Peter Moores and Kevin Pietersen leave posts

January 7, 2009 at 10:58 am 4 comments


Both Pietersen and Peter Moores have left their positions as captain and coach respectively. This follows an emergency boardroom meeting on Tuesday after rifts within the camp, notably the exclusion of former skipper Michael Vaughan.  According to cricinfo, Andy Flowers could take the job on an interim basis for the tour to West Indies. Details will be announced some time on Thursday.

Kevin Pietersen yesterday announced his resignation as England captain as a result of the row with coach Peter Moores, who has been sacked by the ECB. Geoff Miller called a press conference to confirm the decisions taken.

“This has become an impossible situation given the irretrievable breakdown of the relationship between captain and coach. Kevin recognised that in the present situation it was impossible to restore the dressing room unity, which is vital if England are to win the forthcoming tour to the Caribbean, the ICC global events or regain the Ashes in the npower Ashes Test series. I have an extremely high respect and regard for Kevin. He remains highly valued as a senior and experienced player.”

“With regard to Peter Moores, the board determined that he should relinquish his role as England team director. I have the greatest respect for the dignity which Peter Moores has shown in recent days when he has found himself under extreme pressure. The ECB wish him well in his future roles.”

Kevin Pietersen announced his resignation with a statement at 17:15 GMT.

“In light of recent communications with the ECB, and the unfortunate media stories and speculation that have subsequently appeared, I now consider that it would be extremely difficult for me to continue in my current position with the England cricket team. Accordingly, I have as of this afternoon decided to stand down as England captain with immediate effect. Notwithstanding my resignation as England captain, I still fully intend to be a part of both England’s Test and One Day International squad to tour the West Indies next month and to do all I can to recapture the Ashes during the summer.”

This leaves England in turmoil just a couple of weeks before they fly out to the West Indies. Andrew Strauss has been chosen to take charge of the squad during this tour, however, it remains unclear whether he will take charge of the ODI and twenty20 series. His biggest challenge however, will be to reunite the dressing room, which has reportedly split following Pietersen and Moores’ departures.

Reports in this mornings press claim that Pietersen demanded that Moores be removed as coach or he will not tour the West Indies and will resign as skipper. The ECB took this as Pietersen’s resignation as England captain. The decision not to back Pietersen’s demand was the result of a dressing room split with players reportedly on either side.


Entry filed under: Cricket, England, Pietersen.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. crico  |  January 7, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    does that mean KP will still play for England?

  • 2. englandcricket1  |  January 7, 2009 at 1:13 pm


    We will have to see, but reports suggest that KP refused to tour the West Indies under the mangement of Moores. The ECB could take a decision to leave out pietersen for the tour or he himselft could opt for a “break” to stay out of the limelight.

  • 3. Matthew Cain  |  January 9, 2009 at 8:55 am

    There’s an interesting article here on how the KP affair can be explained by cultural theory:

  • 4. Muhamad Rizal Avif Khan  |  January 11, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    cricket is nice game, is’nt it?


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