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.