May 31, 2012
Kevin Pietersen has today announced his retirement from the England one-day and Twenty20 side.
Pietersen represented England in 127 one-day internationals and 36 Twenty20 internationals since making his debut in 2004.
The 31 year-old had wanted to carry on playing for England in Twenty20 cricket, but England have said that players cannot pick and choose between which form of one-day cricket they play.
Speaking about his decision to step down in the shorter form of the game, Pietersen said ‘”I think it is the right time to step aside and let the next generation of players come through to gain experience for the World Cup in 2015. I still wish to be considered for selection for England in Test cricket.”
With a full international fixture calendar ahead, as well as Pietersen’s involvement in the IPL, the South-African born batsman felt he needed some time away from playing. Pietersen scored 4,184 one-day international runs at an average of 48.14, and will be hugely missed in this form of the game due to his ability to attack world class bowling line-ups.
England will be disappointed with the way this situation has unfolded, with the Twenty20 World Cup only 4 months away in Sri Lanka.
This is not the first time Pietersen has run into difficulties with the ECB. In 2009 the hard hitting batsman resigned from the captaincy after a rift with Peter Moores who was coach of England at the time.
It is thought that Pietersen will still be named in England’s Test match team to face West Indies next week at Edgbaston.
The Scoop 31/05/12