A “hurt and infuriated” Kevin Pietersen has lashed out at the “incredibly deceitful” treatment being forced upon him by newly appointed ECB Director Andrew Strauss. He said that he has done everything possible to earn a England recall but the “massive trust issue” comments by Strauss sounded pretty illogical to him.
In a piece headlined My fury at England deceit, KP said:
“I just find it incredibly deceitful what has happened to me and am frankly finding it difficult to understand right now.
“I have done everything I have been asked. I keep asking myself, what more could I do?
“I went into the meeting expecting Strauss to say that England’s batting order is good at the moment but if I continued to score runs and if an injury occurred then I would be in contention to play.
“I would naturally have to earn my recall, but at least I would be eligible. But no. Quite simply, I feel deeply misled.”
“They have used the word trust to justify not selecting me, well, trust is a two-way thing,” Pietersen added.
“I couldn’t believe just half an hour after I had my meeting, the result of it was on the internet and on the BBC airwaves. Now I certainly didn’t tell anybody, so who did?
“They say they don’t trust me but how can anybody trust them?”
Strauss’s revelation that he had told Pietersen that his England future is over, then on the other hand offered him an advisory role with the England ODI team perplexed the observers yesterday night and Pietersen was also quick to seize upon it.
“It is true that after telling me I did not have a future for England, Strauss offered me the chance to sit on his advisory panel. But I told him to forget it,” Pietersen wrote.
“How can he in one sentence say we cannot trust you and then in the next try and say we want you to be on a board because you have such a wonderful cricket brain?
“At that point I asked: ‘Who doesn’t trust me? You have a new chairman, a new CEO, we have spent the last 10 minutes sorting out our differences like adults. Let’s go through the batting order.”
“I rattled off names. He could not give me any names. He said it is a broader thing and not just the players.”
Pietersen said that now he would fly to India on May 15 – to fulfil his obligations for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for the remainder of IPL 8.
“It’ll give me a good opportunity to cool down and assess what I’m going to do next,” wrote Pietersen. “I’m just sorry it won’t be putting on an England shirt.”