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Colin Graves has insisted he "didn't make any promises" to Kevin Pietersen about a possible return to Test cricket.
The England and Wales Cricket Board chairman released a statement via the governing body's website in which he strongly defends his integrity - his first public response to Pietersen's claims that he has received "incredibly deceitful" treatment.
Pietersen learned on Monday from new ECB director Andrew Strauss, after making a triple-century for Surrey, that his attempt to force his way back into England contention via runs in the LV= County Championship had come to nought.
Kevin Pietersen has accused cricket bosses of being "incredibly deceitful" as he said he was "devastated" his chances of being recalled to England were over.
The England and Wales Cricket Board's new director of cricket, Andrew Strauss, today cited a "massive trust issue" as the reason for ending the batsman's international career.
In a first-person piece for The Telegraph, Pietersen has questioned why he was given hope to believe he could earn his way back into the team, when it now seems there was never any intention to let him return.
He also criticised Strauss and his team for, he said, leaking the story to the media.
He will now be travelling to India, he said, to take part in the final stages of a tournament with Sunrisers Hyderabad and to assess what he will do next. "I'm just sorry it won't be putting on an England shirt," he added.
England director of cricket Andrew Strauss believes it would be "madness" to lose Kevin Pietersen's knowledge of limited overs cricket - on the day he closed the door on the 34-year-old's ambitions of an international return.
Former England captain Strauss, who was appointed on Saturday, has a long, chequered history with Pietersen, with a lack of trust between the batsman and the England and Wales Cricket Board resulting in his non-selection for England this summer.
Yet Strauss, when informing Pietersen of his decision on Monday night, invited the Surrey batsman to be part of the future.
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."
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