Pietersen promises England will not sledge Pakistan players over spot-fixing furore
Kevin Pietersen has promised England will not use the issue of spot-fixing to get under Pakistan's skin in the forthcoming Test series.
Pietersen is among those who were involved in the 2010 home series against Pakistan that erupted in controversy when newspaper allegations against Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were printed.
Butt and Asif were ultimately sent to prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat, while Amir pleaded guilty and is currently in a young offenders' institute.
Ghosts of series past: Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and England captain Andrew Strauss shake hands in Dubai ahead of the series (left), which is the first between the two sides since the spot-fixing scandal involving Mohammad Aamer, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif (right, left-right) in the summer of 2010
England's trip to the United Arab Emirates is the first time the sides have met in Test action since then, but Pietersen says the past will be left in the past once the sides take the field in Dubai on Tuesday.
Pietersen said: 'There will not be an undercurrent about what happened in 2010. Not with our players – we've spoken about it and it will not happen at all with us.
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'Of course there will still be on-field chat because we play our cricket very hard. There's no way Jimmy Anderson, who is a grumpy bowler, won't be grumpy.
'But there will be no hangover from the past.'
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