Pietersen to Return to England Cricket Squad After Apologies

Kevin Pietersen, who was dropped by England’s cricket team because of his criticism of teammates, will be considered for the squad again after apologizing, the England and Wales Cricket Board said today.

The batsman has apologized to Andrew Strauss, who retired as captain after the incident, and said he regrets the effect on the England team, the ECB said today in an e-mailed statement.

Pietersen, who grew up in South Africa, was left out of the team after sending “provocative” text messages to friends on the South African squad about Strauss during matches earlier this year. He deleted the texts, but assured officials of their nature, the ECB said.

“ECB is satisfied, following receipt of this binding assurance, that to the best of his recollection, Kevin did not convey any messages which were derogatory about the England Captain, the England Team Director, the ECB or employees of the ECB,” the ECB said in its statement. “Furthermore, there was no tactical information whatsoever provided to members of the South African Touring Party.”

England will travel to India later this month, where it will play four Test matches and two Twenty20 internationals.

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