Alastair Cook has revealed that he has not spoken to Kevin Pietersen since the day he was fired as an England player.
In an interview with the Test Match Special of the BBC to be broadcast during lunch on the opening day of Cook's last test at The Oval on Friday, he admitted that initially he did not want the Pietersen's exile was permanent and he feels that the episode was badly handled by the ECB.
But, by insisting, he had never fallen out "with Pietersen also accepted that he was relieved when Andrew Strauss was appointed director of England's cricket and put an end to any uncertainty about Pietersen's return.
Pietersen's debacle It started, seriously, in 2014. After a grim tour of Ashes, England lost 5-0 under the Cook captaincy, the ECB management decided that Pietersen should retire, while Cook, who had fought for Pietersen's retirement before of the tour of India in 2012, he was not in favor of a permanent exclusion, the cricket director of England, Paul Downton, insisted that it was the best.
But the permanence of the decision was not fully explained and Cook was The main responsible for the criticism.
Then, just as the furor was subsiding, the new ECB president, Colin Graves, seemed to offer Pietersen the hope of a withdrawal chain new speculations about the situation. It was not until Strauss succeeded Downton, after the 2015 World Cup, that it became clear that there would be no turning back.
"It was the most difficult moment of my career and there is no doubt that my batting was affected". Cook told the BBC. "The day that Straussy came out and said that Kevin was no longer playing for us, that was a huge burden on my shoulders."
"At first I was involved in the decision, but the captain of England does not have the final word on hiring. and dismissal. I agreed with that, but I said, "Why do not we give him some free time, we can leave and maybe KP can come back later."
"Paul Downton wanted clarity, a clean break, because people will always be wondering when he will come back, you had to back up his decisions because that was his job." The consequences were quite unpleasant and I do not think the ECB has handled it well or I appreciated how social networks worked very well at that time, a big part of that, I guess that's what it's like to be the captain.
"Graham Gooch will always be responsible for David Gower [dropping of]. I do not know the details of that, but it is something that is always associated with and I will always be associated with KP.
"I would reject anyone who said it was me who threw him down the stairs, but I was involved in the decision and I thought it was the right thing to do at that moment, what could have happened a year later, I do not know." Looking back I can safely say that all the decisions I made were made for the best of the England cricket team at that time, in that there were many other people, well above my head, also involved. they will leave alone like the captain. "
While Cook and Pietersen have not spoken for four years, Cook agreed that they "created some amazing memories" together and hoped that time would prove to be a "great healer" in their relationship.
"I have not spoken to him since that day." Cook said. "But I think time is a great healer, we spend a lot of time together and create some amazing memories."
"The point is, we never fell. Since then, the Internet has fallen out of favor for us. As two guys, if you take away cricket, we've never fallen. He will have a different opinion, I'm sure. "