ECB stance on Pietersen remains unchanged

Controversial Kevin Pietersen still wants to play for England again
Controversial Kevin Pietersen still wants to play for England again

The England and Wales Cricket Board has clarified the situation regarding any possible return to the national team for Kevin Pietersen - insisting “nothing has changed”.

New ECB chairman Colin Graves appeared to open the door again to a conceivable route back into team for the record-breaking batsman who was sacked more than a year ago.

Graves made it clear nonetheless Pietersen must first play county cricket once more, having been de-registered by Surrey at the end of last season, if he is to have any chance of resuming his international career.

An ECB spokesman later said: “Colin Graves is correct. Nothing has changed - only players who are playing consistent high-quality county cricket and who are seen as a positive influence will be selected for England.”

England’s continued struggles in the short-form of the game prompt many to call for Pietersen’s return, even after the fall-out of his autobiography.

However, Pietersen has commitments to play in the Indian Premier League and Caribbean Premier League.