Pietersen denied permission to leave tour midway

March 30th, 2009 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 30 (IANS) England captain Andrew Strauss has blocked Kevin Pietersen’s request to fly home.
Pietersen asked for permission to return to London for 48 hours before the third One-day international against the West Indies at Barbados Friday.

The hangover from Pietersen’s removal as England captain has lingered throughout this tour, and the batsman claimed he was “at the end of my tether” last week.

“The permission was not granted because we are on a cricket tour and it sets a bad precedent if people can go home during cricket tours,” said Strauss.

“He (Pietersen) understood that fully and it wasn’t an issue by any means. He’s been very supportive in the tour, he’s been very professional in the way he’s prepared himself,” Strauss was quoted as saying in British media Monday.

Strauss said he had spoken to Pietersen over his comments about Shiv Chanderpaul, when he controversially labelled the West Indies batsman as “selfish”.

“I’ve had a chat to him about what he said and I think it’s completely dealt with as far as we’re concerned.

“I don’t think anything he said was in a malicious manner and we move on from there and hopefully lessons have been learned,” said Strauss.

England and the West Indies are locked 2-2 in the five match series.

England are waiting to discover whether Pietersen will be fit for Friday’s decider while Andrew Flintoff is expected to recover after hurting his left thumb in the field.

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