By CricketCountry Staff
Kevin Pietersen may not be a part of England squad for the ICC World T20 next month, as there are suspicions that he had been in conversation with South Africa cricketers even before the second Test at Headingley.
England are expected to announce their squad for the mega Twenty20 event latest by Tuesday, leaving no room for the proposed discussions between Pietersen and the management.
According to a report in Daily Telegraph, the troubled batsman was in touch with few South Africa cricketers as early as from the first Test, wherein England were drubbed by an innings and 12 runs at the Kennington Oval.
The ICC on Thursday extended the deadline for the submission of the 15-player final squad for the World Twenty20 Championship in Sri Lanka by six days after receiving requests from various member nations, including England.
Meanwhile, The Professional Cricketers’ Association will reportedly broker talks between Pietersen and England. Also, there has been a consideration given to using a professional dispute resolution negotiator.
Eventually, Pietersen admitted Wednesday: “I did send what you might call provocative texts to my close friends in the SA team.
“The texts were meant as banter between close friends. I need to rein myself in sometimes. I apologise to Straussy and the team for the inappropriate remarks at the press conference and for the texts.”
“I truly didn’t mean to cause upset or tension particularly with important games at stake.”
On Thursday, South Africa captain Graeme Smith said the suggestions that his side deliberately leaked text messages from Pietersen are “the biggest load of rubbish I have heard”.