has denied having any involvement in the controversial @KPgenius Twitter account after Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography claimed his former England team-mates were behind it.
In his book, Pietersen revealed the extent to which the account had angered and upset him, and claimed that the account’s author had told the former England wicketkeeper Alec Stewart that “some of the guys in the dressing room are tweeting from it”.
Stewart later confirmed that he had been told that Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann all had access to the account – part of what Pietersen described as the “bullying” culture inside the England dressing room.
However, those claims have been denied by the owner of the account, Richard Bailey, who he ran the account alone with no input from the dressing room. Swann also issued a denial, while : “Disappointed to be implicated in the #kpgenius account. I 100% did NOT have any password. And wasn’t involved in any posting.”
Swann denied any involvement too earlier this week, and Broad did so in an statement in August 2012. Pietersen has alleged a “bullying” culture ran through the England dressing-room under the regime of former coach Andy Flower and that it was orchestrated largely by Swann, Broad and wicketkeeper Matt Prior.
The 34-year-old also traces many of the controversies of the latter stages of his record-breaking England career to the “horrendous” breach of trust and loss of respect he felt on learning his own team-mates were behind the parody account.
He sets that context of disillusionment against the subsequent storm which erupted that same summer – and led to his three-month exile from the team – after he admitted sending “provocative” texts about his own captain, Andrew Strauss, to opposition players during a Test series against South Africa.
It was two days before the final Test of three at Lord’s, from which Pietersen was omitted, that Broad released his statement via his employers.
It read: “Following last night’s statement by Mr Richard Bailey that he was responsible for creating a parody Twitter account in Kevin Pietersen’s name, I would like to confirm that I had no involvement in this whatsoever.
“I met with the managing director, England Cricket, Hugh Morris this morning and assured him that I did not play any role in the creation of this account or provide Mr Bailey with any information regarding or the England team.
“As has been widely reported, Mr Bailey is a friend of mine – but we had no conversations regarding this issue at all, and I am pleased that he has now decided to close the parody account down.”
Stewart’s conversation with Bailey took place during the first Test at The Oval in July. No date is specified as yet for the moment he recalls relaying the information to both Morris and Flower.
At the end of Broad’s statement on 14 August, Morris added: “Having discussed this matter with Stuart, I am fully satisfied that he acted in a professional manner at all times and did not breach any confidences regarding fellow England players.
“ECB also accepts the apology Mr Bailey offered last night to the England team via his Twitter account and his reassurances that no professional cricketers were involved in the creation of this site.”
An ECB spokesman has confirmed Stewart’s account, and issued a reminder of the governing body’s response and action taken in 2012. “Alec Stewart raised concerns in the best interests of English cricket,” he said. “It was fully investigated immediately. We dealt with this two years ago.”
Geoffrey Boycott, meanwhile, has defended Pietersen’s right to be upset by the way his England career was cut short without proper explanation. The former England opener traced Pietersen and England’s problems back to the re-positioning of management power in early 2009 – a “recipe for disaster” which came to fruition.
Pietersen discovered he could not work with Peter Moores but that crisis concluded with both the captain and then the coach being relieved of those roles, with Andy Flower put in charge instead and Andrew Strauss becoming captain. Flower had been Moores’ assistant and Pietersen had already made it clear he had little regard for the man-management methods of either.
By Pietersen’s admission, it was the source of many of his difficulties as he had to work for a new coach while fitting back into the ranks under Strauss’s captaincy and, in his own words, Flower subsequently had a “vendetta” against him.
: “I’d be miffed if my career had been finished for no reasons given. It’s actually a pretty big thing when you’ve got a very talented player … and a country says: ‘Fine, we want to move on without you.’ I think [both parties] have a duty to the public to say what their reasons are.”
A document has leaked into the public domain, containing what appears to be an England and Wales Board log of Pietersen’s alleged misdemeanours during the 2013-14 Ashes. There has been no official reaction, though, from the governing body to the publication of Pietersen’s autobiography.
Boycott is particularly frustrated by the vacuum of information that persisted through a difficult summer for England, after Pietersen and his former employers agreed a near eight-month confidentiality clause.
“In a free democratic society, which we live in, people are entitled to [hear] their views – both sides. So he’s entitled to his, but also the ECB should have spoken out at the time.
“I think both of them should have spoken out at the time. It was too big an issue to just wait for a moratorium for October 1 – far too big an issue.”
As for the ill-fitting working relationship between Pietersen and Flower, Boycott added: “You have two people who resent the situation, both in prime positions – one the best batsman and the other the coach in charge. That’s a recipe for disaster, isn’t it?
“I’m not surprised it spilled over, and eventually he’s having his say, because I feel there was so much ill-feeling from that moment Kevin was sacked as captain and Flower was promoted from assistant coach to the coach.”