Downton apologises for Pietersen breach

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England and Wales Cricket Board director Paul Downton has been forced to apologise to former England batsman Kevin Pietersen after breaching the terms of a confidentiality agreement between the parties.

England and Wales Cricket Board director Paul Downton has been forced to apologise to former England batsman Kevin Pietersen after breaching the terms of a confidentiality agreement between the parties.

Pietersen was sacked from the England side after the Ashes tour to Australia and then retired from international cricket, and the agreement between the ECB and Pietersen was that no details of their discussions would be revealed.

But Downton, speaking in an interview with the BBC earlier in May, made a variety of comments about Pietersen, including that he was 'distracted' and 'uninterested' during the Ashes, and that none of the England players wanted KP on board.

Pietersen reacted angrily to the interview, saying: "The suggestion that I was uninterested during the winter Ashes series against Australia is wholly untrue."

As such Downton released an apology on Saturday morning, expressing regret for the breach of contract, if not his actual words: "On May 22 during an interview on BBC Test Match Special, Paul Downton of the ECB made a series of comments about Kevin Pietersen with which Kevin takes issue, including the comments he made regarding his perception of Kevin's attitude during the Sydney Test on last winter's Ashes tour.

"Some of those comments were made in breach of a settlement agreement between the ECB and Kevin Pietersen which was concluded at the time Kevin's central contract was terminated earlier this year.

"Paul Downton and the ECB both apologise to Kevin Pietersen for those comments made that were in breach of the settlement agreement and have confirmed that they will abide by its terms moving forward."

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