Proteas management says Pietersen's text messages merely 'banter' among players

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 14, 2012 05:40 hrs

The South African management has accepted that text messages were exchanged between England batsman Kevin Pietersen and the Proteas players, but tried to distance themselves from the ongoing row, claiming that the text messages were merely banter among team-mates.

Pietersen will miss England's final showdown with Graeme Smith's side starting at Lord's after getting the axe from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for allegedly sending text messages with confidential information to Proteas players.

The final Test match, starting on Thursday, will decide who is the No1 ranked Test team in world cricket.

In a semantically cautious statement, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, the team's manager, said that media allegations implicating certain players were untruthful.

Moosajee also revealed that the England and Wales Cricket Board had not made a formal request to see the texts, which are now said to have been deleted.

"Yes, text messages were sent, but like we said before it was banter among team-mates, which is perfectly acceptable," The Telegraph quoted Moosajee, as saying on Monday.

"Allegations that Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers were the recipients of the texts are unfounded," he added.

"The internal issue between Kevin Pietersen and the English cricket board has been publicised for weeks, even before we arrived in the UK and we don't want to get ourselves involved in an issue that has nothing to do with us," he said. (ANI)

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