England board tells why it dropped star batsman
KEVIN Pietersen's international career was ended because captain Alastair Cook needed to be able to trust and rely on the support of all his players, said the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The controversial batsman's England career was ended earlier this month when he was left out of the squad for the upcoming World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and the preceding tour of the West Indies.
At the time, the ECB would only cite the need for a new "team ethic and philosophy" in the wake of the 5-0 Test series defeat in Australia.
But it then came under fire for not disclosing the reasons behind the decision to axe the player, who scored 8,181 runs in 104 Tests, including 23 centuries, and over 4,000 runs in one-day internationals, yet was said to be a divisive figure in the dressing room.
On Sunday, it issued a statement saying: "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 that we have decided to move on without Kevin Pietersen."
More tellingly, it added: "What happens in the dressing room or team meetings should remain in that environment and not be distributed to people not connected with the team. This is a core principle of any sports team and any such action would constitute a breach of trust and team ethics."