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Pietersen, Moores quit: report

cricket Updated: Jan 07, 2009 20:31 IST
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English cricket plunged into deep crisis with feuding captain Kevin Pietersen and coach Peter Moores resigning from their jobs, media reports said in London on Wednesday.

According to a Sky Sports News report, both the coach and the captain stepped down from the posts after their fragile working relationship reached its breaking point.

"The ECB are believed to have held an emergency tele-conference of their 12-man executive board on Tuesday evening to discuss the rift between coach and captain. The outcome of those discussions appears to have prompted both men to quit," the report claimed.

"Andy Flower, who worked as batting coach under Moores, is set to be interim coach in the Caribbean, with opening batsman Andrew Strauss favourite to be named captain," the report added.

After the coach-captain feud became public, the England and Wales Cricket Board entrusted its Managing Director Huge Morris to broker peace between the duo.

Morris did have an interaction with Moores, his old friend, but was waiting for Pietersen to return from holiday.

The ECB was miffed with both as they made their spat a public spectacle, much to the embarrassment of the Board.

Moores, as coach, was part of the selection committee which ignored Michael Vaughan for the West Indies tour, a decision that miffed Pietersen who wanted the former captain in the side.

But their relationship had soured even earlier and Pietersen apparently was not happy with Moores' inputs during the two-match Test series in India which they lost 0-1.

According to media reports, Pietersen didn't hold Moores in very high esteem as a coach and was in fact keen to have his mentor and Kent coach Graham Ford in the charge.

Pietersen was keen to resolve the issue before starting for the West Indies and had said, "This situation is not healthy, we have to make sure it is settled as soon as possible and certainly before we fly off to the West Indies. Everybody has to have the same aims and pull in the same direction for the good of the England team."