KP’S FU­TURE IS STEMMED BY FLOWER Pi­etersen is­sues still un­re­solved

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Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUGUST 23 -

ENG­LAND’S team di­rec­tor Andy Flower will not com­mit to whether Kevin Pi­etersen has any in­ter­na­tional fu­ture.

Pi­etersen has been un­sur­pris­ingly omit­ted from the lim­ited-overs se­ries against South Africa as well as the ICC World Twenty20, which gets un­der way in Sri Lanka next month.

The 32-year-old was the player of the tour­na­ment as Eng­land won the com­pe­ti­tion in 2010, but was dropped for the fi­nal Test against South Africa af­ter ad­mit­ting send­ing “provoca­tive” text mes­sages to mem­bers of the Proteas team.

Su­perbly

And Flower has mir­rored Test cap­tain An­drew Strauss’ sen­ti­ments that sev­eral is­sues need to be ad­dressed be­fore KP can re­turn to the dress­ing room.

“It’s a very sad sit­u­a­tion for ev­ery­one in­volved,” Flower said.

“He played su­perbly in our last Twenty20 World Cup but the cir­cum­stances that ex­ist at the mo­ment mean that he can’t be se­lected for us.

“There are still is­sues un­re­solved and we will be ad­dress­ing them when we have time.

“Let me just be clear, this is not just an is­sue be­tween the cap­tain and Kevin.

“There are deeper is­sues. The prob­lems of trust, mu­tual re­spect and other un­re­solved is­sues that have reared their heads in the last few weeks.

“You re­solve these is­sues face-to-face with peo­ple, not through agents or PR agen­cies.”

Eng­land will be­gin next year’s ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy cam­paign against ri­vals Aus­tralia on June 8 at Edg­bas­ton, with other matches be­ing played in Cardiff and at The Oval.

The tour­na­ment, hosted by Eng­land, will be­gin with a clash be­tween In­dia and South Africa on June 6, 2013.

Group A fea­tures Aus­tralia, Eng­land, New Zealand and Sri Lanka while In­dia, Pak­istan, South Africa and the West Indies will com­pete in Group B.

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