Jan 7, 2009

Sport - Cricket;Pietersen resigns as England captain

LONDON: Kevin Pietersen has resigned as England captain after his relationship with team coach Peter Moores broke down, Sky News reported on

Sky said Pietersen had stepped down after losing his power struggle with Moores, whom Pietersen believed lacked the tactical and technical know-how of a top international coach.

Officials were keen to have the dispute between the duo resolved before the England squad travelled to the Caribbean on January 21 for their four-Test tour of the West Indies.

South African-born Pietersen gave credence to longstanding rumours that his relationship with Moores was in trouble by telling Sunday's News of the World newspaper: "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."

There was no immediate reaction to the Sky report from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Pietersen was appointed captain in August after Michael Vaughan resigned

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