Kevin Pietersen was on Tuesday left out of the 16-member England squad for the Test tour of India following the bitter text message scandal involving his national teammates, leaving his international career in jeopardy.

Pietersen was embroiled in a bitter controversy after revelation that he sent test messages to members of the South African touring squad containing derogatory remarks about then England captain Andrew Strauss.

Last week Pietersen was not handed a central contract by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), a clear indication that problems still exists.

The four-match Test series against India starts on November 15 in Ahmedabad, before subsequent matches at Mumbai, Kolkata and Nagpur.

Hugh Morris, the managing director of England cricket, said there were issues to be resolved with Pietersen.

“Both ECB and England team management have had meetings with Kevin Pietersen to address the issues, which led to his omission from the final Test match against South Africa. These discussions remain private and confidential and as there are issues still to be resolved. Kevin has not been considered for selection for the India tour.”

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