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'SA not to blame for KP row'

SA cricket bosses have denied the Proteas sparked trouble in the England team.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Cricket South Africa has rejected claims by the England and Wales Cricket Board that the Proteas were responsible for the impasse that saw Kevin Pietersen dropped from the England team.

ECB chief executive David Collier on Sunday claimed that South Africa's players had to take some responsibility for the situation as they had "provoked" Pietersen.

Speaking to Eyewitness News Sport on Monday morning, the Proteas Team Manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee, says that they will be seeking clarity on Collier's comments as soon as possible.

"The process from Cricket South Africa's perspective is that the acting CEO Jacques Faul will make contact with David Collier this morning just to confirm that those were the utterances and the reasons behind them."

The messages were not saved by Pietersen so the ECB has no knowledge of the exact working of the messages.

"Because from our perspective and certainly a Proteas perspective the fact that David hasn't had sight of those BBM's and is going to make insinuations that the Proteas players had instigated this whole fracas is both irresponsible and unfair.

"I just think that Kevin Pietersen knows himself that he sent the BBM messages to our players and we confirmed initially that it was all banter. For them to turn around and get our players involved now I think is really, really unfair. "

"Once he (Faul) speaks to David Collier then Cricket South Africa will issue a statement."

Moosajee was responding to an interview with BBC Radio 5Live's Sportsweek programme in which Collier said:

"These were responses to messages from members of the South African team. I certainly think that did provoke the situation.

"There was definitely a policy. There was a tactic that was used."

"It is trying to undermine another team and another team ethic. There would probably be mixed feelings [for South Africa]. Certain feelings to say 'maybe it worked', other feelings that 'we actually might have disrupted a player and we would have been unhappy had it been one of ours'.

"But we shouldn't blame the South Africans, we should be above that, we should be able to deal with that and move forward."