Kevin Pietersen (left) and Andrew Strauss have not shared a healthy relationship for quite some time now © Getty Images
Kevin Pietersen (left) and Andrew Strauss have not shared a healthy relationship for quite some time now © Getty Images

The Director of Cricket for England Andrew Strauss defended the England and Wales Cricket Board‘s (ECB) decision to keep Kevin Pietersen out of England‘s summer plans by stating that there were trust issues between Pietersen and the board during a press conference at the Lord’s in London on Tuesday. READ: ECB suggest Pietersen doesn’t fit in England squad

“He’s been a phenomenal player. Over months and years the trust between himself and the ECB has eroded. Because of that we’ve decided it’s not in the best short-term interests of the side for him to be in that team,” Strauss was quoted as saying at the conference, according to The Guardian.

Strauss added however that the South African-born batsman was in no way barred permanently from the England side, and that he was not part of England’s plans for the summer of 2015 for now.  READ: Kevin Pietersen’s England comeback dream shattered?

“Trust is imperative in any team environment. My job is to look to the future of English cricket and develop a side capable of winning tournaments over the next four years.

“He [Pietersen] is not barred from playing for England but he is not part of our plans for this summer.

“He’s not barred from playing for England. He’s not part of our plans this summer, I can’t make any guarantees to him, or any player, beyond that,” added Strauss. READ: Bob Willis criticises ECB for man-handling Pietersen

“The trust isn’t there at the moment. I wish it wasn’t the case, but it is the case. It’s not about his ability as a player. It’s about trust. You can’t build that over a few days,” Strauss added.

Strauss reported offered Pietersen the role of an advisor to the ECB for One-Day Cricket, if the words of a Sky News correspondent are to be believed.

 

 

Pietersen hit the headlines when he slammed a his maiden First-Class triple century while playing for Surrey in the ongoing County Championship match against Leicestershire. Following the knock, he went to meet Strauss and ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison to discuss about his possible future in the England side, where Strauss reportedly told the batsman about him not making it. READ: Pietersen slams triple-ton for Surrey

Pietersen, who has more than 8,000 Test runs to his credit, has not played for England since his fallout with the ECB following the disastrous Ashes tour of 2013-14. His relationship with the board, as well as several former and current cricketers and support staff deteriorated following the release of his autobiography, which spilled several beans on the inside stories of the England dressing room.