03/10/2012 10:42 | By Lee Harvey, content editor, MSN Sport

ECB confirm Kevin Pietersen to be 're-integrated' into England team



Kevin Pietersen will return to the England Test side for the winter tour of India (© Nigel French-EMPICS Sport)

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed they have reached an agreement to 're-integrate' Kevin Pietersen into the England team.

The 32-year-old batsman was dropped for sending "provocative" text messages to opposition players during the Test series against South Africa.

Speaking at a press conference in Colombo ECB chairman Giles Clarke, Pietersen said he "wishes to put the events of the summer behind him and to focus on regaining his place in the England team".

An ECB statement read: "The ECB and Kevin Pietersen confirm that agreement has been reached concerning a process for his re-integration 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."

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03/10/2012 12:26
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Oh good, so he behaves like a spoilt brat when he's with the squad, makes a mockery out of Strauss's leadership and berates his team mates., sends text messages to the opposing team (allegedly),

 

And then the ECB let him back in, so he can carry on following his own agenda, this will come back again to haunt them I think

03/10/2012 12:26
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Can't be bothered with this drama queen any more, replace him with a young player, maybe even one whose actually english? 

03/10/2012 12:22
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not british, not loyal, not nice. egomaniac south african
03/10/2012 14:27
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Fast eddy

 

How would you know as you dont even know how to turn your CAPS LOCK off you Muppet ?

03/10/2012 12:56
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"to the best of his recollection" sounds like "being economical with the truth"!!
03/10/2012 14:24
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Well seems that the England and Wales Cricket Board are in league and following the FA. lol.

A great batsmen, no two ways about that. But not a very nice person. Beside not being loyal and arrogant, he is rubbing salt in a few wound, and flying in the faces of better men. So the rest of the team will have to abide whether they want to or not. It is but an unwanted, unneeded burden thrown upon players that want to do well in playing for their country. pride and place for their country being let down by a senile old brigade that should know better.

We have seen it all before, not least with the FA board enforcing the manager to pick players that they don't want to. Rooney spring to mind? I would have thought that common-sense and decency means more than that! Yet if some players said 'that's it, I don't wish to be considered playing along side of a South African that emailed our opponents how to beat us' they would be tarred and brushed with stupidities about loyalties and wanting to play for their country etc.


03/10/2012 13:10
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One word - WHY ?

 

Young professional players are queuing up to play for England and we have to bring back a self obsessed, up his own jacksy South African.

 

 

03/10/2012 14:10
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wait till someone comes along with a better offer, and he will be off.
03/10/2012 13:18
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I can't believe they have put this sneak back in the England team.  He does not deserve this one bit. 
03/10/2012 13:59
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I amvery happy K P ,is back in the England set up I am allo so sorry he was left out of the world cup 2012 ICC Twenty 20.we certainly missed him. R L.

03/10/2012 16:11
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COMMON SENSE 
BEST BATSMAN WHO CAN CHANGE THE FLOW OF A MATCH IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.
03/10/2012 17:47
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im glad hes back nobody had a go at swann for slagging kp off in his book was far worse
03/10/2012 15:37
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I am glad KP is back, lets get on with the cricket, Message to KP keep your gob shut and just show us how good you are. England were poor at the 20-20 W-C with out you.
03/10/2012 18:22
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to our x england captain why the hell didn't yo open your ****g mouth and say  something to him  because you should have smaked him right in the mouth,  no wonder he's laughting  he's back on the payroll  what a joke          
03/10/2012 19:41
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stauss  are you for real  you should have stuck the nut on him   
03/10/2012 14:56
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England selectors haven't got the b4lls they were born with letting this South African reject play again!!
03/10/2012 19:22
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'Re-integrated in to team' What sort of arrogant pathetic statement is that?  KPs a 'dag' as they say down under. So what? We need a few more dags to give the game the kick up the botty it needs. For pity sakes get these morons out of running the sport and get in some real people, especially ones who won't continue to be bullied by the Indian cricket board pay-rolled by those who get rich by exploiting their own people.
03/10/2012 14:00
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IF THE TRUTH HURTS THAT MUCH DONT READ IT, THIS IS THE REAL WORLD SO GET USED TO IT.THINGS DONT ALWAYS TURN OUT THE WAY WE WANT THEM TO.
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