Sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen says he is absolutely “devastated” on hearing the news that his hopes of returning to the national side have been dashed by England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) director of cricket Andrew Strauss.
Strauss on Tuesday revealed having “trust issues” with Pietersen and for that he would not be a part of the England team in the summer.
Pietersen was sacked by England in February 2014 after having repeated confrontations with teammates and the management.
“I am absolutely devastated that it looks like my hopes of an England recall have been brought to a close, especially given everything that has been said and asked of me,” Pietersen wrote in a column for telegraph.co.uk on Wednesday.
“I had a meeting with Andrew Strauss and Tom Harrison (ECB’s new chief executive) at a hotel in London on Monday night. Tom said, ‘You have had one of England’s greatest careers and we need to work together.’ So, of course, I agreed to the meeting.”
But Pietersen reveals it was the other way round at the meeting, saying Strauss made him know his plans of having an England outfit without him.
“Yet it now looks clear Tom knew exactly what Strauss was going to tell me. I messaged Tom after the meeting…’You talk about trust,’ I said. He simply replied: ‘I am sorry you feel that way, Kevin,’” he wrote.
“They have used the word trust to justify not selecting me, well, trust is a two-way thing. 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?”