Piers Morgan claims Kevin Pietersen was offered an "advisory role" at the ECB by Andrew Strauss, despite the new director claiming there are "massive trust issues" with him.
Morgan told his Twitter following:
"Strauss asked @KP24 last night if he'd consider an 'advisory role' with ECB.Same organisation that doesn't trust him enough to pick him
"I suggest journalists ask Strauss why he offered KP an 'advisory role' with ECB if they don't trust him."
Andrew Strauss stopped short of announcing 34-year-old Pietersen will never add to his 104 Test caps for his adopted country, but made clear that the working relationship between the two of them is central to the decision that has been made.
As Pietersen's Test captain in 2012, Strauss discovered the record-breaking batsman had sent "provocative" texts about him to opposition players from their native South Africa.
Strauss told Sky Sports News:
Kevin Pietersen made an unbeaten 355 for Surrey against Leicestershire at the Oval, with Surrey bowled out for 557.
Ironically, the England exile's heroics coincide with new director of cricket for England, Andrew Strauss, explaining why Pietersen does not form part of his future plans.
The England and Wales Cricket Board's new director of cricket Andrew Strauss has cited a "massive trust issue" as the reason for effectively ending Kevin Pietersen's international career.
Strauss played alongside Pietersen throughout his England career and ahead of being unveiled in his new role at Lord's today, confirmed that Pietersen does not form part of any future plans.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Strauss said:
"Over a period of months and years, the trust between himself and the ECB has eroded. There's a massive trust issue between Kevin and I."
Surrey and England Cricketer Kevin Pietersen pays tribute in the interview below: