Collier insists that the South African players did provoke Pietersen into sending the derogatory text messages
The South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) have demanded that England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive David Collier apologise over the remarks he made about South African players provoking England batsman Kevin Pietersen into sending derogatory text messages.
Chief executive of SACA Tony Irish stated that Collier should be punished, just like a player would be, for making “an inflammatory comment”.
“Our players are angered by David Collier’s claims that they employed unfair and unsporting tactics against Kevin, by his own admission Mr Collier never saw any text messages, or correspondence, and we know that Kevin himself has never suggested that he was provoked, so where is the evidence for this claim? In international cricket, if a player makes an inflammatory comment or accusation he gets punished. Look what happened to Kevin Pietersen himself. The players think that the same should apply to administrators, especially when this is done publicly. Our players are awaiting an apology,” Irish said.
Collier made the comments about the South African players when speaking to the BBC.
When asked what he meant about the comments he had made, Collier said: “These were responses to messages from certain members of the South Africa team and I would not condone an England player doing it if it was the other way around, and I certainly think they provoked the situation. There was definitely a policy that was happening but we shouldn’t blame the South Africans, we should be above that. I think there was a tactic which was used. I think that is sadly some of the ways of modern sport.”
Pietersen was dropped from the England squad after sending these derogatory text messages about former Test captain Andrew Strauss to some of the South African players during the Test series this summer.
Pietersen also wasn’t included in England’s Twenty20 side for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, and instead ended up working as a TV pundit for ESPN Star Sports throughout the tournament.
When asked about the situation, South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith said: “We pride ourselves on being a sporting and ethical team. We talk a lot about values and our approach to the game. We play hard but we play fair and any suggestion that we did this as a tactic is totally unwarranted and unnecessary.”