Root is clearly not interested in the KP saga…
Speculation over Kevin Pietersen‘s potential return to the England set-up has been labelled as “irrelevant” by batsman Joe Root.
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Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves hinted that the door was still ajar for Pietersen, who was sensationally sacked following England’s 5-0 Ashes loss to Australia during the 2013-14 summer.
The ECB then clarified its position following Graves’ comments saying “only players who are playing consistent high-quality county cricket and who are seen as a positive influence will be selected”.
Pietersen would have to tone down his Indian and Caribbean Premier League commitments to the red ball game in England domestic season and the “positive influence” line is surely a thinly veiled dig at the controversial batsman.
Root said all focus now should be on reaching the quarter-final of the World Cup, rather than on his former teammate.
“If I ever become chairman of the ECB then I’ll be in a position to comment,” Root told BBC Sport.
“It’s completely out of my hands. They’re decisions that have to be made up top. We’re in the middle of a World Cup, stuff like that is completely irrelevant to us.”
England faces Bangladesh on Monday in a must-win clash.