserves. Personally I'm fed up with this type of individual who deem themselves more important than the Team / Country they represent. Walter K
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