Lord’s, London – In a sign that his reintegration into the England set-up may not yet be complete, it’s been revealed that news of an extension to Kevin Pietersen’s contract with the ECB was broken to the player via a text message sent to Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.
Whilst the upgrading of Pietersen’s current four-month deal to cover a full year is seen as a positive sign for his relationship with the English cricket authorities, the manner in which the news was broken has left many observers questioning whether England’s star batsman has yet to be fully forgiven.
With obvious parallels to be drawn with the text message scandal that engulfed Pietersen during the summer, ECB spokesman, Charles Jackson, was quick to stress that this was not a veiled reference to past events:
“We’re not trying to be clever by texting news of his new contract to members of the South African squad. It’s just that we weren’t able to contact Kevin directly and recent history has shown us that this is the quickest way to pass information to and from him.”
Pietersen’s agent was also keen to dismiss talk of a continued rift:
“There are no outstanding issues between our client and anybody else in the England set-up. So Kevin is understandably delighted with the new contract and can’t wait to share the news with his teammates as soon as they join him back at the hotel after thier end of series team meal.”