SA and England agree on Pietersen

By Drum Digital
15 October 2012

Cricket SA (CSA) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) agreed on Monday to close the matter involving the exchange of text messages between Kevin Pietersen and South African cricketers in their recent test series.

"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 [the South African Cricketers' Association] accept Mr Collier's apology based upon his earlier utterances that the team may have acted in a way which was underhand," the two cricket boards said in a joint statement.

The exchange of text messages, which included critical comments about then England captain Andrew Strauss, led to Pietersen's non-selection for third test.

Last week, ECB CEO David Collier claimed on British radio that Pietersen's criticism of Strauss during the second test at Headingley, was made only in response to provocative messages sent by South African team members to the England player.

CSA and ECB had since discussed the matter and it was made clear to the ECB that the electronic messages were not part of any initiative or plan to undermine the England team or players.

ECB unreservedly accepted that assurance and reiterated that it had no issue with CSA or the Proteas players on the matter and appreciated that the South African and England players followed the highest ethical standards of behaviour.

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