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Pietersen offered to quit in Mohali,says Amiss

KEVIN Pietersen had first offered his resignation as captain after last month’s drawn second Test against India but he was advised to sleep over it before taking a final call...

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published: January 13, 2009 1:58:54 am

KEVIN Pietersen had first offered his resignation as captain after last month’s drawn second Test against India but he was advised to sleep over it before taking a final call,disclosed England and Wales Cricket Board vice-chairman Dennis Amiss.

“He mentioned resigning the captaincy in our discussions with him but we wanted him to go away and think about it while he was in South Africa (on holiday),” Amiss said.

“We said,‘Go away and think about it and we will resolve the situation as quickly as we can’,” he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

The South African-born batsman stepped down as England captain last week after leading the side in three Tests in his brief tenure of five months as he couldn’t work with Peter Moores who was sacked as coach as a result of the row.

“Once the information was in public domain that Kevin Pietersen didn’t want Peter Moores as his coach,it was always going to be impossible to resolve amicably and the ECB board was put in an impossible position,” Amiss said.

“It was felt that we wanted a clean piece of paper,we wanted to rebuild,we wanted a completely unified team and the board wanted that as well especially with all the important cricket we have got coming up.”

Amiss,however,said Pietersen was a “marvellous,exciting” player whose future commitment was strongly welcomed. “Kevin is very much part of the future. He’s offered Andrew Strauss his backing,he hopes he will regain the England captaincy. He’s got this will,this desire to do well in international cricket,” the ex-England bat said.

‘Battle not personal’

Meanwhile,Pietersen himself said that Peter Moores is a “fantastic guy” and he does not have any personal problem with the sacked coach. The former England skipper admitted he and Moores made an odd couple but insisted he didn’t have any personal issue with him. “He’s a fantastic guy,” Pietersen told Sky News.

“I’ve heard a comment of his where he says he wants England to win and he does want England to win. He’s passionate about winning. I have absolutely no personal problem with Peter Moores,I just didn’t feel that me and him could take the team forward,” Pietersen said.

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