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Pietersen retires from international limited-overs cricket

David Hopps

May 31, 2012

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Kevin Pietersen walks off having led England to a series-clinching victory, Pakistan v England, 3rd ODI, Dubai, February, 18, 2012
Kevin Pietersen completed back-to-back centuries against Pakistan in Dubai in what turned out to be his last two ODI appearances for England © Getty Images
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Kevin Pietersen has retired from all international limited-overs cricket with immediate effect. He will remain available for consideration as a specialist Test match player only. The news comes four months before England defend their World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka.

"With the intensity of the international schedule and the increasing demands on my body, 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," Pietersen said. "I am immensely proud of my achievements in the one-day game but still wish to be considered for selection for England in Test cricket.

He has no plans to retire from the IPL, which will further increase tensions between the IPL and international cricket and heighten the debate over whether a window is becoming increasingly necessary to seek accommodation between the tournament and the international circuit.

Pietersen's decision ends protracted discussions about his England future, which he persistently denied, in which he envisaged a future playing Tests and T20s only.

This was prevented by the terms of ECB central contracts which state that any player who makes himself unavailable for either format of one-day cricket is automatically ruled out of selection for both ODIs and T20s.

"For the record, were the selection criteria not in place, I would have readily played for England in the upcoming World Twenty20," Pietersen said.

The stipulation is seen as essential in protecting England's extensive Test summer in which 50-over cricket still plays a central part. England have just begun one of their busiest summers on record, a programme involving a summer of six Tests, 14 ODIs and four T20s.

An ECB statement said: "Pietersen, who discussed his position with the ECB during the recent Investec Test at Lord's, accepts that his current contract will continue to run through to September 2012 but that the contract will be downgraded to reflect the fact that he will only be selected for Test cricket for the remainder of his current contract.

"The terms of the central contract state that any player making himself unavailable for either of the one-day formats automatically rules himself out of consideration for both formats of the game as planning for both formats is closely linked.

"This 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."

Pietersen, 31, has played 127 ODIs and 36 T20s for England, making his international debut in 2004 against Zimbabwe in Harare. He has scored 4184 runs at an average of 41.84 in one-day internationals and averages 37.93 in international T20s.

Hugh Morris, the managing director of England Cricket, said: "ECB is disappointed by the timing of Kevin's decision less than four months before we defend our ICC World Twenty20 title.

"Kevin is a world-class player and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his efforts and we look forward to his continued contributions towards the Test match side."

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Posted by usman.usama on (June 3, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

quite simple - ICC needs to bring in a rule that the players would be only eligible to play for IPL or any domestic t-20 tournament if they are going to be fully available to represent their country in any format of the game regardless whether they are in contact with their local board or not.

That would just make things much easier and would make players think twice before giving priority to others than to their nation.

Posted by stFleming on (June 3, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Don't know why England have never produced good ODI players....Kevin Pietersen was one of them and now he too destroyed his CV...The highest run-getter in England is Paul Collingwood....

Posted by Rafelgibt on (June 3, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

It was really obvious that KP will do that..........I'm not surprised to get the news.....He is always been a selfish cricketer as money is his first choice over country.......Not bad......... this way he will play only few TEST matches and all the T20 leagues of the world........IPL, Big Bash, BPL, and all.........Such a selfish player...........

Posted by   on (June 3, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

he shud have retired from t20s to prolonf his test n odi carrer but if u think on terms of money for fuure its a gud move!! will miss a great batsman in odis

Posted by   on (June 3, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

It was surprise to me that KP retired ODI, people nowadays retiring from Test cricket to prolong their ODI career, he has done the opposite. Well KP is a great entertainer, i would miss watching him in ODIs. England ODI team will be under pressure without him no doubt. The present ECB however is SKY sports ECB.

Posted by desi-blue on (June 2, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

i have to admit,i was a bit suprised when i heard that k.p had retired,but then again he has always been a bit of an enigma...even a rebel at times...did he maximize his full potential in the limited overs game for eng??..that's anyone's guess...but as an indian fan i would be much happier if we faced an eng team without k.p as opposed to a team with him in it...i think it is best we respect his decision and wish him the best for his future....by the way...don't rule out a possible comeback just yet...coz with k.p you never know..

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (June 2, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Time for guys like Bairstow, Butler, Taylor, Stokes to raise their hand and step forward cause I can guarantee you that KP's getting dropped at the first hint of a slump and there won't be T20 or ODI to for him to bash away into form.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Hard to see how this relates to an IPL window seeing as england don't generally play ODIs during the IPL.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

NO KP please rethink ur decision of quitting the ODI & T-20 Format...come back we love U........

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

This is sad really sad, surely the ECB could have try to at lease have him play for the worldt20

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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