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ECB chairman says "no promises" made to Pietersen

AFP logoAFP 15-05-2015
Colin Graves, the incoming chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, was adamant Friday that he "didn't make any promises" to Kevin Pietersen, above, about a possible return to Test cricket. © Dan Mullan/Getty Images Colin Graves, the incoming chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, was adamant Friday that he "didn't make any promises" to Kevin Pietersen, above, about a possible return to Test cricket.

Colin Graves, the incoming chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, was adamant Friday that he "didn't make any promises" to Kevin Pietersen about a possible return to Test cricket.

Graves, whose tenure as ECB chairman started Friday, released a statement via the governing body's website in his first public response to claims from Pietersen that he had received "incredibly deceitful" treatment.

Andrew Strauss, the new ECB director of cricket and Pietersen's successor as England captain, said Tuesday that a "massive trust issue" prevented the South Africa-born batsman's return, even though Pietersen is England's all-time leading run-scorer across all formats.

That appeared to contradict earlier comments from Graves, that a return was possible if Pietersen, in international exile since the team's 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia last year, scored enough runs in county cricket.

But shortly after Pietersen made an unbeaten triple century for Surrey against Leicestershire on Monday, Strauss told him to forget about playing for England against New Zealand and Australia this home season.

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