Kevin Pietersen: ECB Explains Why Batsman’s England Career is Over…

A need for England’s players to “trust each other” was one of the reasons for ending batsman Kevin Pietersen’s international career, the England and Wales Cricket Board has said.

The governing body has been criticised for failing to explain why Pietersen, 33, was released early from his central contract after England’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash by Australia.

But on Sunday, the ECB said it wants to “create a culture” in which Test and one-day captain Alastair Cook had “the full support of all players”.

Despite being England’s leading run-scorer in the Test series down under, Surrey batsman Pietersen was criticised for the manner of some of his dismissals.

The ECB initially refused to reveal its reasons for leaving him out of the squad for the tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20 – effectively ending his England career – and national selector James Whitaker would only say on Thursday that “it is time to rebuild”.

However, in a joint statement with the Professional Cricketers’ Association, the ECB said: “It has been a matter of great frustration that until now the ECB has been unable to respond to the unwarranted and unpleasant criticism of England players and the ECB itself, which has provided an unwelcome backdrop to the recent negotiations to release Kevin Pietersen from his central contract.

“Those negotiations have been successfully concluded and, whilst both parties remain bound by confidentiality provisions, the ECB would like to make the following comments.

“The England team needs to rebuild after the whitewash in Australia.

“To do that we must invest in our captain Alastair Cook and we must support him in creating a culture in which we can be confident he will have the full support of all players, with everyone pulling in the same direction and able to trust each other.

“It is for those reasons we have decided to move on without Kevin Pietersen.”

In the absence of an explanation from the ECB this week, stories emerged of unrest in the England dressing room.