KP was removed to negate player power: ECB

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The ECB on Wednesday indicated that Kevin Pietersen was removed from captaincy to negate the player-power.

Updated: January 14, 2009 15:57 IST
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Speaking for the first time after the skipper-coach feud, the England and Wales Cricket Board on Wednesday indicated that Kevin Pietersen was removed from captaincy to negate the player-power which could have been damaging for the team management in the long term.

ECB Chairman Giles Clarke described the circumstances that led to dismissal of its two most important employees as "horrendously problematic" but admired the duo for handling the situation with dignity.

"The ECB was faced with an impossible situation and it raised issues that had very serious implications for the game," Clarke was quoted as saying in the 'Daily Telegraph'.

"It has been a very difficult time and when the issue arose it was obvious it was going to be horrendously problematic, but a lot of people have behaved with great dignity throughout, not least Kevin Pietersen and Peter Moores."

The ECB sacked Moores after Pietersen gave the ultimatum that the two could not work together anymore with the West Indies tour just a fortnight away and in the process also lost his own job.

"I am delighted that Kevin has reiterated his desire to play for England and actually I think he has handled the whole matter with great dignity. I am a great admirer of his as a player and I look forward to him scoring 10,000 Test match runs and goodness knows how many in ODIs," Clarke said.

Initially against the IPL, Clarke indicated that a reciprocal deal was imminent with the Indian Cricket Board that would see Indian players released to play in the EPL.

"When you have the two most economically important nations working together that can only be a good thing," he said.

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