KP quits limited overs cricket

May 31, 2012 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment


England batsmen Kevin Pietersen has announced his retirement from international limited overs cricket with immediate effect.

The 31-year-old will, however, remain available for all of England’s test matches and the IPL.

Pietersen’s international future has been the subject of intense debate over recent months with this announcement not entirely surprising.

The increasingly crowded cricket calendar is placing an ever greater physical strain on the players, with more and more international cricketers in their late 20s and early 30s feeling forced to choose one form of the game over another due to fitness concerns.

Pietersen’s choice to continue with Test cricket is a boost for the ECB and the longer form of the game as a whole. With the growth of T20 cricket Test match attendances are falling worldwide so the continued presence of a star name like Pietersen will only be of benefit.

However, a rather bizarre ECB ruling means that he cannot represent England in upcoming T20 World Cup as his central contract stipulates he is available for all forms of the limited overs game or none at all. Pietersen, incidentally, revealed he would have been willing to play at the World Cup – where England will be defending their title – had he been allowed to.

In explaining their ruling, an ECB statement read: “This [ruling] is designed to reflect the importance of one-day international cricket which is a strategic priority as England look for improved performances in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy and the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.”

His decision to continue in the IPL is also a controversial one. The huge sums on offer for the players are understandably tempting and the competition has reached such a level now whereby a dedicated part of the cricket calendar should now be devoted to it, in order to avoid collisions with international matches. Plenty more players will follow Pietersen’s lead in the coming years.

Both on and off the pitch, the actions and decisions of Kevin Pietersen have always caused debate, and here is no different.

KP has played 127 ODIs and 36 T20s for England, making his international debut in 2004 against Zimbabwe in Harare. He has scored 4,184 runs at an average of 41.84 in one-day internationals and averages 37.93 in international T20 cricket.

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