Situation ‘not healthy’,clear the mess soon: KP to ECB

Pietersen said the dressing room atmosphere is far from healthy and the ECB should put the house in order at the earliest.

Written by Agencies | London | Published:January 4, 2009 4:23 pm

Virtually admitting that his working relationship with coach Peter Moores has broken down,England captain Kevin Pietersen said the dressing room atmosphere is far from healthy and the cricket board should put the house in order at the earliest.

“Obviously this situation is not healthy,we have to make sure it is settled as soon as possible and certainly before we fly off to the West Indies,” the England captain told ‘The News of the World’ tabloid.

“Everything has to be hunky dory,everybody has to have the same aims and pull in the same direction for the good of the England team,” added Pietersen,who prepares to return from holiday in South Africa and meet England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Manging Director Hugh Morris who has been entrusted with the job of brokering peace between Pietersen and Moores.

Morris has already met Moores but the England coach is believed to be on his way out after losing the captain’s trust.

“There is no way Pietersen and Moores can work together,they’re just too far apart,” a ‘dressing-room source’ was quoted as saying.

“The ECB are caught in the middle of this and are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. If they back KP,then there’s massive problems among the backroom staff. But if they go with the coach,then the best player becomes disillusioned,they possibly lose a captain and there is a huge fracture.”

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