Kevin Pietersen was not provoked, says South Africa manager

 

The manager of the South Africa cricket team has called claims that Kevin Pietersen was coaxed into sending provocative text messages about England team-mates "irresponsible and unfair".

England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier accused South African players of a "definite policy".

"For them to turn around and get our players involved is really, really unfair," said Mohammed Moosajee.

"Kevin Pietersen knows he sent the messages to our players."

Troubled times for Pietersen

31 May 2012: Announces retirement from international limited-overs cricket

11 Aug: Commits to all forms of international cricket in a YouTube interview

12 Aug: Dropped for third Test against South Africa for sending "provocative texts" about team-mates to opposition players

21 Aug: Left out of England squad for World Twenty20

7 Sept: Not awarded ECB central contract

18 Sept: Omitted from England Test squad for winter tour of India

3 Oct: New four-month contract announced

Moosajee said Cricket South Africa's acting chief executive Jacques Faul would contact Collier on Monday to explain his reasoning before issuing a statement.

Moosajee added: "The fact David hasn't had sight of those messages, for him to make insinuations that the Proteas players instigated this whole fracas is both irresponsible and unfair.

"We confirmed initially that it was all banter."

Pietersen was left out of the final Test between the two countries in August and omitted from the World Twenty20 squad and this winter's tour of India.

He allegedly sent messages to members of the opposition criticising then England captain Andrew Strauss during the second Test.

The messages were not saved to prove the exact wording, so the ECB relied on "binding assurances" from Pietersen that they were not derogatory before accepting his apology and handing him a new four-month contract.

Pietersen will now undergo a reintegration period involving face-to-face meetings to rebuild trust with the other players, and team director Andy Flower will then decide when he feels the 32-year-old batsman should return to the squad.