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Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been portrayed as a troublemaker in a leaked England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) document that was marked “strictly privileged and confidential”.
However, the ECB insist that the document is an internal email draft and is not “what it is purported to be”.
“This document is not what it is purported to be,” the ECB said via a statement. “It is simply a small part of a private legal email, compiling facts facts as part of the ECB lawyers’ internal due diligence in preparation for the publication of Kevin Pietersen’s book.”
The document, which is also known as the ‘dossier’, contains certain instances when Pietersen was “disengaged” when ex-head coach Andy Flower spoke to the team during meetings. It also has an entry which revealed that Pietersen wanted to return home if England found themselves 3-0 down in the last Ashes series in Australia, which they did, due to his chronic knee problem.
One entry from the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, which is titled “Alleged behaviour by KP/incidents involving KP”, says: “Immediately following England’s fourth day defeat in the Fourth Test, AF [Flower] encouraged Alistair Cook (AC) to lead a team meeting without team management in attendance to try and rally the squad before the final Test. KP told Matt Prior (MP) (and possibly others) that he had no interest in going to the meeting. MP told KP that it was ‘team time, not family time’.”
There is also another section that was obtained by ESPNcricinfo which revealed that the team and coaching staff were infuriated that Pietersen’s friend, Piers Morgan, was allowed to belittle captain Alastair Cook.
“It riled the team and management that KP allowed Piers Morgan to belittle AC and the team on social media,” the dossier said. “When asked by some of his team mates to get Piers Morgan to stop tweeting about the team, KP laughed at the players and told them to get a thicker skin.”
The dossier also brought to light the fact that Pietersen was unhappy with Michael Carberry opening the batting for England during the last Ashes series.
“KP made disparaging remarks about Michael Carberry in front of other England players and team management prior to the Fourth Test, stating ‘Aren’t there any better players at County level? Carberry is useless’,” the dossier said.