Home > News >

England and Wales Cricket Board, Paul Downton apologise to Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen (above) labeled Paul Downton's remarks against him as "wholly untrue" © Getty Images
Kevin Pietersen (above) labeled Paul Downton’s remarks against him as “wholly untrue” © Getty Images

By Julian Guyer

London: May 30, 2014

The saga of Kevin Pietersen‘s extraordinary exit from the international arena took a fresh twist on Friday when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and its managing director, Paul Downton, apologised for criticism of the batsman made by the former England wicketkeeper.

Downton appeared on BBC Radio’s Test Match Special programme on May 22 and during the course of a wide-ranging interview went into details about England’s controversial decision to ditch former captain Pietersen following the team’s 5-0 Ashes 2013-14 series loss in Australia.

ECB chief Downton said the 33-year-old appeared “disinterested” and “distracted” in the fifth Test in Sydney, and added he was unable to find anyone within the England squad who wanted South Africa-born Pietersen to remain in the team.

An angry Pietersen responded by labelling Downton’s remarks “wholly untrue“.

And having gone to the trouble of negotiating an exit with Pietersen, the ECB was embarrassingly forced to admit that some of Downton’s comments were “in breach of the settlement agreement” made with the batsman when his England central contract was terminated.

“On May 22 during an interview on BBC Test Match Special, Paul Downton of the ECB made a series of comments about Kevin Pietersen with which Kevin takes issue, including the comments he made regarding his perception of Kevin’s attitude during the Sydney Test on last winter’s Ashes tour,” said an ECB statement issued late Friday.

“Some of those comments were made in breach of a settlement agreement between the ECB and Kevin Pietersen, which was concluded at the time Kevin’s central contract was terminated earlier this year.

“Paul Downton and the ECB both apologise to Kevin Pietersen for those comments made that were in breach of the settlement agreement and have confirmed that they will abide by its terms moving forward.”

Until recently, the ECB’s explanations for effectively ending the international career of Pietersen, England’s leading run-scorer across all formats, had contained only limited detail. But by focusing on Pietersen’s attitude, Downton had appeared to clarify the situation.

However, the tome of the ECB statement suggested they and Downton were apologising for his remarks being broadcast in public rather than the points behind them.

Pietersen responded to Downton’s radio interview by saying: “The suggestion that I was uninterested during the winter Ashes series against Australia is wholly untrue.

“Although I was having injections in my knee, which inhibited my mobility and thus my ability to field close to the wicket, I was fully motivated to play for England and whilst I accept that the series as a whole fell well below my own personal standards, I finished the series as the [England] top scorer.

“I did, and continue to have a good relationship with most of the England players.”

Pietersen is still on the books of Surrey but his planned return to action for the Oval-based County on Friday in a Twenty20 fixture against Middlesex was scuppered by a finger injury.

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 18, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 5 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 17, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Lahore Lions won by 55 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Mumbai Indians won by 9 wkts

Photos

West Indies vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test at Gros Islet

Videos

Anderson plays golf with Jaguar competition winners

Sourav Ganguly: Hope India-Pakistan cricket starts soon

Cape Cobras (CC) vs Northern Knights (NK) CLT20 2014 Match 3: Cape Cobras’ likely XI

Cape Cobras (CC) vs Northern Knights (NK) CLT20 2014 — Key battles

Herbert Chang: The Jamaican of Chinese origin who wasted his life in South Africa

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes (HH) in CLT20 2014 – Highlights

Champions League T20 Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 CSK vs KKR Hobart Hurricanes Kings XI Punjab Kings XI Punjab vs Hobart Hurricanes KKR vs CSK Kolkata Knight Riders Mumbai Indians Northern Knights Pakistan West Indies

Asian Games 2014: Absence of India and Pakistan gives minor nations a good chance

Afghanistan to start ICC World Cup 2015 preparatory tour in Australia and New Zealand

CLT20 2014: We bowled pretty well says Hobart Hurricanes coach Damien Wright

CLT20 2014: BBL champions Perth Scorchers take on Ram Slam winners Dolphins

CLT20 2014: Sybrand Engelbretch to replace injured JP Duminy in Cape Cobras squad

Cape Cobras vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014 Match 3: Northern Knights’ likely XI

Sourav Ganguly: Hope India-Pakistan cricket starts soon

Cape Cobras (CC) vs Northern Knights (NK) CLT20 2014 Match 3: Cape Cobras’ likely XI

Cape Cobras (CC) vs Northern Knights (NK) CLT20 2014 — Key battles

Herbert Chang: The Jamaican of Chinese origin who wasted his life in South Africa

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

636 Posts | 8 Fans

Video highlights: Ander Russell 58 for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CLT20 2014

Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to reunite!

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus fail the first drop test

Are these 10 mistakes ruining your relationship?

Aagadu movie review: Mahesh Babu’s charisma and witty dialogues save the film!

CLT20 2014: We bowled pretty well says Hobart Hurricanes coach Damien Wright

Alibaba’s IPO priced at $68 per share, to raise $21.8 billion: Reuters

World Alzheimer’s day 2014: Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease

CLT20 2014: BBL champions Perth Scorchers take on Ram Slam winners Dolphins

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here