Proteas demand ECB apology over Kevin Pietersen text row

The South Africa Cricketers” Association has criticized the ECB for blaming Proteas crickters of trapping English batsman Kevin Pietersen into sending provocative texts to them regarding ex- Test skipper Andrew Strauss and has demanded an apology from the ECB.

ECB president David Collier had earlier said in a radio interview on Sunday that there had been a planned strategy from the Proteas to entrap Kevin Pietersen. Proteas Test skipper Graeme Smith has also seriously denied latest suggestions that he or his side intentionally provoked Kevin Pietersen to send them provocative sms messages.

“In the Proteas we pride ourselves on being a sporting and honest side. We communicate a lot about values and our strategy to the overall game. We play tough but we play honest and any strategies that we did this as an approach is completely unnecessary and unwanted,” Sports24 quoted Smith, as saying in a statement published by SACA.

SACA president Tony Irish said that both he and the national cricketers are expecting an apology from Collier for his remarks.

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