Pietersen attacks ECB over snub

The batsman said he was “absolutely devastated” to see his hopes of an England recall dashed.

New ECB director Andrew Strauss said on Tuesday there was no way back for the??34-year-old because of a “massive trust issue”.

Writing in his column in the Daily Telegraph, Pietersen said: “I just find it incredibly deceitful what has happened to me and am frankly finding difficult to understand right now.

“I have done everything I have been asked. I keep asking myself, what more??could I do?”

Pietersen said he felt he had been lured to a meeting with Strauss and ECB??chief executive Tom Harrison under false pretences, having been given the??impression he would be told he could still force his way back into England’s??plans.

The South African-born batsman was still able to reach an unbeaten 355 the following day for Surrey against Leicester at The Oval, his record first-class score, and added: “I have never hidden my determination to once again represent??England and having played one of the best innings of my career earlier in the??day, I must admit I was riding the crest of a wave.

“Yet it now looks clear Tom knew exactly what Strauss was going to tell me. I??messaged Tom after the meeting and asked him why he got me into a hotel knowing??precisely what I was going to be told and having already explicitly asked him if??that was going to be the case.

“”You talk about trust,” I said. He simply replied: “I am sorry you feel??that way, Kevin.”

“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.

“Now I certainly didn’t tell anybody, so who did? They say they don’t trust me??but how can anybody trust them?”

“Under the agreement of releasing me from my IPL contract, Sunrisers Hyderabad have the right to recall me for the final stages of the tournament, so on Friday – at their request – I???ll be travelling out to India. It???ll give me a good opportunity to cool down and assess what I’m going to do next. I’m just sorry it won???t be putting on an England shirt.”

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