ECB boss Collier to apologise to Cricket South Africa

Collier decided to back down from his stand to avoid the threat of legal action.

London, Oct 15 (ANI): England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier has apologised for his comment over Kevin Pietersen that angered Cricket South Africa.

The ECB chief executive angered the South Africans last week by saying they 'provoked' the text-message affair that led to Pietersen being exiled from the England team in the biggest crisis the national side have faced in years.

Collier decided to back down from his stand to avoid the threat of legal action that would have made his position near-untenable.

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The Daily Mail reports that a joint statement is expected to be released on Monday after talks between ECB chairman Giles Clarke and Cricket South Africa's acting president Dr Willie Basson.

Both boards are expected to say that their teams play cricket to the highest ethical levels and that Collier was wrong to suggest the South Africans, who he accused of plotting against Pietersen, had done otherwise, the paper said.

The statement will also say that CSA accepts Collier's apology.

Meanwhile, Pietersen will today begin his 'reintegration' process with the England team by meeting some of the teammates he so upset by sending the BlackBerry Messenger messages.