England's Pietersen dilemma October 3, 2012

Pietersen signs England contract

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Kevin Pietersen has signed a four-month central contract with the ECB and will be "reintegrated" into the England team after a process of reconciliation has been completed. The announcement could pave the way for Pietersen to be included in England's touring squad to India, although that has not yet been decided on.

Andy Flower, the England coach, will determine when Pietersen will return fully to the fold, once the 32-year-old becomes available for selection. Pietersen said that he hopes to play for England again "as soon as possible" and committed himself to international cricket until the 2015 World Cup.

"It's been a horrible situation for all involved but it's time to move forward," Pietersen said. "All being well I'll be back in an England shirt as soon as possible.

"I am committed to completing the reintegration process we have agreed over the coming weeks and resuming my England career in all formats, hopefully until the World Cup in 2015, as long as my body allows. I want my son growing up seeing me playing for England and I hope one day he will put an England shirt on himself.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to apologise to my team-mates, all England supporters and the ECB for the situation that has arisen over the last couple of months. Thankfully we have drawn a line under it and can move forward. Although it has been covered in the statement, I'd like to make it clear that at no time did I share tactical information with any of the South Africans."

Giles Clarke, the ECB's chairman, said: "Kevin has signed a central contract today. Andy Flower will determine the progress of the reintegration process. It could be soon, it could be much later." He added that Pietersen's contract could be extended to the full year once the agreed process had been completed.

Clarke also expressed confidence that Flower, who has supported the hard line taken against Pietersen, will not be disillusioned by the attempts to begin afresh and predicted that he will remain as England's coach until at least the World Cup in 2015.

Pietersen was dropped from the side in August after sending what he admitted were "provocative" texts about the former England captain Andrew Strauss to members of the South Africa team. He was left out for the deciding Test of the series at Lord's, amid concerns about "trust and respect" within the England squad.

Pietersen later apologised to Strauss privately but was not included in England's squad for the World Twenty20, despite reversing his one-day retirement, or the Test party for India.

The ECB has now said, however, that it has received a "binding assurance" from Pietersen that the messages, which were actually sent via BlackBerry Messenger and have since been deleted, were not derogatory of Strauss and did not contain advice on how to get him out, as had been alleged.

An ECB statement said: "ECB and Kevin Pietersen confirm that agreement has been reached concerning a process for his reintegration into the England team during the remainder of 2012. Upon completion of the programme, the England selectors will consider Kevin for future matches.

"Kevin Pietersen has apologised to Andrew Strauss and wishes to express to all those who support England his regrets at the impact the recent controversies have had on the England Team. He now wishes to put the events of the summer behind him and to focus on regaining his place in the England Team.

"With regards the issue of the BBM messages, due to the fact that Kevin had not retained the BBM messages, this matter has been successfully concluded through a binding assurance provided to ECB by Kevin. Kevin conceded that the messages exchanged were provocative. ECB is satisfied, following receipt of this binding assurance, that to the best of his recollection, Kevin did not convey any messages which were derogatory about the England Captain, the England Team Director, the ECB or employees of the ECB. Furthermore, there was no tactical information whatsoever provided to members of the South African touring party."

England begin their tour of India towards the end of October, with a four-Test series to be followed by two Twenty20 internationals. They will then return to India in January for an ODI series before departing for a tour of New Zealand in February.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | October 6, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    @JG2704. i would suggest that writing an autobiography in which you discuss a captain in less than glowing terms who happens to be your first and in only 2 Tests is having issues. I would suggest that being party to a parody twitter a/c is having issues( i know the main text says that he was cleared of complicity, but as it was by a friend of family or something I do not buy it,, especially as the a/c was in a flatmate's name. ie evidence is fairly srtiking.) and talking about him in columns of a Sunday paper is having issues. Re culpability on the field 635 for 2 is a certainly a glowing reference for the bowlers,,as is 420 whne asking SA to bat first. Did the bowlers even look like they were trying? and then Anderson went on catch dropping spree, begun off KP when he has hardly dropped a catch in his life, and these were child's play catches. UAE series is something else and was a didsaster. KP made 2 tons in ODI's though.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 6, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    @Meety on (October 05 2012, 02:39 AM GMT) I'd say that all time 11 is very subjective indeed. People say KP is head above all the other English batsmen. In talent I'd probably agree and he is the one batsman because of his scoring rate who can take a game away from the opposition. However , the last time I looked at our player averages , both Bell and Cook were averaging within 2 or 3 runs of him and I believe both had been ahead of him in the last couple of years or so and Trott was a run ahead of him.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 6, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    @maximum6 on (October 05 2012, 21:17 PM GMT) You would reintegrate KP because he is the only player who has had issues with other players in the side. And do you think that the SA series was just due to our bowlers performances? Seriously? I seem to remember on a dry flat track our batsmen being twice bowled out by SA and if we go back to UAE where our bowlers did enough to win 2 or the 3 tests our batsmen (which I believe KP was the 8th best or something like that) let us down.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | October 5, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    @meety- Right on the money. KP is the English Viv. Who would not organise the team around such greatness except a bunch of sad malcontents who are jealous of this talent. Why reintegrate KP? reintegrate the others especially the attack which gave SA the recent series like it was Xmas.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 5, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    @maddy20 on (October 05 2012, 08:03 AM GMT) May I just remind you that your brilliant side are out in the super 8s stage - exactly the same as England. The only difference is that England weren't expected to win after KPs omission. We weren't even supposed to qualify for the super 8s with our pathetic side and then had no chance of winning a game so I guess we've overachieved. Still at least Asia had reps in the semis from Pak and SL and SL in the final.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | October 5, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    @Rogerunionjack Your "World's best batsmen" could not play out 20 overs against the so called "Club bowlers". You have been shown your place by a 5-0 drubbing in the ODI series in India. It is a prelude to the worst disaster in English Cricket in recent years. Forget 4-0, they will consider themselves insanely lucky if they manage to win or save 1 of the 4 tests!

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | October 5, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    It should be a great dressing room to be in, cannot wait for the movie.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 5, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    @Hammond on (October 04 2012, 22:07 PM GMT) - FACT, KP has been selected by this website as a member of the ALL TIME ENGLAND XI. It was an extensive exercise. That means that KP is only up against Hobbs, Hutton, Hammond & Barrington as contenders for the best ever "English" batsmen. KP is comfortably the best England batsmen in the last FORTY years.

  • POSTED BY subbass on | October 4, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    He may not be the best batsman in the world but he is in the top 5. And any other international side, apart from maybe SA obviously, WOULD include him. INDIA been the ones with their hands raised the highest ! And there is no such thing as CAN'T in sport, won't yes, CAN'T no.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | October 4, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    @WishW- No way Sanga could have played that knock against Steyn & Morkel on a seaming English track. No way. And you didn't retract your comment about the greatest English batsman ever. Ever heard of Hutton, Barrington, Compton, Hobbs, May, Sutcliffe, Paynter?.. the list goes on..

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | October 6, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    @JG2704. i would suggest that writing an autobiography in which you discuss a captain in less than glowing terms who happens to be your first and in only 2 Tests is having issues. I would suggest that being party to a parody twitter a/c is having issues( i know the main text says that he was cleared of complicity, but as it was by a friend of family or something I do not buy it,, especially as the a/c was in a flatmate's name. ie evidence is fairly srtiking.) and talking about him in columns of a Sunday paper is having issues. Re culpability on the field 635 for 2 is a certainly a glowing reference for the bowlers,,as is 420 whne asking SA to bat first. Did the bowlers even look like they were trying? and then Anderson went on catch dropping spree, begun off KP when he has hardly dropped a catch in his life, and these were child's play catches. UAE series is something else and was a didsaster. KP made 2 tons in ODI's though.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 6, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    @Meety on (October 05 2012, 02:39 AM GMT) I'd say that all time 11 is very subjective indeed. People say KP is head above all the other English batsmen. In talent I'd probably agree and he is the one batsman because of his scoring rate who can take a game away from the opposition. However , the last time I looked at our player averages , both Bell and Cook were averaging within 2 or 3 runs of him and I believe both had been ahead of him in the last couple of years or so and Trott was a run ahead of him.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 6, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    @maximum6 on (October 05 2012, 21:17 PM GMT) You would reintegrate KP because he is the only player who has had issues with other players in the side. And do you think that the SA series was just due to our bowlers performances? Seriously? I seem to remember on a dry flat track our batsmen being twice bowled out by SA and if we go back to UAE where our bowlers did enough to win 2 or the 3 tests our batsmen (which I believe KP was the 8th best or something like that) let us down.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | October 5, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    @meety- Right on the money. KP is the English Viv. Who would not organise the team around such greatness except a bunch of sad malcontents who are jealous of this talent. Why reintegrate KP? reintegrate the others especially the attack which gave SA the recent series like it was Xmas.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 5, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    @maddy20 on (October 05 2012, 08:03 AM GMT) May I just remind you that your brilliant side are out in the super 8s stage - exactly the same as England. The only difference is that England weren't expected to win after KPs omission. We weren't even supposed to qualify for the super 8s with our pathetic side and then had no chance of winning a game so I guess we've overachieved. Still at least Asia had reps in the semis from Pak and SL and SL in the final.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | October 5, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    @Rogerunionjack Your "World's best batsmen" could not play out 20 overs against the so called "Club bowlers". You have been shown your place by a 5-0 drubbing in the ODI series in India. It is a prelude to the worst disaster in English Cricket in recent years. Forget 4-0, they will consider themselves insanely lucky if they manage to win or save 1 of the 4 tests!

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | October 5, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    It should be a great dressing room to be in, cannot wait for the movie.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 5, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    @Hammond on (October 04 2012, 22:07 PM GMT) - FACT, KP has been selected by this website as a member of the ALL TIME ENGLAND XI. It was an extensive exercise. That means that KP is only up against Hobbs, Hutton, Hammond & Barrington as contenders for the best ever "English" batsmen. KP is comfortably the best England batsmen in the last FORTY years.

  • POSTED BY subbass on | October 4, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    He may not be the best batsman in the world but he is in the top 5. And any other international side, apart from maybe SA obviously, WOULD include him. INDIA been the ones with their hands raised the highest ! And there is no such thing as CAN'T in sport, won't yes, CAN'T no.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | October 4, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    @WishW- No way Sanga could have played that knock against Steyn & Morkel on a seaming English track. No way. And you didn't retract your comment about the greatest English batsman ever. Ever heard of Hutton, Barrington, Compton, Hobbs, May, Sutcliffe, Paynter?.. the list goes on..

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | October 4, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    @Rogerunionjack,LOL BEST BATSMEN IN THE WORLD?YEP WE SAW HOW UR BEST BATSMEN DANCED TO THE TUNES OF SO CALLED CLUB BOWLERS IN SL WHERE THE PITCH WAN'T EVEN A RANK TURNER....WITH KP OR WITHOUT KP ENG CAN'T WIN AGAINST IND IN IND......

  • POSTED BY Bill.W on | October 4, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    if England had made it further in the T20 world cup and gone on to final - He would never have been considered - Pietersen can thank the England poor performance for this re-entry!!

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | October 4, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    @susheel93, there is no other way India can win matches, only should prepare rank turners, and get whipped when they leave their comfort zone followed by a million excuses both by Indian captain and the Indian fan followings. cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY Maccanui on | October 4, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    A 'binding assurance' that 'to the best of his recollection' he did not convey any derogatory messages (within the messages he deleted)?? You've got to be kidding me. I suppose the ECB had backed themselves into a corner so they just needed something, but they really shouldn't have let KPs lawyers negotiate such a ridiculous statement. I bet Swanny and the lads can't wait to have him back in the dressing room to really galvanise the team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    The question is , What is Andrew Strauss saying about the ECB .

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | October 4, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    So if there was no "harmful" information/comments in the text messages sent, what did KP apologise for?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 4, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    I have to say - and a couple of folk have said this already - this all seems very weird.I said at the time , if there was nothing to the texts then why did KP go AWOL when ECB asked them to explain the texts? And why now is Clarke saying he believed there was nothing derogatory in them? If that is the case then why have we been without KP for the final SA test and this T20 WC? If it was a punishment for KP and now Clarke is saying that he believed there was nothing derogatory about the texts then what exactly was he being punished for? Sorry but I don't believe that Clarke believes there was nothing derogatory in the texts .I'm sure there's more to it as it doesn't add up Please actually publish this time. There is nothing of offence to anyone

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 4, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    @cricraz on (October 03 2012, 12:05 PM GMT) You may think England need KP more than KP needs England but the most important thing is the people in ECB who devise the contracts don't and neither obviously does KP. Re the Parody Twitter account , Broad was investigated by ECB and ESPN and cleared so that's one down and what has Flower supposed to have to do with the Twitter account - I really can't believe he'd have the time or inclin to bother with that. Also you say "Swann's biography derogatory of KP" - Makes it sound like the whole book was about KP. I don't know what Swann said so maybe you or some other better informed fans could tell me what exactly Swann said that was so bad about KP so I can judge for myself. You never know I might even agree with you. Re the big T20 leagues - either he really wants to play for England or ECB pay better wages than you'd think. Please actually publish this time. There is nothing of offence to the poster or to anyone

  • POSTED BY susheel93 on | October 4, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    I think ECB was fearful of 4-0 drubbing at the hands of India. Why would they change stance othewise? India should prepare rank turners and see how these so called greats(Cook, Bell, Pieterson et all) perform in alien conditions.

  • POSTED BY WishW on | October 4, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    @hammond...finest batsman atm?are you forgetting the great Sangakkara?

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | October 4, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    @MuraliKrishna, its not just about India tour, they want to see his commitment, it was not the first time he was caught up in scandals, he had the same in 2008 tour of SA with Peter moores and then in India in Late 2008, he has been able to get excused then, but now ofcourse they need to see how committed he is to English Cricket. He will definitely get his extension based not only performance, but his overall behaviour with the team. cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | October 4, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    @WishW- he is a LONG long way from being the best batsman ever to play for England, even the bloke my user name is named after was a far superior batsman. But it will be good to have him in the middle order again, he is one of, if not the, finest batsman in world crciket at the moment.

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    yeah indian tour will be over with in 4 months

  • POSTED BY WishW on | October 4, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    great day for English cricket and test Cricket followers all around the world...best batsman ever to play for England...now please take him to India!

  • POSTED BY phoenixsteve on | October 3, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    It seems that the 'powers that be' are ready to welcome KP back but they may want him to grovel some moore..... Bizarre. Being a cynic I wonder whether this would have happened if England were in the semis of the T20WC and looking good? It will also be interesting to see how they deal with things should KP have a lean run? Will they show him the same patience and consideration as say Bell or Trott? Hopefully the new test skipper will breathe some fresh air into the side? It's needed after all this stale sourness. I've never been a huge KP fan but think he's been hard done by and that his 'indescretions' could of been handled with more professionalism/secrecy and a lot more fairness. Hopefully this is all water under the bridge and we can look forward to more entertainment KP style! Hope I'm not being premature when I say enthusiastically "WELCOME BACK K.P. - ENGLAND HAS MISSED YOU!" It's made this England supporter happier about the future! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | October 3, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    I think the one good thing is that they have put him on a short term contract so if in that time there is any more ill feeling , then either party can get away from the other. This whole story really baffles me. KP is apologising , but if there was nothing derogatory in the texts (as Clarke says he now believes) then what behaviour is KP actually apologising for? Also if Clarke is now saying he believes there was nothing derogatory in the texts then why is KP not making an issue of it , saying "Why have you dropped me etc"? And why has he not been fighting for his place back in the side if he believes he was wronged?

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 3, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    I think ECB was fearful of 4-0 drubbing at the hands of India. Why would they change stance othewise? India should prepare rank turners and see how these so called greats(Cook, Bell, Pieterson et all) perform in alien conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Its a good news for all his fans.. his support must needed for england team...

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | October 3, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    The South African quota mustve been a little low. Boy the cupboards are bare.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Any bets on how long it will be before KP throws his toys out of the pram again. If he really wants to play for his country let SA have him. Sad day for English cricketers.

  • POSTED BY amisehWINDIEScricket4life on | October 3, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Kevin is being treated like a spoilt child. Despite is indiscretion he is very much beloved by all and sundry1

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Nice decision taken by ECB but not in perfect time , if that contract with the ECB done before t-20 world cups it might have benefit for England cricket team and also we hope England can entire semifinal in t-20 world cup 2012 .

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | October 3, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    @ Thomas Andrew Blandford "I still think players should be allowed to pick and choose which formats of the game they play (but not the matches, just the formats), because you know, we're in 2012, and it's the modern way, and no person should be denied the right to work for money even if it's in a lucrative tournament that clashes with starts of seasons"... You are right about the year.. and even about the century we live in, but one basic fact remnains sancrosanct in business,, he who pays the piper calls the tune.. However.... like any other contracted player he CAN pick and choose his formats... either Tests only, or Tests and Limited Overs.. If he wants to give up Tests to play IPL, then he is free to do so.Unless he has opted out, what he cant do is select which Test series he will play in because it clashes with IPL or something similar. He either plays all Tests he's selected for... or none. That's his choice.

  • POSTED BY csr11 on | October 3, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Predictable end to the parody... ECB throws a tantrum.. And discover soon enough that their young guns are actually more like water pistols in the subcontinent. they run back with their tail between their legs to kp the messiah.. Who duly obliges with a bland apology.. All is well now. Just a little more reintegration drama. the english fans who were were being holier than thou are not the only ones with egg on their faces, they have swann andersen and broad for company.. @yorkshirematt england played 5 test matches in the subcontinent this year, lost 4 and won 1.. Please go and check the scorecard of the one they won..

  • POSTED BY ameen786 on | October 3, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    well good news for England KP is like tyre for England Batting line up....In India KP will very Handy as he knows the conditions very del than any other player of England.... I think we should close this chapter and stop behaving like kids,KP is back England batting line up is strong and go and win in India....Best of luck to KP and England.....

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    i m dying to see him in action............

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Worst management in the cricket history ever because they should have solved before T20 World cup and they solved after losing big world cup.Any way KP beats ECB VERY CLEARLY and Management afraid of strong players and sponsors.

  • POSTED BY bigwonder on | October 3, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    No surprise here. It was bound to happen. ECB knew England has 0 chance of winning in India without KP and this decision shows how desperate they are. I guess some of the arrogance of ECB has been lost after #1 test title was lost earlier in August.

  • POSTED BY kevinpp2412 on | October 3, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    This is the best news for england cricket!! he is the spearhead of entire english team.......BEAT OF LUCK KP!! u rocks i m sooooooooooo happy

  • POSTED BY liz1558 on | October 3, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Right timing, right decision, well done all round. For the next couple of years England will need KP (on form, that is) more than KP needs England. India and Ashes X2 may be impossible without him. He came to England to secure his status in the history books, and the next 18 months give him every opportunity to do that with a side that still has the potential to help achieve his dreams. England will beat an average India side 2-0, Aus 4-0 and then draw 2-2 Down Under. Simples. Then KP will retire from international cricket; the dude loves to be loved, and what more love could be offered than adoring IPL fans in packed stadia?

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Suggestions for what Pietersen's 'reintegration' process involves? I'm reckon paying some ipl money & giving foot rubs to Swann, Broad and anderson

  • POSTED BY bluebillion on | October 3, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    I wonder if this would have happened had England not been humiliated by India in the World T20. The ECB got scared and ran to KP to rescue them.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Andy Flower is the reason KP wasn't in the team sooner than this. And look at the results, England lost badly against South Africa and crashed out of the T20 world cup. Andy Flower has brought a lot of success to the England team but I feel he is now getting to big for his boots and could also lead to the team's downfall....

  • POSTED BY bexleylion on | October 3, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    This smacks of desperation by the ECB on the back of the T/20 failure? KP has previously fallen out with South Africa, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire, Peter Moores, nice guy Andrew Strauss, and a host of other England and County circuit management and players. No foundings for this but how strange that Surrey have fallen apart as a team since his arrival? How long before he causes Andy Flower to 'walk' before he himself has another tantrum or misses his wife? No matter how good the player, this is bad, bad decision by the ECB, that will only end in yet more tears. Dressing room for one anybody?

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    ECB knew that they r worst than ireland with out kp....they dont have own talent..

  • POSTED BY LionFromLanka on | October 3, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Ultimately ECB had to knee down for Kevin. It is such a waste not including him for T20 world cup ... Believe this is good step from them.

  • POSTED BY ilyas_US on | October 3, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Wasn't ECB and flower saying we will make him example. Seems like they learned their lessons from this example only after one mega event.

  • POSTED BY amitkar on | October 3, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    The fate of a former South African to play for England now lies at the hand of a former Zimbabwean born in South Africa..Cricket is truly globalised

  • POSTED BY sukku88 on | October 3, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Welcome back KP.. :) Love to see you playing in Indian tour against our spin attack..!!

  • POSTED BY Rogerunionjack on | October 3, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Finally......... KP is back! So now we are back to full strength. Well done ECB, could have & should have been sorted out earlier, better late than never. KP's presence, aura and personality itself gives the team a head start. Deja vu Indians, looks like it's another 4-0 coming up. The world's best batting line up (Cook, Trott, Bell, KP, etc.) vs a bunch of club bowlers, pie chuckers and museum batsmen. An absolute no contest. Our first steps to being No. 1 again start this winter.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Two issues here: 1. The ECB's statement, far from clarifying Textgate, inadvertently poses more questions than it answers. Here are just a few: if the texts in question were so innocuous, why didn't KP provide full disclosure of them immediately rather than transparently attempting to evade the issue altogether? If the ECB now believes they were so harmless, what, precisely, has occurred in order for them to perform such a 180-degree volte-face? If there was *never* any conclusive evidence to indicate that the content of the texts undermined team morale &/or performance, why did they then deprive England of her best batsman for a vital Test match as well as for the T20 World Cup? If the 'investigation' was so thorough, why is it that the precise content of the texts remains unknown? 2. Those who assume KP's now a shoe-in for India might want to reflect on the fact that we've already picked 8 specialist batsmen (including Patel). It's possible that there simply won't be room for him.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | October 3, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Quote "ECB is satisfied, following receipt of this binding assurance, that to the best of his recollection, Kevin did not convey any messages which were derogatory about the England Captain, the England Team Director, the ECB or employees of the ECB. Furthermore, there was no tactical information whatsoever provided to members of the South African touring party." Unquote If the ECB have accepted that these are the facts, then all this fuss is about "provocative" texts whatever that may mean. We the paying public, who after all, provide a fair proportion of the ECB's and therefore Pietersen's income are none the wiser. Moreover, what has changed since Pietersen rejected a 4 month contract just a short time ago....Another of his now regular changes of heart perhaps. There's an old saying " a leopard cant change its spots" Time will tell if he really is the changed character that he seems to have convinced the ECB he is. I'm not holding my breath.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    I feel so happy..Atlast i can see him back in action.. i was so worried about him...Kevin Pakistani's love you as well. You are a very strong man. Welcome Back.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | October 3, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Kev's back! And all the haters will be quivering in their boots when he scores his next century for England! Welcome back KP.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    simply awful. had it not been england's premature exit from t20 world cup Peterson's fate wouldn't have even considered..

  • POSTED BY Cricket_vs_Football on | October 3, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Guysssss where is the dignity/ of england is gone?? I duuno

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | October 3, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    "Reintegration" haha fancy word. KP is made out to be something like a serial killer on parole trying to fit into the society. The media and guys who run the cricket are getting weirder by the minute

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | October 3, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    @FreddyForPrimeMinister - are you Mr.Flower in disguise...apparently lot of ECB players do such things..like creating parody account etc.

    LOL you know why there is few weeks of integration...its called PRIDE...we are giving KP a chance to prove himself that he can keep his mouth/tweets shut for that period while we will be humiliating in the dressing room. But ofcourse he should ensure England Wins the Series against India..if not he will be dropped.

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | October 3, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    @cric_freakNo2, 11:32 AM GMT: You're wrong!

  • POSTED BY darvindk on | October 3, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Its because sudden retierment of there open-captain ECB left without choice, otherwise ....... u know

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    At least the first steps to resolution have been taken, but the ECB does need to look at its Central Contracts and its Team Management Structure. While not one person is bigger than the team, this really should've been resolved far sooner than up until now, and only now have the ECB realised that they're not much without KP. I still think players should be allowed to pick and choose which formats of the game they play (but not the matches, just the formats), because you know, we're in 2012, and it's the modern way, and no person should be denied the right to work for money even if it's in a lucrative tournament that clashes with starts of seasons. Compromises must be made. Let the haters hate, but I for one am glad that at long last, things are starting to move forward. For better or for worse? I hope not the latter, but time will tell.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Happy for KP. He made his point. Please pay players well, cut down on playing time, and reduce international travel.

  • POSTED BY Long-Leg on | October 3, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    I would like to congratulate ECB on the way they have handled this. They have taken their time, stayed strong and got Pietersen back entirely on their own terms. Not only that, but he has come back with his tail between his legs on a four month probation. Perhaps he has finally realised that he needs England more than they need him. Also I would remind those who think that KP is England's only hope in India that he scored a total of 56 runs in 6 test innings in the UAE in Pakistan and was probably our worst batsman. He was up against some stiff competition for that particular accolade too.

  • POSTED BY JacksDad on | October 3, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Finally, all concerned have started to behave like grown-ups and found a way to put the past behind them and move on, hold it together, move on, life's so short, move on.

  • POSTED BY Charlie101 on | October 3, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    hopefully this whole affair is now over and England can now concentrate on the cricket again. I hope that in future PK engages his brain before opening his mouth and Swanny and Broad etc make a big effort to mend fences.

    I do not think even with KP in the side we would have retained our T20 title as the event is held in the subcontinent. It is significant that the Aussies are doing well as virtually all their players feature in the IPL and perhaps our younger players such as Hales and Butler should have been encouraged to play in one of the subcontinent T20 tournements to ready themselves. I hope they look seriously at Cook to captain all 3 formats to help the reintegration as Broad has not helped with this whole affair.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Happy for KP. Same way about Chris Gayle. Wicked wicket boards, pl respect the players. Too bad the old hats didn't have the same incentives. Sorry.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    its good to see his on the field... hell yeah

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | October 3, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Pietersen is not the messiah like everyone (not english) seems to think. He will fare no better in India than the rest of the squad, as was shown by his figures in the UAE

  • POSTED BY grahamrd on | October 3, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Good enough for me. Get him back in the team

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Seems like England have caved now that their middle order looks a bit soft without KP. They'd lost their skipper and best player, but made noises about being better off and team harmony being better. Half-hearted meeting in the middle by the ECB - have no doubt that he had a go at Strauss as reported earlier. The ECB have done their best to save face and bring KP back, but all they've done is do what they apparently stood against: giving one man more attention and power than the rest of the team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    A sorry state of affairs when the man is bigger than the team!!!! N.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | October 3, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    indian and england selectors are always JOKERS. They learn it in hard way after early exits from major tournaments.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | October 3, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Andy Flower took a chance in the WT20; it did not work. If England were in the semis, KP would have found a different future.

  • POSTED BY FreddyForPrimeMinister on | October 3, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    @ ansarjsa on (October 03 2012, 10:54 AM GMT) - thanks mate, it's great to hear someone who ISN'T blatantly prejudiced against England! And good luck in the T20 semi's and final - it would be wonderful for your country to win after all the problems you've had over the past 2/3 years. As for KP, I've no problem with everyone kissing and making up - we all make mistakes and he's clearly made some horrendous ones here. However, as the saying goes, "It's best to give an enemy a thousand chances to become a friend, but don't give a friend a single chance to become an enemy." I don't know why there has to be a few weeks or months of "integration" - surely KP and those teammates affected should just go out for a beer, apologize and agree to use this episode as a real catalyst to get England back to being the best team it can possibly be. Simples.

  • POSTED BY Vamshi_Anand on | October 3, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    The only thing England may have learned about batting in Kevin's absence is that they cannot bat well without Kevin in their team.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | October 3, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    I am afraid this nothing short of a joke and I dont see much sense in all this other than of course seing KP back on the park.

  • POSTED BY stumpedlloyd on | October 3, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    If only everyone had come to their senses prior to the T20 World Cup. Yes, Pietersen is arrogant, but his omission leaves a giant void in the English batting lineup that they cannot fill right now. But this whole issue of "reintegration" sounds awfully weird. Has the ECB gone communist? Anyone allowed back in has to be re-educated first? All this chatter about a calm and convivial dressing room - what has it gotten England? Let KP tour India and, I hope, the team does really well there. Though, given how they performed against spinners in Sri Lanka, I'd expect India to prepare wicked turners.

  • POSTED BY mumerashfaq on | October 3, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Thankfully Andy Flower and ECB admitted that their team can't do anything without KP......

  • POSTED BY zoot on | October 3, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Great news cricket needs its top performers with so many retirements in recent years.

  • POSTED BY Nehans on | October 3, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    what reintegration period?? isn't KP is still in colombo for the entire duration for the T20 world cup and then flying to South Africa to play CL T20 2012 from October 9-28 2012?.....

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    love to see him in ground rather than studio but problems for india though.but Pietersen over reacted in above statement considering they way england supporters treated him all during these difficult time

  • POSTED BY emmersonne on | October 3, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @promal

    It sounds a bit like an "I shouldn't have to prove my innocence - you should trust me!" incident if rumours about the text content was untrue. Stubborn and silly, but I can understand it.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Finally ECB realised that without Pietersen they can't even compete properly anywhere in the world!!

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | October 3, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    A 4 month contract is not the ideal re-start. But atleast the ice has been broken..Hope he is now added to the Test squad for the Indian tour. Fingers crossed.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    We need him in India to be fair as during this world cup we were all at sea with our batting. However,the ECB need to try and find a window in the international calendar to allow our best players to play in the IPL. Playing test matches in Rainny April /early May is no point so we might as well let our players play in decent conditions and learn how to play on turning pitches. The only other way of improving our technique against spin is for some of our players to play Pakistani,Sri Lankan or indian domestic cricket. Overseas international players play domestic cricket to improve their technique and we wonder why when they tour here with their national team that they play well.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | October 3, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Well, thats that. Pretty sure that Flower will ensure he is 're-integrated' well before the India series. lol@ECB who is running scared.

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | October 3, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Assuming that this 4 month contract starts immediately then surely it suggests that KP will start his 'reintegration' with a call up for the India tour? Otherwise what is the point of such a short term contract?

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Its too late. If KP was there, england could have played semi.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_vs_Football on | October 3, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Guysssss where is the dignity/ of england is gone?? I duuno

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    what the hell were those txt msgs man ? its all so silly...English are weird

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | October 3, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Great news for England fans that this begining to get sorted.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | October 3, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    @promal, South Africa used the sort of mind games on England that England had used on Ricky Ponting in 2005. The whole business of demanding and getting a rule change when Steve Finn was bowling when, in fact, the fielding side already suffers the substantial punishment of not being able to exercise a runout at the bowlers end from a throw or deflection; the gleeful destabilisation of the England side by releasing the texts; etc. On one level you really have to admire them for waging total war. Mind you, it may not be the ideal way for the game to be played in the future if al teams adopt these tactics.

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | October 3, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    the result of the investigation that took 2 months concluded with "ECB is now satisfied that KP didn't convey any message that were derogatory about Straus or ...." and this has cost England number one test status, strauss resignation, T20 world cup and lot more where as KP got a lucrative commentary role, and a realization from ECB that he is invincible...

  • POSTED BY Juiceoftheapple on | October 3, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Flower: You can come back but you're not allowed to talk about anyone else to anyone ever, on any communication device. Got that? KP: Sort of.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | October 3, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    A sie issue: will KP actually have a county next season? It was reported that Surrey would not be re-signing him.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    this is just unbelievable !

  • POSTED BY jbenja on | October 3, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I knew this was going to happen sooner or later as England without him look totally useless and good for nothing.. especially in the subcontinent.. Wotever his mistake is, ECB and Flower have to accept that he is the only World Class Player they have and everyone looks so so ordianry. Some England players are also to be blamed for provoking him and its unfortunate that they have escaped unpunished.. This could have been done a bit earlier but for Flowers unwanted ego and resistance.. He has now had to accept defeat. Anyways. All the best KP. You are the best and the rest are just .....

  • POSTED BY cricraz on | October 3, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    KP should have made Broad, Swann, Anderson and Andy Flower apologize for the twitter Parody and Swann's biography derogatory of KP. England needs KP more than he needs them. He is " wanted" by all the T20 leagues all over the world.

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | October 3, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    luv this news. welcome back KP. I don't know how the English will take this, but we Indians love you. We know that with you in their ranks, we will find it difficult playing the English later this month,yet, we want you in the team . Go KP Go.. All the best.. from a loyal Dravid fan.

  • POSTED BY Ram-i on | October 3, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Well, the timing could not have been more correct. As everyone who reads the page will deduce, the ECB's saw England play spin and decided the only way they can compete is to draft KP back. KP is a great player no doubt and a character at that, but with all the ECB county's and leagues in England, can't believe there is a dearth of good players such that England look to KP, Morgan, et al for success and some time back i was hearing they are looking to take on Ryan ten Doeschate as well. England will be left with less english and more expats.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | October 3, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Has the ECB sold its soul, or has KP given up the megabucks that he could have earned from the IPL, BBL, SLPL, etc? Discuss! KP commited an infraction, was disciplined and is now being sllowed to return having eaten a fair amount of crow after an affair that reflected well on no one and could have been settled far earlier.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | October 3, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Finly ECB realize they can't achieve anything in India without KP

  • POSTED BY sanjaycrickfan on | October 3, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    KP, you are going to be Ojha's bunny when you tour India. Among English cricketers I have to say, I like KP the most though.

  • POSTED BY alikhan224 on | October 3, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    well if he is included in the england team touring india, then GOD help india...i hope the BCCI prepares dead pitches, otherwise if there is any life in the pitches, india will be looking at 4-0 going down to england once again..wake up BCCI.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    compromise with the cricket legend is no shame........... its good that ECB realize KP importance earlier before any awful defeat for ENGLISH PLAYER.

    BEST OF LUCK

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Administrators realise eventually that well honed talents like Gayle and Pieterson are rare. There will be flawed geniuses they will have to deal some time. e.g. India has a Sehwag problem now with his lack of effort, fitness and dont care attitude.

  • POSTED BY Aura123 on | October 3, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    We missed KP duirng T20 world cup. KP could have been equal to Gayle or Watson during the world cup. Good to see KP back. KP fan from Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Manush on | October 3, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Good news KP should keep cool for all provocations and concentrate on the game again

  • POSTED BY yezdi70 on | October 3, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    What a shambles...I agree KP was not on the right...but yet England wanted to get rid of him totally and only went back to him because of the upcoming India tour. They know that their players are simply not equipped to deal with the Indian conditions as was shown up at the T20 WC. Until the England team landed in SL there was no place for KP and Flower himself ruled things out. Now suddenly they need him. The England board is pathetic.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    This is the best news for English Cricket fan that ECB actually realizes that "Touring India without KP is just like a TIME TO WASTE for them. KP is the champion player and would be enough single handedly on his day.

  • POSTED BY Vincent49 on | October 3, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    KP is such a princess. He's certainly not a gritty warrior. ECB would agree to any terms.

  • POSTED BY ankit_barry on | October 3, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Great news!! KP is a super player better than anyone in current or past english teams. Spit & lick for ECB & flower. Now i just wish he comes for India tour.

  • POSTED BY tbaakza on | October 3, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @BEN KEMPSTER, HOW CONVENIENT, WOULD HAVE TAKEN THEM A FEW HOURS TO GET ALL THE MESSAGES AND LOGS, ECB BLINKED

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | October 3, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    the squad has been selected he should wait till an injury dictates an addition to that squad. or better still leave him sitting back in london counting his cash.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Tour of India and ECB is behind KP again. Entire drama looks filmy.

  • POSTED BY gudolerhum on | October 3, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    I am glad this stupid affair is over. KP hopefully has learned a lesson. One does not undermine the team which one plays for. England is home from the T20 World Cup partly due to his stupidity. I hope he can get back into the team a.s.a.p. He does not know how to think and needs proper advice, fire the present bunch who have got him into this mess and start again.

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | October 3, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    No one blinked....I would much prefer that Eng move on without KP which is what most England fan posting here wants. However, if ECB were to not welcome back KP anymore, this would have dragged on for many many many years with the courts involved, etc. This is pretty much last chance saloon for KP. The contract he will be signing is probably gonna be water tight and any misstep would mean the end of his Int'l playing career.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | October 3, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Not that I agree with the decision, but any English citizen should be given a second chance to play for their own country. That said he will be very handy during the ashes, if Old Nick himself was available for England selection and could whack a few bog average aussie fast bowlers around I would shake his hand.

  • POSTED BY imti1969 on | October 3, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    What ever happened good or bad, we were very happy to see KP with the panel of Pundits....

  • POSTED BY Akshita29 on | October 3, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    @Benn Kepster Do you know anything about BBM . People use BBm to keep personal messages private . So no way network provider could have any access to those Only The BBM server admin might be able to reveal what was in there . But unless its a extremely serious crime of some kind they wont do it even if they could. If BBm server started to reveal these kind of personal messages then no one will use BBM .

  • POSTED BY cric_freakNo2 on | October 3, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    The main reason for ECB to reinstate pietersen is that they came to know they have no chance of winning against top teams without pietersen. can someone say that i m wrong?

  • POSTED BY MMA1983 on | October 3, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    I see its not only PCB who doesn't care about the bigger picture,,,, where is the "Visionary English Think Tank".

  • POSTED BY aurorion on | October 3, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Excellent news for England. But as an Indian fan, I hope KP is back in the team only for the NZ tour next year. His absence will help India to crush England in their tour to India!

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    poor England.. finally understood they cannot win without KP. but too late. we need the player . he is the most successful one in south Asia .Crazy Englishmen. lost because of silly pride .

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    kp we love you .but you have to change yours attitude

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Would rather he never play for England again. You've had too many chances, Kev.

  • POSTED BY 100_rabh on | October 3, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    expect that BBM to surface out from somewhere very soon and then round of other controversies

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    I am wondering what the England changing room atmosphere is going to be like.

  • POSTED BY Nerav on | October 3, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Disappointed with KP - he can do much better than England. But i suspect he will have more choice in the games he plays. Team tensions will remain as ever. The swans and broads will not like KP's return as they find it unfair that they cant get an IPL contract. I hope we don't get a repeat of this again

    On the other hand good to see a top player back on the international scene.

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Finally!! So hypocritical for the ECB to admonish Pietersen's behaviour and claim they are putting the team first when they have behaved like sulky children and have made the team suffer by his absence. Eng could have gone far this tournament but they cut off their own nose to spite their face.

  • POSTED BY guptahitesh4u on | October 3, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    ECB has realized that the current team needs KP to win matches!

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    atleast they did it b4 India tour! ECB nw understand that they cant wot KP! gud luck KP

  • POSTED BY Rastus on | October 3, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Why do they need a "re-integration" process? The England team are supposed to be grown men not wild animals. The ECB need to take a step back and see how ridiculous this whole thing is. Just tell the rest of the team that KP is back and if anyone doesn't like it the don't have to play.

  • POSTED BY Usuf on | October 3, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    so finally Ecb realises they cannot win without KP.

  • POSTED BY TontonZolaMoukoko on | October 3, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    This whole thing could work out well. KP rested for the jit and giggle T20 comp which no-one in England really cares about (although it is good telly) and will hopefully be refreshed for the real cricket of this winter, a tough test series in India.

  • POSTED BY JunaidRao on | October 3, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Great news. As a Pakistani I'm a great fan of KP nice to see him again in English team. Best of luck to KP for his future.

  • POSTED BY FIPL on | October 3, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    BOOM BOOM KEVIN - ECB OOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPPSSSSSSSS

  • POSTED BY Knightriders_suck on | October 3, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    So the snobbish english get back their favorite whipping boy. Now what would swann say, are the 11 horses stil pulling in the same direction?

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    If this would have been done before WC t20 2012, we could have seen KP's heroics and surely England would have gone to make semi's. But, anyways, welcome back KP.

  • POSTED BY chandravp on | October 3, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    This is the result of pathetic show by England in T20 WC. If England would have performed decently, ECB would never have accepted Kevin's assurances/comments (especially about BBM's)

  • POSTED BY ultimatewarrior on | October 3, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    This is just like full speed reverse from the English Cricket Board in the light of WT20 brutal losses of England.....I think now they are too late to save their reputation after losing world no.1 titles...

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | October 3, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    So flower finally agrees that England cannot be at their best without KP, he has realized it pretty late!!

  • POSTED BY malepas on | October 3, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Grapes are sour,,,comes to mind first for ECB,,now they have seen what difference KP can make in this team and looming Indian tour and potential grilling they gonna get out there,,,they came to thier senses now,,but this has already cost England a world cup,,Flower needs to get his ego sorted as well,,as he is proving a baggage for ECB...But the right decision never the less...but this was a forced one so no sure how this will pan out with KP and other players. Some of them thinks they are bigger then games...

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Well good Decision By ECB.... they Realize the Importance of Key & Experience Player like Kp Good Lucj Kp Love u frm PAK

  • POSTED BY MJStarcX on | October 3, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    And Then They Said : We Can Defend Title Without Kevin Peterson :D Buhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • POSTED BY usman821 on | October 3, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    thats good decision by ECB but a little late as KP's inclusion in the team for T20 WC was very much needed....

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | October 3, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    So, ECB were completely doing it on their own with some baseless allegation with help of their own media! Now they come up with somewhat a clean slate on KP. Shouldn't it be KP's turn now? Let him lay down his own proposals for the central contract. 4 month contract is a joke i think. Either accept KP as a full time player again and treat him as the same or leave him out of the plans. Is he in probation period or what with the 4 month contract? WILL HE PLAY IN INDIA NOW??

  • POSTED BY Shabbirshah on | October 3, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    ECB finally comes to know that they are nothing without Pietersen... Only after humiliation in T20 world cup...

  • POSTED BY Noball_Specialist on | October 3, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Well done ECB - you've taught Pieterson a lesson!

    That you're willing to lose a global tournament rather than pick your best ODI batsmen! Excellent!

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Disgrace! England have sold their soul for success....

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    So Ecb blinked first and realised without kp they cannot win

  • POSTED BY Baber_Baloch on | October 3, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    very cool move for KP aslo for Eng team...good luck kp from PAk

  • POSTED BY promal on | October 3, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    This whole text message debacle is very weird and shady. Why didn't Kevin deny the derogatory content part before? What's the difference between `derogatory' and `provocative'? Don't the South Africans still have the messages, even if KP has deleted them? After all, the whole issue was instigated by South Africa as they have `leaked' the intention of the texts but not its contents. All very fishy and silly.

  • POSTED BY Lankanforever on | October 3, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    1 week too late. and this 25 char rule in cricinfo makes me type more. :D

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Rubbish. Has anyone contacted his network provider to get hold of the content?

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Hello head, this is sand. Dig in...

  • POSTED BY shaalim on | October 3, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    If both parties could have agree before T20 world cup, England may be a team which is going to play semi final... He is one of the great batsman and one man show... But another positive aspect is that 'England batsman have learned some batting in absence of Kevin'

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  • POSTED BY shaalim on | October 3, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    If both parties could have agree before T20 world cup, England may be a team which is going to play semi final... He is one of the great batsman and one man show... But another positive aspect is that 'England batsman have learned some batting in absence of Kevin'

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Hello head, this is sand. Dig in...

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Rubbish. Has anyone contacted his network provider to get hold of the content?

  • POSTED BY Lankanforever on | October 3, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    1 week too late. and this 25 char rule in cricinfo makes me type more. :D

  • POSTED BY promal on | October 3, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    This whole text message debacle is very weird and shady. Why didn't Kevin deny the derogatory content part before? What's the difference between `derogatory' and `provocative'? Don't the South Africans still have the messages, even if KP has deleted them? After all, the whole issue was instigated by South Africa as they have `leaked' the intention of the texts but not its contents. All very fishy and silly.

  • POSTED BY Baber_Baloch on | October 3, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    very cool move for KP aslo for Eng team...good luck kp from PAk

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    So Ecb blinked first and realised without kp they cannot win

  • POSTED BY on | October 3, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Disgrace! England have sold their soul for success....

  • POSTED BY Noball_Specialist on | October 3, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Well done ECB - you've taught Pieterson a lesson!

    That you're willing to lose a global tournament rather than pick your best ODI batsmen! Excellent!

  • POSTED BY Shabbirshah on | October 3, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    ECB finally comes to know that they are nothing without Pietersen... Only after humiliation in T20 world cup...