Kevin Pietersen to meet Andrew Strauss

England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Lord McLaurin feels that Kevin Pietersen hasn’t been loved by his County teammates either Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 19, 2012

Controversial cricketer Kevin Pietersen is set to meet England captain Andrew Strauss next week after the conclusion of the three-match Test series against South Africa at Lord s.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Lord McLaurin said he fears the 32-year old could have played his final game for England if reports of the offensive text messages Pietersen allegedly sent to the South African players turn out to be accurate.

“If the reports in the papers are true…..I think Mr Pietersen will never play for England again,” McLaurin said.

“I think the Kevin Pietersen thing is pretty sad and pretty serious for cricket, the ECB are capable of dealing with the matter as they see fit,” was quoted as saying by ESPNStar.

“Nobody is bigger than the game and history is littered with sports stars who believe they are bigger than the game and business people too. They usually end up halfway down the batting order,” he added.

ECB chairman also pointed out Pietersen s lack of popularity during his county career in England.

“If you look at the record of the gentleman concerned he hasn’t been greatly loved at Hampshire, at Nottinghamshire or at Surrey or in the England dressing room,” he concluded.