Cook says talks with Pietersen going on in Sri Lanka

Cook says talks with Pietersen going on in Sri Lanka

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 21, 2012 05:56 hrs
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England one-day and Test captain Alastair Cook has said that talks between the management and Kevin Pietersen are still going on in a bid to solve the unresolved issues between both the parties.

Cook said until and unless Pietersen sorts out pending issues with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the South Africa born batsman couldn't be selected in the team.

Pietersen has been in exile since sending text messages to South Africa players that contained criticism of then England skipper Andrew Strauss during the recent Test series.

Morris and the ECB chief executive David Collier have been in Sri Lanka, where Pietersen is working as a television pundit for the Twenty20 World Cup, and it is believed they met the exiled star in a bid to continue the peace process

"I did have a meeting with Kev and I have been involved in meetings. Clearly the issues haven't been resolved and that is why he is not available for selection at the moment," Sports24 quoted Cook, as saying.

"Time hopefully will be a healer and we will be able to move on, but the issues will still have to be resolved before Kevin plays for England again. At this present time the issues haven't been resolved and he can't be selected," he added.

"Meetings are still going on in Sri Lanka at the moment. David Collier and Hugh Morris are out there as well. If the issues can be resolved, Kevin has said he is available for selection but at the moment that can't happen," he said.

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