Pietersen apologizes for sending derogatory texts

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Published: Thursday, August 16, 2012, 11:56 [IST]
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Pietersen says sorry, awaits T20 recall

London, Aug 16: England cricketer Kevin Pietersen after beign dropped from the third Test against South Africa following his derogatory texts to South African players, had apologized for sending the text messages and awaits a T20 recall.

Pietersen admitted that he had sent a few derogatory messages to South African players on the happenings and had let down his team mates.

"I did send what you might call provocative texts to my close friends in the SA team.

"The texts were meant as banter between close friends. I need to rein myself in sometimes. I apologise to Straussy and the team for the inappropriate remarks at the press conference and for the texts.

The apology has come in at the right time, as he can salvage his hopes of playing the World T20 in September.

ECB had urged Pietersen to apoliogize before Saturday in order to keep his T20 hopes alive, and the England cricketer has just done that and hopes he makes a comeback to the national T20 team.

"I truly didn't mean to cause upset or tension particularly with important games at stake."

Team management on Wednesday said that they have to rethink about including the right-handed batsman to the squad for the third Test following his apology.

Though it seems uncertain, Pietersen hopes he can make a comeback to the national T20 side, as England defend their T20 title which they won in West Indies two years ago as Pietersen was awarded the man of the tournament in the last edition of the ICC World T20.


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