England situation not healthy, says Pietersen

The controversy surrounding the England team, following reports of a rift between Kevin Pietersen and Peter Moores, the coach, appears to have intensified with the captain admitting that the "situation is not healthy". Pietersen also said he wants the ECB to resolve the conflict as soon as possible.

"Obviously this situation is not healthy, we have to make sure it is settled as soon as possible and certainly before we fly off to the West Indies," he told the News of the World. "Everything has to be hunky dory, everybody has to have the same aims and pull in the same direction for the good of the England team."

The ECB had entrusted Hugh Morris, the managing director of England cricket, with the responsibility of resolving the ongoing conflict. It has also reportedly shortlisted a set of coaches to replace Peter Moores if the captain and coach cannot sort out their differences. The Sunday Telegraph said that Ashley Giles was being lined up as a stop-gap coach for the West Indies tour. Giles, currently an England selector, coached Warwickshire for a season after retiring last year, helping them back into Division One of the county championship.

Pietersen, however, was said to be favouring Graham Ford the Kent director of cricket. Ford coached South Africa between 1999 and 2002 and has been involved with Kent since 2005. He earned his coaching spurs during a popular and effective stint in the nineties in charge of Natal, where Pietersen played his first competitive cricket. He also worked with Pietersen during his school days.

He is reportedly not on the ECB shortlist, though. Andy Flower, the former Zimbabwe batsman and current England batting coach, is also not in the running as the ECB has apparently deemed him to have too little coaching experience.