Pietersen’s ‘date with destiny’ set for Saturday

Updated: Aug 31, 2012, 17:28 PM IST

London: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) would meet Kevin Pietersen on Saturday in an attempt to solve the ongoing row between them.

Pietersen is believed to have agreed to a meeting with Andy Flower and Hugh Morris, the managing director of the England team, as the two sides try to solve their differences.

Both sides insist the meeting has to take place ‘behind closed doors’.

Flower and Morris will lead the negotiations on the ECB’s behalf before Alastair Cook, the new Test captain, takes a role.

The issue of the messages Kevin Pietersen sent to the South African team will be high on the agenda but will be far from easy to solve, as it is believed many of the exchanges were conducted not via text message but through the instant messaging system of Blackberry messenger and none have been stored.

Many sportsmen and celebrities use blackberry messenger as a method of exchange because a user can set the phone up to not store old messages, making it safer if the handset is lost or stolen.

Pietersen is believed to have contacted the ECB to set up the meeting which fits in between England’s one-day internationals in London this weekend and Surrey’s fixtures.