England’s Andy Flower rubbishes Kevin Pietersen ultimatum reports
England coach Andy Flower rubbishes speculation that he told the ECB that he will resign if Kevin Pietersen is retained in the set-up
Andy Flower has moved to quash reports suggesting that the England coach has told the ECB that he will resign if Kevin Pietersen remains in the set-up.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Flower’s future as England team director hinged on whether the ECB hierarchy would continue to support controversial batsman Pietersen.
The reports that I have issued an ultimatum of some description to the ECB are totally inaccurate
The 34-year-old South-African born left-hander has already stated that he wishes to continue his Test career until after the next Ashes series in 2015.
Flower, who oversaw England’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia this winter, denied making an ultimatum in a statement released by the ECB on Wednesday: “Following speculation in the media today I feel it necessary to reiterate much of what I said in my recent press conference.
“It would be sensible and responsible to review the tour in a calm and logical manner before assessing our options for the future and planning ahead.
“I repeat that neither I nor the wider ECB leadership group have made any decisions as to the future involvement of any individuals in the playing group or in the support staff.
“The reports that I have issued an ultimatum of some description to the ECB are totally inaccurate.”
Pietersen, meanwhile, tweeted on Wednesday morning: “I am shocked and saddened by reports in the media today concerning my future with England.
“I wish to repeat my strong desire to continue playing for my country, and to help us regain the Ashes in 2015.”