ECB plays down Pietersen-Moores rift

January 2nd, 2009 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 2 (IANS) England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has dismissed the rift between captain Kevin Pietersen and coach Peter Moores as “speculation”.ECB would not be drawn into discussion on reports that Pietersen was unhappy with Moores and had called for a meeting with the ECB chairman, Giles Clarke, later this month to discuss the matter.

The pair are thought to be at odds over the decision not to recall former captain Michael Vaughan for the forthcoming tour of the West Indies, which begins in just under three weeks’ time. Pietersen is believed to have wanted Vaughan in the team.

“We don’t comment on speculation,” an ECB spokesman was quoted as saying.

There have even been suggestions that Pietersen is prepared to step down over the issue.

Vaughan’s inclusion would have been a controversial move, given the Yorkshire batsman’s poor form towards the end of last season. Vaughan returned to his county after resigning as the England captain in August, but did not do enough to earn a place on the tour of India and ended the season injured.

He remains centrally contracted but has not played any competitive cricket since the end of the season and has no form to back up his case for a return.

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