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Thu Apr 24 05:48:38 SAST 2014

Proteas players want apology from ECB

Telford Vice | 10 October, 2012 06:561 Comments
England And South Africa Nets Session
South Africa captain Graeme Smith reacts during a nets session at Lord's Cricket Ground on August 14, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Harry Engels / Getty Images

TENSIONS in the Kevin Pietersen controversy intensified yesterday when South Africa's players demanded an apology from England Cricket Board chief executive David Collier.

Pietersen was dropped after the second Test against the Proteas at Headingley following the revelation that he had allegedly sent derogatory text messages about his captain, Andrew Strauss, to SA players.

Collier suggested that the South Africans had plotted to remove Pietersen: "I think there was a tactic which was used. It is trying to undermine another team and another team ethic."

That infuriated SA captain Graeme Smith: "In the Proteas we pride ourselves on being a sporting and ethical team.

"We play hard but we play fair and any suggestions that we did this as a tactic are totally unwarranted and unnecessary."

SA Cricketers' Association chief executive Tony Irish said the players are angry.

"By his own admission Mr Collier never saw any text messages, or correspondence, and we know that Kevin himself has never suggested that he was provoked, so where is the evidence for this claim?

"Our players are awaiting an apology."

Pietersen is in SA to play for the Delhi Daredevils in the Champions League T20.

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Oct 10, 2012
Look chaps, In my blessed lifetime Zero world cup trophy's 4 cricket, we were ranked number 1 for a few minutes during the England Series, Get back into the nets and focus on some cricket, We will get all the apology letters for you that need it, But until then lets focus on some trophy's
Or else I will send my young nephew to bowl somebody on the head that needs it, Come on guys, That is so lame, Ohhh we are devastated at what the Pommies said, errrrr ?? Who cares what they said, we dont care, Just win those matches mmmkay