Cricket South Africa (CSA) has dismissed with contempt allegations by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) CEO, David Collier, that South African players had instigated the text message row involving the ECB and Kevin Pietersen.
England and South Africa cricket bosses have fallen out over Pietersen and his texts.
With Collier in one corner and his South African counterpart Jacques Faul in the other, the two sides are locked in a bitter row over the batsman.
"This is absolute rubbish. What is particularly disappointing is that I had a face-to-face meeting with Collier when I was in London for the Lord's Test match. He did not raise this allegation with me then and I would have thought as a matter of courtesy and decency he would have spoken to me about it before going public in the media," commented CSA Acting CEO Jacques Faul.
"It is not the way CSA goes about its business and it is not the way the ECB have done business with us in the past either. It is very disappointing because in the past our relationships with the ECB have always been cordial and constructive.
"This is an internal ECB matter in which we do not wish to be involved. It served as a distraction to our players that we did not need during the Test series," Sport24 quoted Faul, as saying.
It is a shift in stance from the ECB who, until last Wednesday, had their own quarrel with Pietersen.
Now Pietersen has signed a four-month contract, his 'reintegration' into the England set-up has begun. (ANI)