England June 1, 2012

Why has KP retired? Time will tell

The man himself has told, but we can't quite be content with that now, can we?
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News of Kevin Pietersen's characteristically unorthodox retirement from limited-overs international cricket shook this nation to its core. The Queen, just days before celebrating her Jubilee by being plonked on a flotilla and fired down the Thames, was reportedly "beside herself", after booking a two-week holiday in Sri Lanka for her and the Duke of Edinburgh to coincide with the World Twenty20 this autumn.

Pietersen's partial retirement was an announcement that, whilst not quite in the category of Elvis Presley appearing at an emotional press conference at Lord's announcing that he was (a) still alive, (b) available for selection for England in all formats, and (c) turning down an IPL contract to focus on playing for Kent, was nonetheless still a shock.

From a cricketing perspective, whether you are an England supporter, player, administrator, or none of the above, Pietersen's premature exit from the shorter forms of the international game is a massive disappointment. Albeit not quite as massive a disappointment as it would have been if Elvis Presley, at the end of that emotional press conference, had pulled off a mask to reveal that he was in fact Kent skipper Robert Key.

Inevitably, within seconds of the announcement, in which Pietersen declared unequivocally why he had taken this rather drastic step ‒ due to the physical demands of the international schedule on his ageing body ‒ speculation began as to why Pietersen had taken this rather drastic step. Was it to concentrate on his Test career? To maximise his potential T20 earnings? To spend more time with his family? Or, as some outlandish conspiracy theorists suggested, due to the physical demands of the international schedule on his ageing body?

Time will tell. Pietersen has already told, but time will also tell. As will the number of T20 contracts he hoovers up over the next few years. Personally, I think his stated reasons are understandable. Cricket, like most professional sports in the increasingly competitive 21st-century era, has been busily trying to squeeze eggs out of any even vaguely golden, silvery or bronze-tinted geese. In a summer when it was apparently impossible to schedule even a four-Test series against South Africa, let alone the five Tests it merited, Pietersen can be forgiven for looking at the calendar of 13 ODIs and thinking that it would be hard to maintain his focus and enthusiasm throughout. I am sure many England supporters are thinking the same. This absurd menu of 50-over porridge now looks even less appetising without England's most exciting player.

As the current make-up of the West Indian team testifies, players are being forced to make choices that there is no good reason for them being forced to make. Cricket's calendar urgently needs to see a psychiatrist. Its behaviour is increasingly irrational, and it is starting to alienate even those who love it. It clearly has deep-seated issues that need addressing, before it does itself irreparable harm. And, like the rest of us, it needs to find a satisfactory life-balance between money and spiritual well-being.

● Pietersen's ODI career has been a rather baffling journey, but his back-to-back hundreds in Dubai in February suggested that he could have gone on to become a dominant, potentially tournament-winning one-day opener and England's best-ever ODI batsman (not an especially hotly contested category, admittedly) (barely even warmly contested) (he possibly/probably is that anyway, but his overall ODI career has nevertheless been something of a disappointment) (in his first ten and final two innings combined, he averaged a supernatural 178, and scored five centuries - in the 104 innings over six and a half years in between, his average was a distinctly human 34, and he hit four hundreds) (so the feeling persists that ODI cricket had not seen as much of the best of Pietersen as it should have).

His retirement is also a sizeable baseball bat to the midriff of England's hopes of retaining the World T20 title they won in the Caribbean two years ago, in which Pietersen was the dominant influence, scoring 73 not out (off 52 balls), 53 (off 33), 42 not out (off 26), and 47 (off 31) in the four successive victories that took England to their first major limited-over trophy. He can stake a claim to being the best batsman to date in the short history of T20 internationals, a format in which he scored consistently and rapidly ‒ he was out in single figures just four times in 36 innings, and scored 40 or more 14 times, more than any other player, ahead of Brendon McCullum (12 times in 47 innings).

However, if his voluntary streamlining of his England schedule results in him being mentally, physically and technically fresh for Test cricket in the next few Ashes-laden years, few will complain.

● Amongst the innumerable reasons for the West Indies' continued failure as a Test team is the high turnover of players. From the completely pointless 2009 two-Test series in England, eight of the England XI were playing at Trent Bridge in this year's second Test. Of the remaining three, Onions was in the squad, and Bopara close to it. Only the retired Collingwood is out of the Test picture.

Of the 2009 West Indian XI that capitulated so meekly it looked like they were trying to fast-track themselves to inheriting the earth (a possible legacy of the Allen Stanford era), only two remain - Shivnarine Chanderpaul and the recently recalled Denesh Ramdin. Fidel Edwards played in the Lord's Test, but the rest have gone their various ways, including paceman Jerome Taylor, who, having destroyed England in a series-winning blitz in Jamaica just months previously, has gone on to play only one more Test after the 2009 series.

Taylor now seems engaged in an endless squabblathon with the impenetrable mystic entity that is the WICB. Part of the elongobicker revolves around the allegation that his fitness is not up to the standards required to represent West Indies in a Test match. Having seen the not-entirely-Bruce-Reid-esque girth of Ravi Rampaul at Trent Bridge, this raises suspicions that Taylor had succumbed to a diet of battered cheese and lard ice-cream, and ballooned to the size of an unusually gluttonous sumo wrestler, and that, aside from issues of declining form, he logistically cannot be squeezed out of the dressing room door onto the field of play. Or that the WICB has still not mastered the delicate art of player management. Your call.

● I promised in my last blog that this blog would feature Marlon Samuels. I am now promising that the next blog will feature Marlon Samuels. If you are Marlon Samuels, I apologise. The rest of you, I expect to take this grievous disappointment with good grace.

● Kent captain Robert Key has announced the release of his new single, a catchy rock'n'roll number entitled "Jailhouse Rock".

Andy Zaltzman is a stand-up comedian, a regular on the BBC Radio 4, and a writer

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  • raj kohli on June 5, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Andy u have lost it. U r repeating the same style and u r not funny or incisive any more. U had ur good time now retire.

  • Chris Purnell on June 4, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    KP is an entertainer & therefore looking for superstar pay-offs. Don't forget that he could be doing a Sir Ian Botham for a few decades. He's proved one point now there is his media training.

  • Chris Purnell on June 4, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    KP is an entertainer & therefore looking for superstar pay-offs. Don't forget that he could be doing a Sir Ian Botham for a few decades. He's proved one point now there is his media training.

  • Rakib on June 2, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Its really shocking for all cricket lovers. KP is a real entertainer compared to other boring English batting. I think he took this decision for some disappointment with ECB. I wonder how Stuart Broad and Alistair Cook can be T20 and ODI captain.. Shame ! Shame....

  • Jon Storm on June 2, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    I don't understand why they insist on playing so many 50 over matches. It's a dull format that they keep tinkering with in a desperate but losing attempt to spice it up. No-one likes the stupidly named powerplays, neither the fielding nor batting side ever wants to take them.

    You can't blame KP for not wanting to play the tedious 50 over format. The answer is simple - dump 50 over ODIs, and just play T20 and Tests. T20 is better for the players, the public, and most importantly TV. A three-hour game slots into TV schedules much better than a 50 over bore-athon.

  • John Dallman on June 2, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    The 50-over game should be fading into history. It has become an unnatural form of cricket, whose rules prevent natural play. T20 is primal cricket, unsophisticated, but enjoyable for its dash and energy.

    Unfortunately, the TV companies want 50 overs, presumably because it fills more time, and isn't much more work for them. And while they supply the money, they get to influence what gets played.

  • Allwyn Mendonca on June 2, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Retiring is ones individual decision , If you are getting 2 million USD for IPL that for playing 2 months in year for 3 years , so why wont anyone retire.

  • Allwyn Mendonca on June 2, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Retiring is ones individual decision , If you are getting 2 million USD for IPL that for playing 2 months in year for 3 years , so why wont anyone retire.

  • Allwyn Mendonca on June 2, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Retiring is ones individual decision , If you are getting 2 million USD for IPL that for playing 2 months in year for 3 years , so why wont anyone retire.

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  • raj kohli on June 5, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Andy u have lost it. U r repeating the same style and u r not funny or incisive any more. U had ur good time now retire.

  • Chris Purnell on June 4, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    KP is an entertainer & therefore looking for superstar pay-offs. Don't forget that he could be doing a Sir Ian Botham for a few decades. He's proved one point now there is his media training.

  • Chris Purnell on June 4, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    KP is an entertainer & therefore looking for superstar pay-offs. Don't forget that he could be doing a Sir Ian Botham for a few decades. He's proved one point now there is his media training.

  • Rakib on June 2, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Its really shocking for all cricket lovers. KP is a real entertainer compared to other boring English batting. I think he took this decision for some disappointment with ECB. I wonder how Stuart Broad and Alistair Cook can be T20 and ODI captain.. Shame ! Shame....

  • Jon Storm on June 2, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    I don't understand why they insist on playing so many 50 over matches. It's a dull format that they keep tinkering with in a desperate but losing attempt to spice it up. No-one likes the stupidly named powerplays, neither the fielding nor batting side ever wants to take them.

    You can't blame KP for not wanting to play the tedious 50 over format. The answer is simple - dump 50 over ODIs, and just play T20 and Tests. T20 is better for the players, the public, and most importantly TV. A three-hour game slots into TV schedules much better than a 50 over bore-athon.

  • John Dallman on June 2, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    The 50-over game should be fading into history. It has become an unnatural form of cricket, whose rules prevent natural play. T20 is primal cricket, unsophisticated, but enjoyable for its dash and energy.

    Unfortunately, the TV companies want 50 overs, presumably because it fills more time, and isn't much more work for them. And while they supply the money, they get to influence what gets played.

  • Allwyn Mendonca on June 2, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Retiring is ones individual decision , If you are getting 2 million USD for IPL that for playing 2 months in year for 3 years , so why wont anyone retire.

  • Allwyn Mendonca on June 2, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Retiring is ones individual decision , If you are getting 2 million USD for IPL that for playing 2 months in year for 3 years , so why wont anyone retire.

  • Allwyn Mendonca on June 2, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Retiring is ones individual decision , If you are getting 2 million USD for IPL that for playing 2 months in year for 3 years , so why wont anyone retire.

  • Ameer Hamza on June 2, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    The greatest batsman of todays age.....Big loss for england and limited overs cricket.

  • James on June 2, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    This is typical of KP. From his weak reason for leaving South Africa, to the captaincy debacle, now this. Great player, but needs to get real, it's not all about the money. He should be grateful he has the talent to enjoy a career most can only dream of, and be less arrogant about it.

  • Kunal Talgeri on June 2, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    My mild suspicion is that KP did not like the MCC and ICC snubbing the switch hit. :-P That one-stroke wonder...

  • Kunal Talgeri on June 2, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    My mild suspicion is that KP did not like the MCC and ICC snubbing the switch hit. :-P That one-stroke wonder...

  • Imran on June 2, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Nothing surprising here, Pietersen has shown time and again that he's a mercenary cricketer since he left SA for the riches on offer in England, so let's not blame him for showing that he'll go where the money is. And he's not alone in lacking enthusiasm for the 1-day game, as England have historically failed at this format, and consequently derided it. In the current test side, both Swann and Anderson have admitted that they don't want anything to do with the 1-day game, T20s are enough. When T20 cricket first appeared, everyone feared for the demise of test cricket - who would have though that it would end up slowly killing the one-day game instead?

  • Teague on June 1, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    KP, I'm lost for words mate.

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  • landl47 on June 1, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Call me a weary old cynic, but last week KP was fined for tweeting inappropriately about the ECB's broadcast partner and this week he tells them he's taking his bat and going home. KP has always had the mentality of a schoolboy and this is just more proof of it. Aging body, indeed! He's 31 and should have at least 4 more years at top level, which would take him beyond the 2015 World Cup. Ricky Ponting had to be prised out of the Australian ODI side with a crowbar at age 37. It's a snit, which IPL money has enabled him to indulge. He'll live to regret it when he can't play any more and he realizes that he's not remembered as England's finest batsman, but as that guy who threw his toys out of the pram.

  • Vinay on June 1, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    He's done everything possible to get what he wants and will keep doing that. Just like anyone should. If there are no opportunities in SA, move to a place you can have it. If there's more opportunity in another league, move. Just like an organization (ECB) will drop/fire a player/person for better results, an individual will move/resign for his benefit. You go KP!!

  • Gonzo on June 1, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    He wants to stay home and spend more time with his biltong and Springbok rugby jersey collection - fair enough I say.

  • Soomdat on June 1, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    KP"England is Jealous of IPL" is a hold load of crap. The only reason IPL is so on most people minds is because of the people running cricket or i should say the country running cricket makes it out to be so. The IPL is just like the ICL but IPL is acceptable because of the powerhouse that authorize it and force the ICC to accept it to avid a bigger exodus. Its like this i am going to do this if you like it or not but let me warn you better like it or else. Just like KP i am going to do this if you like it or not(quit).

  • Jose P on June 1, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Now, what? Andy Zaltzman retiring from writing blogs? Hope not. But as he says "Time will Tell". Yes, old man time will. When he gets sufficiently old!

  • Aak on June 1, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    I think he made a good choice. How much longer can he serve a jail term under ECB and getting fined for everything. No room for honest human beings in ECB. "fast-track themselves to inheriting the earth (a possible legacy of the Allen Stanford era)" - why are you talking only about WI -XI, not English team? they couldn't win that either.

  • Jason on June 1, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    KP stepped on Rob Key's blue suede shoes. Key will now triumphantly resume his ODI career!

  • Chat on June 1, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    "turning down an IPL contract to focus on playing for Kent" - I am laughing so hard that my wife thinks I am going nuts!

  • Jo on June 1, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Great article. @firstdrop, abolutely agree we need to ditch 50 overs. KP gave England belief with his batting at Lords in 2005 Ashes. Methinks he deserves to be managed with a little more flexibility.

  • njr1330 on June 1, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Cricket is ultimately an entertainment, as is all professional sport. Why is anybody going to pay upwards of £50 in the middle of a recession, for a ticket to see a game, where the most entertaining participant is at home playing on his X-box !!

  • njr1330 on June 1, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Cricket is ultimately an entertainment, as is all professional sport. Why is anybody going to pay upwards of £50 in the middle of a recession, for a ticket to see a game, where the most entertaining participant is at home playing on his X-box !!

  • Orkut on June 1, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Kp's retirement is one of the first steps of cricket moving in the direction of professional football...I think in few years time we will have professional leagues (IPL, BPL, SPL, Champions League, PPL, Friends Provident T20) taking over the cricket calender over the year and international cricket will only be playes during the British Summer season.

    Just an opinion!!

  • Rashid on June 1, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should talk to him, he might change his mind..

  • Anonymous on June 1, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    England survived the German onslaught of WW11, the West Indies trashings of the 1970's and 80's. Exit Pietersen! Will England crumble? No way! As a West Indian I admire English courage in the face of adversity. England will live-on and florish with or without K.P.

  • Dhananjaya Herath on June 1, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    I love to watch KP Playing especially in short formats. I'm Sri Lankan cricket fan but still more keen to watch cricket matches England playing because of KP. The way he bated is tremendous. He has lot Power behind his strokes but still playing lot of unorthodox shots in all formats as well.

    I can't understand why he decided this at the age of 31. He could play till next world cup without any issues and give his invaluable contribution to England Cricket Team to win the title.

    Anyway he is one of the bast crowd entertainers in current cricket arena and hope he has room to change his decision.

    Best of Luck Kevin !!!

  • dinesh on June 1, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    i lost my all respect for him. ecb shld better remove him from test team as well, such selfish players shldn't be selected who leave the team in disray

  • Vinoth on June 1, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    We would surely miss KP... but we have IPL and we would love to see him play the entire season... ECB is selfish and very adamant.

  • Puneeth on June 1, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Well KP is a world class cricketer and most of all a great entertainer true!! But he still is a human n yes as he said he's been unable to cope up wit the tight international schedule!! Here comes a question then what about the great man Sachin tendulkar??? Playin all forms of cricket from d past 22years!!!! N also the IPL!! Thats why dey say he's d GOD OF CRICKET!!!!!

  • valentino on June 1, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    I take it kP is a brave man and what ever decision he take is best for him. look and learn C Gale time to leave WI cricket and do what is best for you These board men are a bunch of @%& jacks,they are distroying cricket in the westindies

  • david on June 1, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Several things to bear in mind when assessing any aspect of KP's behaviour: 1) He is the Zaphod Beeblebrox of cricket- except whereas ZB's ego was proved to be as big as the Universe, KP's may actually be bigger. Understand this and one can begin to "read" KP. 2) The idea of physical burn-out in a cricketer is basically laughable. The toll on the body of any professional tennis player is gigantically more and they don't come out with this nonsense. Infact the toll on anyone doing a two-hour commute to a regular job 250 times a year is probably higher. 3) KP loves cricket, but loves fame more, and himself above all. 4) He is wonderfully entertaining- let's just enjoy him while we can, in whatever cricket he decides to play.

  • Muhammad Atique on June 1, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    "When there's too much money around who will go for little?"

    To me T20 Leagues with money (huge) involved are going to ruin the Cricket...

    KP's retirement can be due to T20 Leagues but one can't say anything at the moment......In fact "Time will Show instead of saying"........

  • Dodger on June 1, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    KP is throwing a strop worthy of a 12 year old. Drop him from the test side too. He bats selfishly and lives his life selfishly it would seem. Let him play as much IPL as he wants.

  • Zorina Shah on June 1, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Clearly that clause in the ECB contract was intended to target some players. KP can make the team in all formats. Captain and Cook, while available, cannot, so they are not affected. May I add that KP's ageing body looked wholesome (lol) during his second innings against WI.

  • Alex on June 1, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    KP retiring?!

    I'd be interested to hear what Sky's Nick Knight has to say about that...

  • RH on June 1, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Who cares... ODIs are rubbish anyway, its just a T20 with thirty overs of leg side nurdling in the middle. Test cricket for the purist and T20 for excitement. The death of the ODI can't come soon enough...

  • Sarma Bhamidipati on June 1, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    He is a pure entertainer of Cricket. The whole cricket world will miss him.T20 leagues will benefit from him.

  • JP on June 1, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    "Time will tell. Pietersen has already told, but time will also tell." Brilliant!

  • firstdrop on June 1, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Pietersen has presumably asked if he can have a variation to the terms of his contract, and the ECB has declined the request. He has responded by "retiring" from two forms of the International game, which is probably a breach of the contract. The ECB has accepted this, without seeking to recover anything from him in compensation for said breach. Where they go next, who knows?

    Obviously, the ECB and the TV companies are at odds with most of the English cricket-watching public, who would like more Tests, and couldn't care less about ODIs. To paraphrase that elegant wordsmith who used to captain West Indies, nobody would weep if 50-over internation cricket died.

    If it did, that would leave room for proper Test series (which in England attract very good paying support at high prices). There would be room for a more lucrative focused T20 product, to balance the books, and a more rational Championship calendar. KP is a man of vision, just not a martyr.

  • Anonymous on June 1, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    What a farce?? Cook, Trott, Anderson, Bell all are in first XI for ODIs but not even in top 20 for T20s, so why a stupid rule that a player should be available for both formats. While the entire world is planning 3 teams for 3 formats, ECB is showing arrogance.

  • Anonymous on June 1, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    He was like a 'hired-in' external consultant providing services to the totally defunct English XI in early 2000s, now that English are No.1 their arrogance has left them to think they no more need his services, especially given his recent inconsistency. Add to that the twitter and troubles he had with coaches and players..ECB has to do housekeeping, so they pushed him to the limits. Looks like Andrew Symonds part 2 to be, the only difference is alcohol vs twitter

  • ali Abbas awan on June 1, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    this is most disappointing news for me since i m watching cricket..........because i am big fan of kp.....

  • ali Abbas awan on June 1, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    their is no one who have a class like kp......he is brave,stylish, aggressive and no.1 t20 batsman........their is some issue that he took this decision

  • JErry Silva on June 1, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Sad to hear, how to see your quick batting.

  • ali Abbas awan on June 1, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    i only watch cricket to see kp batting......it's a big disappointment for me and his every fan.........plz if someone can do some thing than say him to take his decision back.........

  • Anuj on June 1, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Fairwell KP. Now probably we can see more english player in english team they are currently called S.Africa team-B, isn't it..lol

  • TimelessTests on June 1, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    KP did this to spend more time with his ego. Measured negotiation and the rotation system would have seen him avoid many of the summer's ODIs but no, he wants it all and he wants it his way and he wants it now. Of course none of this excuses the daft scheduling of way too many ODIs and far too few Tests but this is the same for all the players. There's no 'I' in team but there's no 'K' and 'P' either.

  • S.Nania on June 1, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    bye bye to England's chances of T20 world Cup No player can match his play in ODI & T20. Ask Delhi Dare Devils & any impartial Cricket Lover One former player had described Selectors as a. Bunch of jokers.How Apt.

  • Adrian on June 1, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    I love the comparisons between Elvis and Rob Key here - genius!

  • imran rasheed on June 1, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    hi this is imran i think brave dicision and sachin look at him

  • tommyc159 on June 1, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Peterson is crazy.. unless their is more to it

  • Arshad Khan on June 1, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    I thought he retired because the ECB did not take too kindly too the "jealous" remarks he made some time ago, while playing IPL.

  • Ashish Bajaj on June 1, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    "I couldn't have ever imagined that you will take retirement so early, I love watching you playing for england, not only me everyone does. No doubt your decision has come as a surprise, Will miss you in Odi's and Tt's , One of your biggest fan ... Ashish (India)

  • Keyoor on June 1, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Serious write up from one of the most humorous cricket bloggers till date. There is a reason why Kevin will be missed. Strongly. When, Andy Zaltzman gets serious, it means something. Nice write up.

  • Vineet on June 1, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    For me the reasons are two. (1) The recent fine imposed by ECB on Kevin, and (2) The IPL. The first was a blessing-in-disguise for Kevin as he would not have been able to make his mind to only play IPL, but with the fine, it became easy to decide.

  • Pushkar on June 1, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    What the hell is ECB smoking...13 ODIs in total and a mere 3 test series against SA! A 5 test series would have been great to watch while even 3 ODIs are more than enough. I wish ECB was more like TCCB which used to prioritize test match cricket over these meaningless ODIs.

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  • Pushkar on June 1, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    What the hell is ECB smoking...13 ODIs in total and a mere 3 test series against SA! A 5 test series would have been great to watch while even 3 ODIs are more than enough. I wish ECB was more like TCCB which used to prioritize test match cricket over these meaningless ODIs.

  • Vineet on June 1, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    For me the reasons are two. (1) The recent fine imposed by ECB on Kevin, and (2) The IPL. The first was a blessing-in-disguise for Kevin as he would not have been able to make his mind to only play IPL, but with the fine, it became easy to decide.

  • Keyoor on June 1, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Serious write up from one of the most humorous cricket bloggers till date. There is a reason why Kevin will be missed. Strongly. When, Andy Zaltzman gets serious, it means something. Nice write up.

  • Ashish Bajaj on June 1, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    "I couldn't have ever imagined that you will take retirement so early, I love watching you playing for england, not only me everyone does. No doubt your decision has come as a surprise, Will miss you in Odi's and Tt's , One of your biggest fan ... Ashish (India)

  • Arshad Khan on June 1, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    I thought he retired because the ECB did not take too kindly too the "jealous" remarks he made some time ago, while playing IPL.

  • tommyc159 on June 1, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Peterson is crazy.. unless their is more to it

  • imran rasheed on June 1, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    hi this is imran i think brave dicision and sachin look at him

  • Adrian on June 1, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    I love the comparisons between Elvis and Rob Key here - genius!

  • S.Nania on June 1, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    bye bye to England's chances of T20 world Cup No player can match his play in ODI & T20. Ask Delhi Dare Devils & any impartial Cricket Lover One former player had described Selectors as a. Bunch of jokers.How Apt.

  • TimelessTests on June 1, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    KP did this to spend more time with his ego. Measured negotiation and the rotation system would have seen him avoid many of the summer's ODIs but no, he wants it all and he wants it his way and he wants it now. Of course none of this excuses the daft scheduling of way too many ODIs and far too few Tests but this is the same for all the players. There's no 'I' in team but there's no 'K' and 'P' either.