Although speculation appeared in the media this morning about the ongoing feud between the duo, the news was confirmed this afternoon by Pietersen in a statement.
He said: “In light of recent communications with the ECB, and the unfortunate media stories and speculation that have subsequently appeared, I now consider that it would be extremely difficult for me to continue in my current position with the England cricket team.”
“Accordingly, I have as of this afternoon decided to stand down as England captain with immediate effect.”
Andrew Strauss has already been selected to lead England during their tour of the West Indies which begins in February. But the news of Pietersen’s departure has come as a shock to all cricket fans.
The disagreements between Pietersen and Moores were well-publicised, and ‘KP’ was recently quoted as saying that his relationship with former England coach Peter Moores was “not healthy”, further fuelling speculation about the futures of both men. But many fans are angry at how the row became so public, rather than being kept within the camp and dealt with internally.
Later on Wednesday afternoon the England Cricket Board described the Pietersen situation as being “just impossible”, and Hugh Morris of the ECB confirmed the news of his departure: “the England and Wales Cricket Board have accepted with regret the resignation of Kevin Pietersen as captain.”
Morris also revealed that England coach Peter Moores was sacked.
The question now is: where does English cricket go from here? These recent events have sent the sport into disarray, and the timing couldn’t be worse with England’s tour of the West Indies only a month away.
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