The England and Wales Cricket Board had given the names of three players who can access to the Kevin Pietersen Twitter parody account, that caused a rift between England’s star batsman and his colleagues.
Alec Stewart has confirmed to the Telegraph Sport that he stands with Pietersen, who made some claims in his autobiography that he passed on the names of the players, including Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, to Hugh Morris, the then director of the England team, and Andy Flower.
In his book Pietersen wrote that Stewart passed the info of Morris and Flower that Bailey had told him three England players had the account’s password on their mobile phones giving them the ability to tweet from it themselves. Pietersen writes in his book how he was “totally broken” when he found out team-mates had been passing on information to Bailey.
“I absolutely stand by what is written in Pietersen’s book,” said Stewart, England’s most matches captained Test cricketer for Pakistan. “I went and told Hugh Morris and Andy Flower on separate occasions what I had been told by this fella.”
Stewart said he was approached by Bailey during Oval Test against South Africa in 2012 on three separate occasions. “I said to him some of it [the account] was very funny and that he had got some good information. He said yes I do. He then said, ‘Can you keep a secret?’ I said, ‘it depends’. He went away and then came back and named three players who had access to the account password.”
“If that was the case it did not sit well with me that three players were taking the mickey out of a fellow player publicly to that extent on a public forum. Dressing rooms can be harsh places and I have no problem with that. Take the mickey but not out of someone’s job. I passed it on to the ECB and it was up to them how they dealt with it. I was doing it for the good of the England team and how the hierarchy dealt with it was up to them but I felt they had to be made aware of it.” said Stewart.