England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director Paul Downton denies being contacted by Kevin Pietersen as the controversial batsman continues to seek an England return.
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Reports last week suggested Pietersen had been in conversation with the ECB over a potential meeting, however Downton said the ECB’s position in regards to the 34-year-old had not changed.
“He hasn’t asked me for a meeting,” Downton is quoted as saying by Press Association.
“As far as the ECB is concerned no position has changed. We put out a statement last week.”
When asked by Press Association about his thoughts on having a meeting with Pietersen, Downton said it was not something that was on his mind.
“I don’t know what to say to that to be honest,” Downton said.
“It’s not something that is at the forefront of the selectors’ minds now. We’ve got a group of players that we are working with and looking to progress the England team.
“Nothing has changed from where we were in the last year.”
Downton played a pivotal role in having Pietersen axed from the England set-up after the 5-0 Ashes loss to Australia and his comments are to be expected.
Pietersen has not yet signed for a County side for the English domestic summer – a necessity if he is to break back into the England Test side.