I wrote last week about how stupid I thought David Collier had been with his remarks about the South African players goading Kevin Pietersen into sending those Blackberry messages, so it came as no great surprise to me to hear the beeping sound of a reversing vehicle coming out of the ECB earlier this week.
The South Africans were – rightly in my view – demanding an apology and the words ‘legal action’ were been banded around various press reports, maybe it was the latter that provoked the ECB into action.
After bending over backwards to avoid legal disagreements with Pietersen, it seemed fairly unlikely that the ECB were going to be excited at the prospect of a legal dispute coming from elsewhere.
The apology itself seems only half hearted to me. If the South Africans are claiming that they still disagree over what happened (while accepting the apology), that hardly suggests that the ECB took all the accusations back.
It seems remarkable that the ECB are prepared to disagree with Cricket South Africa about the sequence of events involving the blackberry (text) messages without having any proof of what happened, while for so long they didn’t seem prepared to accept Pietersen’s word about them.
They have openly admitted they have never seen the messages, they reluctantly (it would seem) eventually accepted Pietersen’s word about the content of them, despite him deleting them – which would suggest they were damning.
All in all, it really is an amazing turn around.
For me, this is yet another example of the poor management that has been coming out of the ECB over recent months. I know it has been something I have moaned about a lot on here, but it really has been poor and this latest episode of stupidity, backtracking and humiliation just about sums things up.