ECB apologises to Cricket South Africa for KP comments

Cricket South Africa and the national team's players have accepted an apology from England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier over comments he made concerning the Kevin Pietersen text row.

The ECB issued a statement on Monday pointing out they do not agree with CSA about the sequence of events in the row, but that an apology from Collier for his remarks has been accepted.

Collier had said that South African players had "provoked" the text-message exchange which led to Pietersen's exclusion from the England team this summer.

CSA and the South African Cricketers' Association had been angered by Collier's comments, which came as the ECB announced a healing of their rift with Pietersen.

The ECB statement read: "CSA and ECB have discussed the events which led to Kevin Pietersen's non-selection for the third Test. Cricket South Africa has made clear to ECB that the electronic messages were not part of any initiative or plan to undermine the England team or players.

"ECB has unreservedly accepted that assurance and wishes to reiterate that it has no issue at all with CSA - or the Proteas players - on this matter and appreciates that the South African and England players follow the highest ethical standards of behaviour.

"Although the two boards do not agree on the sequence of events regarding any responses to messages between Kevin Pietersen and certain Proteas players, CSA and SACA accept Mr Collier's apology based upon his earlier utterances that the team may have acted in a way which was underhand.

"Both CSA and ECB regard this matter as now closed and will not comment on the confidential information shared in discussion between the boards."

Pietersen was dropped for the final Test between the two countries at Lord's in August and overlooked for the World Twenty20 following allegations he sent messages to Proteas players criticising then England captain Andrew Strauss.

After a stand-off period, 32-year-old Pietersen apologised for sending the messages earlier this month and signed a new ECB central contract after agreeing to enter a "re-integration" process with the team.

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1:11pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Red_Rock says...

Well done Cricket South Africa for refusing to accept the shameful behaviour of the ECB in seeking to blame them for the appalling Pietersen's behaviour.

It is no surprise that such a disreputable organisation such as the ECB is prepared to accept back the disreputable Pietersen.

But why do the rest of us have to suffer them both?
Well done Cricket South Africa for refusing to accept the shameful behaviour of the ECB in seeking to blame them for the appalling Pietersen's behaviour. It is no surprise that such a disreputable organisation such as the ECB is prepared to accept back the disreputable Pietersen. But why do the rest of us have to suffer them both? Red_Rock
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1:11pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Red_Rock says...

Well done Cricket South Africa for refusing to accept the shameful behaviour of the ECB in seeking to blame them for the appalling Pietersen's behaviour.

It is no surprise that such a disreputable organisation such as the ECB is prepared to accept back the disreputable Pietersen.

But why do the rest of us have to suffer them both?
Well done Cricket South Africa for refusing to accept the shameful behaviour of the ECB in seeking to blame them for the appalling Pietersen's behaviour. It is no surprise that such a disreputable organisation such as the ECB is prepared to accept back the disreputable Pietersen. But why do the rest of us have to suffer them both? Red_Rock
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4:10pm Mon 15 Oct 12

sallyrdn says...

This bloke is amazing he could start a fight in a paper bag! What has he got on the ECB that they will risk antagonising South Africa Cricket to support him? How was he provoked he's a grown up isn't he? If there was provocation (which I doubt) he could ignore it.
I'll give him till the middle of the India tour before something else kicks off, but of course it won't be his fault will it?
This bloke is amazing he could start a fight in a paper bag! What has he got on the ECB that they will risk antagonising South Africa Cricket to support him? How was he provoked he's a grown up isn't he? If there was provocation (which I doubt) he could ignore it. I'll give him till the middle of the India tour before something else kicks off, but of course it won't be his fault will it? sallyrdn
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