ECB managing director Paul Downton said the 33-year-old Pietersen appeared "disinterested" and "distracted" in the fifth Test of the 5-0 series defeat, and claimed in the radio interview that he was unable to find anyone within the England setup who wanted the player to remain in the team.
Pietersen denied the allegations, and on Friday the ECB said "Paul Downton and the ECB both apologize to Kevin Pietersen for those comments made that were in breach of the settlement agreement" made with the batsman when his England contract was terminated earlier this year. Both sides were bound by confidentiality provisions.

Earlier, South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock said that his Delhi Daredevils' teammate Kevin Pietersen is completely different from what his image is made out to be.

"Frankly speaking, I didn't meet or interact with KP before this IPL. But people had said a lot of stuff about his ego and so on. But I have not seen that part of him. So I don't know what people mean when they speak about that part of him," De Kock had said.
"KP looks a lot fired in the field because a captain has to keep his players in their place (referring to dropped catches)," the 21-year-old said.


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