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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, 12:46 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, 8:23 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, 8:05 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, 7:48 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, 3:06 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, 18:56 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, 12:52 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, 11:55 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, 11:11 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, 11:02 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

For all the entertainment KP provides and his rich talent, he is still employed by someone and he must accept his employer's rules. I feel that there should not even be the opportunity to pick and choose between limkted overs and test matches. Either you are available for a contract as an international cricketer or not and for me that would regrettably mean he should not be picked even for tests if he wants to opt out of ODIs. (It's "cake and eat it"! There should be a possibility of the selectors choosing to invite players to opt out of any of the formats as they approach the end of their careers (Pietersen at 32 should have a few more years yet to fulfill responsibilities in all formats!) in a way which is in the best interests of the player and the national squad/s. The major problem is the IPL. as entertaining as it might be to watch for a while, it goes on too long, is very repetitive and offers ridiculous amounts of financial incentive which naturally impact on players' loyalties

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Thank You Kevin. always loved your switch hits against any bowler.

Posted by ISBCRIC on (June 2, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

still cant believe it.... i think he should atleast play till the 2015 worldcup.... such a gifted limited overs player

Posted by rydberg on (June 2, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

nick compton could take up his place

Posted by ravip175 on (June 2, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

one more giant left odi ....hats off to this african born legend......

Posted by shahbazhussain on (June 2, 2012, 2:58 GMT)

Woow, what a great decision to show Sachin that how he cares about the new talent and love for country? No doubt Sachin is a great player but he got this "GREAT" status after many dozens of players axed on his name for over 23 years!!! They are playing Sachin to make records which they want to keep as clearly mentioned.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 0:25 GMT)

Australia must make sure Michael Clarke doesn't follow the same path as Pietersen and retire from ODI. Given the crowded busy schedule, Clarke's recent joining in the IPL and his marriage, he could end up retiring sooner than anyone would anticipate. Obviously there are plenty of other Australian cricketers who want to play ODI. It may well be that he could retire after the world cup and concentrate on tests for a while before bowing out. Cricketers earn more money by playing one season of IPL than a whole years worth of international cricket.

Posted by newMachine on (June 1, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

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

Posted by shovwar on (June 1, 2012, 22:45 GMT)

A great performer...very hard to find his replacement unless England can find another South African like him....he will be missed in odi's.......

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

He is like Yuvraj Singh for England.. I'm going to miss both the friends ;) in the best format of Cricket..

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (June 1, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

Most people seem to have missed the point. KP's retirement from ODIs is because of his need to spend more time with his family BUT that is a direct relation to him playing in the IPL...make no bones about it. England cricketing schedule is pretty much the same year in, year out..summer at home and winter abroad. Say for Eng the new cricket season starts in April-May. A small series in April/May followed by the main course in June/July/Aug. Break in Oct/Nov then 2 winter tours usually a big one around Christmas and a lesser one in Feb/March. Eng crickers usually get a break following the summer home series around October and another break after their winter tours around March/April. Now in KP's case since he's also playing the IPL the only break he gets is right after the English summer and before the winter tours start. IF he quits ODI and not T20, he gets extra weeks off during English summer and gets to come home earlier on winter tours, gets to play IPL, makes tons of money!

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

its really a shocking news... I was waiting for his knocks in upcoming ODIs and T20 Internationals... I am fan of his selection of shots... Whatever is the required runrate on board he has the capability to chase it without any risk...

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

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

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 1, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

jonesy2- don't you have anyone in your Australian side now??

Posted by snajuro1111 on (June 1, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

even though I'm not a fan of his, i think the rationale behind his decision shows intelligence. What he is saying, either intentionaly or unintentionaly is that test cricket remains the pinnacle, while the IPL is the money and glamour. The one days and international T20s are not worth the bother, outside of the world cup. Those whom love test cricket will be happy he has said that, while the IPL supporters will also like it. It may be the road that needs we need to go down to save test cricket, a big maybe that is, because we still have to take India into account and their attitude towards tests.

Posted by gsamiru on (June 1, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

One of the saddest news for world cricket ................ What will happen to England's dream on World T20 title ?

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

i am an indian but a huge KP fan but will miss him in ODI and T20 cricket desperately and ECB should check this rule of limited over cricket retirement

Posted by StJohn on (June 1, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

I'm sure Hugh Morris is disappointed by the timing with respect to the World T20 - but what a silly policy to have in the first place! A model of fettering your own discretion. To expect Pietersen and other key players to play all 6 Tests, plus 14 ODIs and 4 T20s is, frankly, nuts. What a relief he's not retiring from Tests though!

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

i realy miss you KP .. u r my favourite cricketer ever...excellent player.. such big fan and now not see any oneday cricket or twenty match of england really miss u

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

His body is ok to continue making a fortune in the IPL but not for his chosen country.

Posted by krnataraj on (June 1, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

cricket lovers and fans thro out the world will miss KP during the ODI's and T20's. fortunately during the IPL we could see him at his explosive best. also his form in the test matches is bound to improve and we could see him score more centuries and match winning innings for the english team.

Posted by SuperSharky on (June 1, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

He really entertained me on the field and in the media. His limited overs retirement is a pity and the timing is very suspicious. Especially the "retirement with immediate effect". Usually a player will plan this and alarm in advance. KP is known for doing expeditious decisions. But still a great player and I'm glad that he is still available for Test cricket. He is not the first player to retire in such manner.

Posted by smudgeon on (June 1, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

KP played limited overs cricket? huh, there you go. can he retire from tests & public commentary now (in that order)?

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

Ironic that you can't play T20 cricket if you don't play ODI's but have different squads and different captains for the 2 formats. ECB's defense of having such a clause is a joke

Posted by D.Kekulawala on (June 1, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

We miss you KP .. u r my favourite cricketer ever...excellent player.. good bye.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

really shoked news for your fan but you should do something in your test career ...........................kp never forget your close fan......we are with you....keep it up.....

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

I am Pakistani but big fan of KP is early to retire KP

Posted by abhilash0799 on (June 1, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

Looks like he is bored of playing ODI cricket. Can't blame him. ODI cricket doesn't seem to have a context at all. Test cricket is supported by its traditional roots, and T20 by its commercial importance. For KP, no point in playing cricket when nobody's looking. But he must have been surprised by the ECB directive that he can't play T20 as well. Most probably it will be changed. They wouldn't want to lose someone like him as they are defending champs, especially after the way he played for the Daredevils.

Posted by choo_for_twenty_choo on (June 1, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

KP retiring?!

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

Posted by anver777 on (June 1, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

KP's Just 31 & its too early to leave the limited overs internationals !!!! At least he would have continued till the coming WCT20 !!!

Posted by KosalaDeSilva on (June 1, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

Was just wondering what will " Cricket God" say about this. England captain said Dinesh chandimal was selfish at Loads cricket match to think of his 100 last summer. Well, so this is?

Posted by soorajiyer on (June 1, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

I dont think IPL has got anything to do with this. But rather everything to do with the twitter outburst. I mean media can gag a player, but they cant take it back. Thats a bit of nonsense.

Is somebody in press criticizes a player then the player should have a medium of atleast venting out his frustration. And Knick Knight is not one to be compared to KP anyway. KP is class above Knight. So its sad that he cant say what he feels like. Players like KP, Freddie added charm to the game.

World cricket would be more boring to watch... Dravid gone, KP gone... Hmmm... Welcome to the world of machines!

Posted by dawn_adithya_prakash on (June 1, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Player like KP make batting and cricket look so glamorous!! Wish we could see more of him in ODI & T20 ... and I have a feeling that ECB will change its stand soon and we "WILL" see KP in T20 world cup!! That too after his form in IPL5 ... ? ECB won't take any chance :-)

Posted by CricketFan365 on (June 1, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Absolutely ridiculous decision. He is only 31, come on.. ODI, T20 without KP? So sad.. at least play for couple of years more.. KP, please don't go..

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

Another example of British administration serving itself rather than the players, fans or the game. It's also KP's reaction to not being able to Tweet what he likes. The ECB fine him for what he sees as fair comment after being abused by the media to create them a story. English cricket gets what it deserves.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

yo! ipl haters there is no odi in english summer during IPL ,if kp only wanted to play t20 leagues then he would have quit TEST.well another player wasted because of the stubborn traditionalists of ECB.well will love to see him in BPL.besides most england players dont prefer ODI

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

first andrew strauss..... den kevin pieterson.....now i wnnt b surprised if d next man in dis list ll b Alaister Cook or even Jonathan Trott....... ENGLISH PLAYERS R ALWAYS DEDICATED TO TEST CRICKET

Posted by Alistair0610 on (June 1, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

I wish the IPL and Champions League etc. would just go away. It's just real life Fantasy League for Indian billionaires. They do the game a lot more harm than good.

Posted by chapathishot on (June 1, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Seen this before and will not be the last .Remember Shahid Afridi

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

realy socking fro me i like somuch ke

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (June 1, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

He says he wants to play in the t20 World Cup. Can S Africa select him then? Wasnt sure if the dual nationality thing (ie Morgan playing for Ireland & England, Nannes for the Netherlands & Australia) applies across full member nations.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 1, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

@ satish619chandar (AND OTHERS) on (June 01 2012, 05:55 AM GMT) TBH regardless of how folk see IPL , at the end of the day (as with Gayle) it is the players choice 100% if he wants to play it - whether it be at the expense of playing tests for the country,ODIs for the country or whether (like the Aus boys) they have it as a bonus. IPL is there as a cash machine but just as I tried to post when KP was championing IPL , it's purely up to the media if they champion IPL just as it is the fan re watching IPL just as it is the player re playing IPL

Posted by Nisarg.Vadiya on (June 1, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

Can not understand why people blame IPL for this? 1) English summer clashes for 1 or 2 tests with IPL & English summer always strats with tests & KP has made himself available for tests. 2) Rest English assignments never clases with IPL.

I think Ravi was right when he told that for any outside edge you can blame IPL now.

Posted by Maccanui on (June 1, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

It is big of KP to think of the next generation of cricketers. He has always been so selfless like that.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

this is really shocking news.....any way thanks KP for entertaining us .......

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

Even at the age of 32, Kevin Pieterson feels that "it is the right time to step aside and let the next generation of players come through". Some of the ageing Indian stars in late thirties would rather carry on and let the youngsters burn out.

Posted by satish619chandar on (June 1, 2012, 5:55 GMT)

Great to see many comments blaming IPL.. Kudos to the fans,.. But they show their true colors when they encourage the BPL or SLPL or PPL coming up.. If you want T20 and embrace it, dont do it by demeaning a format which is the BEST for players, fans and cricket lovers.. IPL is and will remain the pinnacle of T20 competitions across the globe.. If T20 itself dies, IPL will be the last of them to die..

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (June 1, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

SOrry but why blame on IPL? DIDn't he come back in time for his test matches. Its only the ODIs he wanted to ditch and it is ECB's clause that is preventing him to take part in T20s.

Posted by jonesy2 on (June 1, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

he is a poor limited overs player anyway. not to mention one of the worst fielders going round

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

This is extremely disappointing and surprising news.... Though I am not Eng team fan but am a cricket fan and world cricket will miss a brave batsman.. Good luck KP in your future endeavours....

Posted by Yasassri on (June 1, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

If he got the One Day Captaincy, he could have play at least until next World Cup.

Posted by Udendra on (June 1, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

Seems to be the trend. Retire from playing Intl cricket and play IPL, BPL, SLPL, Big Bash, etc.

Posted by Rohan0309 on (June 1, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

This is totally out of the blue. Unexpected!

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

so England cant do diz tym in T20 Worldcup..

Posted by senthil25 on (June 1, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

why all are blaming IPL for Kp decision, this is his own decision, he knows what to do for his own life, nowadays money is more important than anything, for cricket the players have only 10 to 15 years, in the mean time they want earn so much money to secure their life, i don't think kp is done wrong, when he is playing in IPL whether he sitting out or playing in the 11, he will get he full money in just 2 Months. i think this is time for England to take a player play for their country sprit, and they should select the players from their own country, not from other countries(southafrica etc)

Posted by truthhh on (June 1, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

retiring at the peak,i think that;s the way to leave.when your performance are decreasing&if you leave cricket,people we remember you as just ordiniary batsman,but if you leave your peak level,people we remember you as long as possible..anyway it;s very sad to hear that news!!!

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (June 1, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

That 's big blow for england in short formats of the game .i can see england getting down in odis ( oh wait , they are already down in odis ) . wi will win odis against england easliy .

Posted by Kgp-kamlesh on (June 1, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

KP is the greatest of all time..... we should respect one decision, and whats wrong in looking for earning money by playing ipl.... just put yourself in same situation and think what you would have done at the same situation.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

its very sad news for international cricket loverss...... i am a big fan of him

Posted by devnikam on (June 1, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

wht a shame kp, ur feeling tired at 31....come on kp tell the fact ur choosing money n fame of IPL .... plz plz stop this IPL cricket is loosing its glory.....very sad dat ODI is going to lose such a class player....

Posted by RDLikesCricket on (June 1, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

One of the best stroke players in cricket today calling it quits from ODIs and T20... sad... for cricket in general. KP has had a love-hate relnship with ECB but the high impact player that he is.. he should've continued playing ODIs & T20 for a couple more years... maybe help England defend the T20 WC later this year... Greatness shortlived... hope he achieves bigger success in Test Cricket.. Good Luck KP...

Posted by Bruisers on (June 1, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

I would say it's more reason to watch IPL now. To watch KP bat in limited-overs!!

Posted by vak1997 on (June 1, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

he's just 32 and retired from limited overs cricket? he should have stayed till the world T20 later this year. it's good for the other teams though!! he should have stayed at least for the ODIs and retire from the T20Is just like Tendulkar did...

Posted by M.ziaullah on (June 1, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

I dont like this decion because english team and also all cricket lovers of the world will miss him very much.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

I LOVE YOUR REVESE SHOT PITESEN.YOU HAVE ACHIVED MANY RECORDS IN ODI CRICKET.I WILL MISS YOU IN LIMITED OVER CRICKET.

Posted by Cric.Luver on (June 1, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

Its all coz of IPL.......Shame on cricketers who keep money above their country. England gonna fine player better thn KP coz talent is not rare. There are players better thn KP.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

Saching could be saying - 'you going out on a high mate (after the two centuries), you're definitely selfish'. whatever his reason, me thinks, taking a bow at this stage is more respectable than waiting for the boot. We'll surely miss you. Best wishes and very well done KP.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 3:10 GMT)

A lot of people are talking about the IPL but I think this is a red herring, England ODI and T20 do not clash with the IPL, only tests which Pierson is committed to play. Instead I think this decision has more to do with the scheduling of ridiculous ODI only series like the upcoming 5 match series against Australia.

Posted by M.ziaullah on (June 1, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

Its a sad news for ecb and also for world cricket because we will miss him all upcoming t20 world cup and all upcoming formates.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 1, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

@Malcolm Jones on (May 31 2012, 23:10 PM GMT), exactly what he's always done: play for England. KP has never put the IPL before his national duties and nor is he now. He has said that he would continue to play international T20s if he could but the ECB won't let him without playing ODIs too. I guess KP has made his position clear regarding how he rates each of the three forms of the game: Tests come first, then T20s and then ODIs.

Posted by couchpundit on (June 1, 2012, 2:35 GMT)

KP should get back to SA and play for them...It would be fun and what a Team that would be!!

Posted by TruefanCriks on (June 1, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

A great servant of cricket is retired. It's really shcoking news. Everytime when he plays in ODI or T20 he is the amongst most handsome player of cricket ball to watch. Well just want to good wishes to him for his contributing for tests. Hats Of 2 you KP :)

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

Some retire early in their peak like KP, and some just want to keep playing way past their sell-by date like Tendya & Laxman for records and greed.

Posted by Patchmaster on (June 1, 2012, 2:14 GMT)

KP - take a bow, you've been amazing - thank you for all the great games and brilliant viewing. Shame on you IPL for putting another nail in World Cricket......I think KP will go on for many years as one of the greatest test players.

Posted by skkh on (June 1, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

Why is one sympathising with Pietersen here? He is going the Gayle way. He is retiring from the shorter form of the game for the IPL. He is putting himself ahead of the country that gave him his present day status.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

reallyy really.. disappointed

Posted by JB77 on (June 1, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

A bold move by KP. He'll need to make sure his form doesn't dip in Tests as he's no longer the best batsman in the Test side. Hell, he's not even the best South African in the team anymore.

Posted by Meety on (June 1, 2012, 1:27 GMT)

LOL! 515 comments & counting! This is the sign of the times. The pressure will be on the ICC to look at the viability of ODIs. In financial terms, ODIs are the biggest money rakers, however, the demand for T20 action means it will be hard to have all 3 formats. Of course the KP decision can easily be written off as the side effect of having a "hired gun" in your team. @srriaj317 - I don't believe he is the first, he is probably the first high profile England player. == == == Big blow for England's short form chances. He is 1 of the 3 best ODI batsmen England have (last 18mths), possibly their best ODI batsmen ever, AND he he is EASILY their best T20 batsmen (arguably the best in the world).

Posted by Provost on (June 1, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

There is no national team for cricket. For example, BCCI is a private non-profit club that happen to be in India. ICC recognizes one PRIVATE club per country.... (USA got multiple clubs each claim that they should be recognized so no US team....)... so there is nothing called the 'National duty' or something.. (Hockey team in India can be called the Indian team but not cricket).

Posted by frozendilemma on (June 1, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

This is madness...pure madness...the guy is so young...English team wouldnt be the same without him...

Posted by Andy_S. on (June 1, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

Yet again, the "suits" make a complete and utter mash-up of everything! T20 was designed to breathe life back into cricket, which was dying on it's feet. Cricket, in any form, needs players like KP. They are the "entertainers", they are the ones that the public go to watch. KP giving Murali a "switch hit" is what the crowd wants. They want to see KP "slog" his way to 50 in 20 balls. What they DON'T want to watch is the likes of Trott, standing at the crease for an hour, facing 30 balls and scoring 5 runs.

Posted by PAK-92 on (May 31, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

England have no chance of retaining the T20 world cup now, since their best one-day batsman has retired. Maybe KPs retirement could pave the way for Owais Shah, who is a worthy replacement and he had a decent IPL. Making 2 centuries in your last 2 ODIs is a great way to go out. Hopefully KP can continue to entertain us all in the ulimate format of the game, TEST match cricket.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

Very dispointing...it is a huge loss for d game of cricket..KP in full flow in a one day match is amazing..truly class player..hope he revokes his decison..or atleast play the 20 over world cup..

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 23:10 GMT)

What does KP do when an England test clashes with the IPL?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

IPL is a threat to international cricket. It just spoiled the taste of cricket.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (May 31, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

This is exactly why I hate IPL! More reason to say no to IPL!! I can't believe I won't see him in international colors again!! I hope he comes back out of it!

Posted by yorkshirematt on (May 31, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

Interesting to see some of the comments from non english people regarding Pietersen's popularity. It appears that he is more popular overseas than he is with english fans, who, while this doesn't go for everyone, have never really taken to him. Possibly because of his ego and his frustrating tendency to throw his wicket away. Or maybe i'm just mistaking it for typical british reserve

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 22:55 GMT)

The only world class England player retires from ODI and T20 when is 31, fit and in the form of his life. Way to go ECB !!! England will need KP to even pose a challenge or to maintain aggression to any opposition. The likes of Strauss or Bell or Cook sounds far from intimidating. I hope this decision is reversed and KP gets back into the scheme of things. Otherwise, we'll only get to see him in Tests and ofcourse IPL !!!

Posted by hasnain1212 on (May 31, 2012, 22:42 GMT)

this decision absolutely makes no sense at all.... he is an awesome player and plays better in the shorter version than in the test . I don't know whats the original reason behind this decision.

Posted by maddy20 on (May 31, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

There goes England's hopes of defending their title! He is the best player of spin in the England team. We will all miss seeing KP in colored clothing. What an entertainer!

Posted by koogan25 on (May 31, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

what a player for england? i think england not treat him properly, and his heart is no more with them, why no more captain? strauss,cook, broad all can why not kp? in football terry given many chance why not kp? and england did drop him from oneday squad too now he made back to back century an drop him self. its all england man management, and we miss u kp please come back we need you.

Posted by yorkslanka on (May 31, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

KP apparently didnt want to quit T20 but it stated on the radio today that the ECB contract doesnt differntiate between 20/50 over cricket and so players cannot opt for one and not the other..its all or nothing..very bad for England and the wrong decision from the ECB to force the players into this stance..as for those saying he is greedy, why? dont we all want to better ourselves and earn as much money as we can for ourselves and our families?I certainly do...

Posted by immit13 on (May 31, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

First Malinga then Bret Lee and now KP! and marginally even Gilchrist and also Gayle will be next in line. GAVE UP THEIR NATIONAL JOB for IPL! who doesn't like less work and Instant cash??? Take it or not this is the only prime reason, KP is yet not even 32 and is quitting, he knows well that he willl be in demand for next 3 to 5 IPLs and thats enough... Still a very very talented player we will miss watching in ODIs and Intl T20s. CURSE IPL... it doing more of damage to cricket and its image. period

Posted by meenuraghu on (May 31, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

Team England just got boring. Viewership for ODI's will drop. KP was the only player in the England squad who made the game exciting. Glad he chose to continue with test cricket.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

Why O why KP? We all want you to see in all different colors then just white.

Posted by Aura123 on (May 31, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

Real entertainer in the world of cricket. We will miss you :( KP fans from Pakistan

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

Money talks, you can't blame KP , he is taking the aerial route like Chris Gayle. IPL ,SLPL and more PLs to come.Good luck KP.

Posted by RockyAnIndianFan on (May 31, 2012, 21:27 GMT)

Sachin should learn from Pieterson. He quit ODI to give opportunity for youngsters but Sachin is still playing for his selfis goals.

Posted by agent001 on (May 31, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

A judge asked a repeat robber why do you rob the banks all the time. He replied "that is where the money is". He could have asked any cricketer why play in IPL and not for your country ? He would have gotten the same answer.

Posted by bluetrail on (May 31, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

no lesson learnt by ECB from WICB-Gayle fiasco...utter mismanagement. ECB has to remember that crowd turns up to see guys like KP and not the administrators

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

COME ON KPs WHY? AT 31... AND @ THE ECB IF HE MAKES HIMSELF AVAILABLE FOR T20s LET HIM PLAY...PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

It's a strategic move by KP.... he realized that ODI's & T20's are no more lucrative, so he has opted to play Tests and of course, IPL!!!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

he is a Top Player...i would i say it's too early for retiring from ODI's.lets c Indian Old Cricketers they are not vacating the Space for new Generation....Bravo K.P Bravo K.P..

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

KP sacrificed short version cricket over IPL because he earns much from it comparatively for playing ODIs & T20s from England for whole year.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 20:23 GMT)

There must be something behind this sudden decision for a player who has shown his class and ability in all forms and has been at the centre stage in the recent past in the shorter versions as well.He deserves better treatment by the English Cricket authorities for his contribution to his team's success in the last few years !!!

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (May 31, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

Pietersen is the first cricketer who tried to retire from one format and make himself available for another but was forced to retire from both. ECB are revolutionary in this sense. Unfortunately, it seems that the revolution is in stupidity.

Posted by KiwiPom on (May 31, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

Excellent. He's backed real cricket. I'm picking this decision will lead to his recovering his early test career form. If he can make some money from megabucks hit & giggle cricket as well then he's found himself a good overall package.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 31, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

I feel Kevin thinks with Narine and Gayle in the WI ODI squad, that England could possibly Beat England. Barath is a failure in Test cricket..

but in ODI is is quite good, and Simmons and Pollard should also be available..

the WI ODI team can really beat England.....

As a matter of Fact, the WI should be the team to beat in 50 over and 20/20 cricket, if not for the WICB's poor man management.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

GOOD NEWS for KP supporters: If u want him to play in coloured dress hitting sixes, fours & those lovely switch hits then start supporting DD. :) He will be in action very soon in Champions League. And who knows in PPL (Pakistan's Premier League) too, you get to see him. :)

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

IPL is ruining the international cricket.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

LOL In 400 odd comments, "IPL" - the word has been used 238 times. U can love it or hate it but you can't ignore it ;) Neither can Shakib or Hafeez or Clarke :) !

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

Money (IPL) talks, not surprised at all

Posted by Mrallrounder on (May 31, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

Shame he couldn't stay for 20-20s internationals. Hopefully that could prolong his test career in busy schedule

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

Well who says that a Test match specialist cant play T20? If needed, they can play any form of the game.

Posted by frozendilemma on (May 31, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

Oh KP we will miss you and your awesome personality so much...such a player...Its still a shock to me...Good Luck in tests I guess...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

shocking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

Thats the News of the Day.... I always knew that this guy is crazy. Seems many factors (IPL, Tight Schedule, Craziness, Nick rant, ECB can't digest IPL success) are playing in this decision. I will not be surprized if changes his decision tomorrow... or may be the ECB will think twice to consider IPL before choosing when to schedule England games. This is CrAzYYY. Wow.... loving it.

Posted by Jawed_Saleem on (May 31, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

English have contracted the virus from W.I.

Posted by DaDaL0G on (May 31, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

i think he should have been retire from test cricket and should be available for limited over cricket :( will miss ya K.P

Posted by whatawicket on (May 31, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

KP a few month ago spoke about 50 overs cricket was not rocking his boat and it would not bother him if that format was ended, most i remember derided that comment. if he could i suggest he wanted to play international test and T20. england made a decision awhile back that youif you make yourselves available in both of the short forms play odi/t20. that been the case he retired from both. he wants to continue test cricket. and i guess he can play till he mid 30s. the problem could be that if he was to play test cricket as a contracted player he has to make himself to play county cricket, as england would expect him home from say the IPL and play some 4 day cricket. but which county side would take up his contract very few i suggest. unless he gives up his central contract nothing but problems i foresee. i think he should have given it more thought.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

@ Rohit thapa, include India in your list ....they have to compete with ireland and keniya to have a place in the top ten if the current form is ongoing in the foreseeable future ....lol

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

IS this any thing to do with the switch hit:p May be he got too angry!

Posted by jackiethepen on (May 31, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

It's not about the IPL. It's about the amount of cricket. KP has been unhappy for a while about playing in all formats and he wanted to give up ODIs. Why wasn't he allowed to do so? Bowlers have done that in the past to extend their careers. KP should have been allowed to play Tests and IT20. I see the hand of Flower behind this. He and KP have always been at odds. But why say T20s and ODIs are closely linked. They are not. KP is much better at T20 cricket. This is just a battle for control. It is one that should not have reached this stage. Cricket is not the about one man, whether coach or player. KP more or less won the trophy last time. It is ridiculous that he won't be in the team this year.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

England now deprived of its back bone (KP a match winner) :-( :'(

Posted by alikhan224 on (May 31, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

First of all, a very very surprising news...well anybody can guess that he has done this for IPL and to prolong his test career.but i am just wondering that if he fails during his career in the future i.e in the tests and not picked for the IPL, will he still be happy with his this decision?

Posted by swingstowin on (May 31, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

Alot to do with IPL, i think... Its sad to see him leave on dayers so soon, he was one of the best in the business!

Posted by hhillbumper on (May 31, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

oh well. Time for a new player to have a go.Just watched james Taylor massacre Hampshire bowling so anew start and all that.Kp has always been driven by the fame and ego and expect him to retire from test scene for IPL money.Bye then mate and take some ,of the rest with you

Posted by pom_don on (May 31, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Good on KP, he has quit at the top of his one day game & Taylor judging by today's innings knows there is a vacant slot in the England line up.

Posted by WTEH on (May 31, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

ho ho ho, good one KP, you showed them who's the boss. It is always money. Money is the top priority for all professional cricketers. KP just showed the hard reality to the English fans.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

KP the entertainer and professional cricketer..... we miss u all in ODI and T20 format!!!!! It's too early to take such decision, KP could hav played further more time nd enjoyed the game!!!! ECB surely will miss him because england dont have player to replace him in limited over format!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

Bad luck losing good player so early

Posted by ProfessorRafelle on (May 31, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

This is just how KP is. He has a young family and the demands of international cricket takes its toll. Tests are by far the most important form of cricket in England. The public in England dont care much for ODI's & T20s. The IPL is utterly irrelevant to cricket fans in England (its hidden away on a minor TV channel, and no one really notices). This is not an excuse to have a window for IPL. Its just a player who wants a break to spend with his pop star wife and child

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

All I can say is that England team wouldn't be the same with out KP. I hope you stay part of the Test Team for a long long time. Good luck my all time favorite English player............................

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

What is wrong with a path for an athlete to start in Limited Overs Internationals and Test matches and then move to more lucrative IPL where they can earn a living or retire comfortably. IPL or any other Professional League is not going to lay out a lots of cash to any player who has not accomplish something somewhere. I don't see anything wrong in it. As a matter of fact more Professional Leagues should be encouraged without any limitations on a specific number of International Players. Let the market dictect who should play for a specific team.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (May 31, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

@Rohit Thapa, that' a bit harsh, WIndies have an OK ODI team and Ireland are ever improving. England will be a shadow of the team with KP in it.

Posted by Sobat on (May 31, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

what a sad story... we all loved o watch u man and wished u will b there for atlest next WC... just 2 young to wak away wit al d talent wit u...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

Well Guyz as a Cricket lover i feel really sad about KP decision of saying good bye to the limited over cricket. He is Far better player n limited over cricket then the longer version of cricket (test). I went in Scock when my brother SMS me in office about this news.. we Pakistani love u KP

Posted by SuperKing.Cobra on (May 31, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Bold and right move by KP!!! Who has the intrest to watch pointless one day series and a couple of 20-20's with a Test match series. Can't ICC come up with 1) INTERNATIONAL TEST MATCH LEAGUE that runs the whole year played across all the Test Playing Nations 2) A INTERNATIONAL 20-20 League 3) Reduce the one day matches and keep the ONE DAY WORLD CUP every 4 years.

Fans will have something to follow the whole year!! The current International Tour format is pointless.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (May 31, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Bizarre decision, especially as his best seems to be in the one day stuff. Can't he retire from tests instead?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

hey kp wats wrong with you mate....i m nt a bigg fan of english cricket bt surely yours....u shud rethink ur decision mate....will miss ur attacking flamboyancy in middle order...cheers & best luck for test cricket & ipl.....

Posted by ansram on (May 31, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

A t20 a day keeps a class player away,

Posted by adis26 on (May 31, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Too Early KP, wayyyyyyyyyyyy too early. I would have thought you would be around till 2015 WC.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

Really Heart Breaking News For The Cricket Lovers!! Immense Talent, Great Skills!! You're Master KP!! Really Cricket Will Miss You a Lot!! The Shocked News Of The Decade!! As a Srilankan I Need KP Back In Limited Overs!! Pleaseeeeeeeee

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

wow shocking news.. England depends a lot on Pieterson in limited overs.. now they will struggle for sure..

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (May 31, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

Pietersen's going to quit all ODI cricket to focus on tests? Good for him. He'll just keep averaging 50+ @no.4 for England for a lot more years to come. He's also set a first, a unique precedent amongst champion IPL players, and reversed what the likes of Gayle have done. A good, principled decision, well done KP.

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (May 31, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

So people retire from tests or ODIs or T20s but never from IPL! Apparently KP has no issues with gruelling schedule/travel of IPL but doesnt think his body takes the load of ODIs and T20s sprinkled (by IPL scheduling standards). Though I am an Indian I am waiting for the day this IPL dies. I love simple cricket world where the focus is on the skills and strategies, not on the money.

Posted by loki897 on (May 31, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Kevin Pietersen should continue playing T20s and Test.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (May 31, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAH !!! Good one KP !! meaningless international games have gotten the better of you my dear chap. Don't worry. The Delhi Daredevils will always have you in their family. Kudos to you !!! Unfortunately, we in India don't understand the meaning of 'retirement'. We have got 'legends' who will continue to play till the end of the world. At least you have taught everyone a valuable lesson. Health and financial well being is the motto of the modern cricketer. God bless you and God bless the IPL !!!

Posted by 777aditya on (May 31, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

this is a joke, right?! KP is what, 32? Look at apunka Sachin who by all means will be available for next World Cup also (according to sources, Sachin plans to play at least 100 ODIs along side his son, Arjun)!

Posted by AKS286 on (May 31, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

he has to take retirement from test not in odi & t20. omg what a shocking news.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

A Shocker..... at least KP should consider Playing t20 international.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

oh...no one expected this...The way this is going, seems only test and T20s can survive!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

Let me remind you all IPL has nothing to do with it. Every foreign player has to take NOC from his respective board to take part in IPL. Don't show your hatred for BCCI / India or IPL. Had it been related to playing IPL, KP would have retired from Tests not ODIS & T-20s. Its shorter format's performance that takes player to IPL not Test's.

Posted by eZoha on (May 31, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

Another casualty of IPL ...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

If the is no Kevin P in the team,England will look like Zimbabwe

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

This is a very sad news....Pietersen's a wonderful and a dangerous player in all 3 formats of cricket. He's some1 who can change the course of the game at any point of time. Such a big asset to any team in the world. He should rethink since he is still very young. All the Best Kevin will really miss you in the shorter versions of the game.

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (May 31, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

kp`s prorties r in correct place,he left ipl to play test..it is only dat ecb is unfair to kp;read -http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/current/story/566835.html;only ecb n wicb r hvng problems due to ipl bcoz dey r nt providing any window. and to critics-ban is celebrating its 20 league;eng n pak wants to start...so y nt india celebrate its ipl.........

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (May 31, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

It makes one wonder how much the IPL takes out of one. He probably looked at the 5 pointless ODI's v Aus and that was enough to send him over the edge. Well if symmetry was his aim then beginning with 3 tons v SA and ending with 2 v Pak wais fairly close. As the batsmen most bowlers would rather not bowl to, this is a good day for bowlers. If you look at Flintoff or Vaughan you realise that their bodies have reached a point of no return.It may be that KP is tryoing to put this off. Anyway the Tests are the main attraction and long may he stride that stage like the collossus he is.It all makes Alec stewart's fitness levels seem more remarkable. As for his place what about Maynard???

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Um speechless,shocked... haven't seen a champion like him hez d best in contemporary cricket but I fell itz d diff wid ECB n not d body fatigue and fitness..cricket board's must learn to undersatnd and feel der players n not ruin der career.. this IPL thing is truly ruinning cricket being time .. !! I will miss u big tym hope u iverturn ur decision..

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

IPL IPL and IPL....Nothing But IPL forced him to do this. Be ready for more such shockers!!

Posted by mayakee on (May 31, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Sachin should learn from this and step down to allow younger players to come in. It was clear in this year's IPL that Sachin's time is up.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

KP, for the player that he is, will be missed not just by ECB but also by cricket lovers all over the world. It's high time that IPL is taken seriously by cricket boards all over the world while planning their cricket calender. Whether ECB will rethink its strategy or KP will reconsider his decision (both highly unlikely), only time will tell!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Now England will linger with Bangladesh, Zimbawe and West Indies in limited over ICC rankings. Within 2-3 months they are also going to be divested from Test ranking. Pity England but i will be happy to see them down.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

What has changed? Weariness may be one factor. Perhaps the penalty imposed by the ECB only a few days ago, following Pietersen's negative comments on Twitter about Nick Knight's ability as a commentator, was also a minor catalyst; the straw of irritation that broke his resolve. tTHE REAL REASON FOR HIS RETIREMENT. dont blame the ipl he just played 5 games

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (May 31, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

What the.... What madness is this? KP was in absolute prime form, why would he do soemthing like this? He was prolific in the ODIs this year as well as the IPL

Posted by Dr.Vindaloo on (May 31, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Excellent decision in my book, effectively exploiting the IPL to prolong his test career. I couldn't care less if we never see him again in the 'blue and red' of England. Frankly, it demeaned him just as the drugdery of endless ODI cricket demeans other test greats (imagine Bradman walking out at Bhubaneswar for the 9th ODI).

Posted by emmwill on (May 31, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

This is unadulterated madness!!!! Absolutely incredible! Am I dreaming or what?

Posted by Amji1984 on (May 31, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

Oh it is the saddest news for today......as fan of cricket its really shocking and painful to know that such a legend in cricket has taken such a serious decision...A player of his class cannot be replaced as he is one of the gifted cricketers world cricket has seen as of today....I think he has to rethink about the decision as he can explore many milestones in one day format...I think ECB and his team mates should have a serious discussion with him to recheck the current decision....I think its a great loss for world cricket and it has nothing to do with IPL....KP please dont get into such a decision....Please as it will be a great Pain for all true cricket fans......

Posted by VJGS on (May 31, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

RIP to one of the greatest limited-over careers ever seen. But seriously, what was KP thinking? Is he going to play his switch-hit in Test Cricket? This is truly disappointing.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Dunno if this has been asked & answered already...how come Andrew Strauss could quit International T20 back in 2009 but was allowed to continue in the 50 over team until 2011 ? Surely KP wished to do the same but the other way round. The 50 over game needs to go frankly, T20 is the shorter format of the game now & Tests are the ultimate format. 50 overs serves no purpose, the world cups are over long & tedious. Scrap it & we have more time for tests & T20...simple.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

He left the IPL early this year to come and play tests in England, not ODIs or T20Is - I'm not sure this strategy will help him play more IPL if this year was anythig to go by.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

ohhhhhhhhhhhh peterson please take your desion back we love you and we love you on the field;;;;you have been trumendus to the success of your country and your team

Posted by jammm on (May 31, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

SAD NEWS FOR US

WHY THIS PLAYERS WILL PLAY FOR COUNTRY , WHEN THEY ARE GETTING HANDSOME PAY FROM CASH RICH IPL. I THING ECB SHOULD COME UP WITH SOME POLICY TO STOP THE PLAYERS THOSE WHO DONT WANT TO PLAY FOR COUNTRY BUT WANT TO PLAY FOR CASH RICH LEAGUES. NATIONAL CRICKET SHOULD BE THE TOP PRIORITY FOR THE PLAYER NOT THE OTHER

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (May 31, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

players retire from test cricket to pro long their short format careers but here KP just retired from short format of the game and make me thinking. IPL seems like so important for him that he lose interest in playing international cricket. Stupid decision in a long time.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

peterson should follow tendulker,play till the age of 50,may be 60

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

bad decision as england have been builting a team around him and now they need a new formala

Posted by yoogi on (May 31, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Let us remember that he went under the knife for some problems related to stomach pain. Its not an ideal choice, to continue play test over ODI & T20, but it might be a smart choice, gieven that Tests from now on will be far and few, yet give hime some international attention every now and then..

Posted by ILaughAtThee on (May 31, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

I guess folks are jumping the gun in blaming IPL for this. If you look back, Pieterson was at the receiving end of ECB wrt T20. He made a lot of noise about being dropped from the team. He is just playing with the ECB. Hurt ego, nothing else!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

what is this shocking decision KP i thought u will retire in international cricket in the age of 38 to 40.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

strange.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

All are living for money.... KP is not exception

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Couldn't care less about T20 'title'. Well done KP, hope this lengthens and improves his test career!!

Posted by loki_rockz on (May 31, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

After hearing the news feeling bad yar.. Wat ECB board members are doing.. they cud stop him n convinced ..england lost the one extraordinary player .. we miss dem y cant they understand at least team members ... very baddddd ...... we miss al ur cricketing shots switch hits n ll ...........

Posted by ausaff on (May 31, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

veryy saddd............y????

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 31, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

Test and 20/20 are the future...... 50 over ODI's will die ...

It begins ..........

20/20 makes the money... and is less demanding than 50 over ODI ....

the developing nations should continue to play 50 over ODI as it develops the skill to construct an innings and teaches you to bat for the situation...

Posted by bharath74 on (May 31, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Too much Cricket being played at the moment, KP did the right thing.

Posted by lakshitha.jayakody on (May 31, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

IPL WILL DESTROY CRICKET!!!! That's for sure. By the way, KP is only 31....not 41. If he would have made this decision after 2015 world cup, that's 100% OK. I'm thoroughly disappointed with his decision.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

This is the effects of IPL. Governing body of IPL should have to work with ICC for space in international schedule for the Tournament. Otherwise International players will keep retiring in the same manner. I am shocked on his decision that KP decided to retire from T20 AND ODI's.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

Another victum of IPL. jyse Rider still waiting for the right moment to quit his International career. Not a healthy sign for Cricket.

Posted by Alexk400 on (May 31, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Meaningless ODIs T20s who makes money. BOARDS. Player makes no money playing in official matches. Test match atleast test your techniques. IPL player makes money - agent fees.

Posted by Mycroft on (May 31, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

A thoroughly graceless and selfishly timed retirement from a thoroughly selfish individual. Go and fill your wallet in the baseless IPL and stop stealing the strike from your team mates in Tests.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

KP is a smart man..make millions in the IPL..please traditionalists by playing test cricket and stay fit by cutting out meaningless ODI and T20I matches.

Posted by keshav021 on (May 31, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

People stop blaming IPL or BCCI for everything..ECB ignored him for the ODI series against India in England and its payback time. He is ready to play in World T20 but ECB rules doesn't allow him to play. We all will miss his action for sure... ECB change your rules and pick him for world T20.

Posted by Romenevans on (May 31, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

To all those taking about he chose money over national duties. Do you have any idea how this cruel world works in reality? It is easy to type these comments on your computer or phones that he should do that and this. Everybody needs money. Can you stop you business and watch cricket day in day out without worrying about money or your business? Bah! Give those cricketers a life folks....its their and they have the right to choose. Good decision KP, and better quit Test cricket too as soon as possible, because its boring and fans are tired of it.

Posted by isot on (May 31, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

@Prized-Ass : I do not understand how not having a window for IPL is the BCCI's fault. Nobody stopped the other boards from having a window. It was their choice to ignore the IPL and some of them are paying the price for this impractical decision.

Posted by vrn59 on (May 31, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Very sad! Kevin Pietersen is one of the few English batsmen that can entertain the crowds as well as score runs. One of my favorite batsmen! A big loss to the English limited-overs sides!

Posted by Stark62 on (May 31, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

I think he should have retired from Test cricket instead and possibly ODI's because he will struggle in the longer version with his age catching up.

Also, CAN PEOPLE CALM DOWN; it's not like Tendulkar has retired!!

Posted by Viru219 on (May 31, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

Unbelievable....not good for the game. He is very talented role-model of modern cricket and he is just 31, short-format cricket would loose its charm for not seeing such legends in COLOURS. There are some greedy guys out there who play just fpr records and never realize they are REALLY-OLD. Anyways, as a great admirer of KP I do respect his decision and wish him good luck...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

Why do I immediately assume that the real reason for Pietersen's retirement from ODIs is so that he can line up a nice, juicy deal to play in the Big Bash?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

SportsCenter-BD: I somewhat agree with you. But then almost all Cricketing nations have (about to have) their T20 league. Shouldn't they be shut down too ? Ohh ! and everyone saw how BD fans made it an issue whenever Shakib didn't get a slot in KKR's playing XI. If IPL is itching you guys so much, why don't you oppose your countrymen (Tamim and Shakib) first to boycott IPL completely. Who knows one day even Tamim and Shakib take retirement from BD Test or ODI format. I bet you won't, Neither will they both. And FYI, every foreign player who looks to play in IPL is bound to get NOC from his respective board. If IPL is the culprit, so are all the boards and fans (including you and me too).

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

this is unfortunate...a match winner leaves international arena in limited over game not good for ecb

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

KP is best in T20 even in recent days for England. He should play T20 for England. However he should not play ODIs. He is really best in TEST matches.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (May 31, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Cricketers that do not play limited overs for their countries,should not be given permission by their cricket boards to play in domestic tournaments apart from their own cricket board's tournaments.

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (May 31, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

the pperfect schedule would be: Abolish all triseries of odis because there is no context.

Also when a team tours a country every format should be played in a balance: There shouldnt be a case of :Australia touring India later this year for only tests or australia touring england only for odis in june:

3 tests 3 odis and 3 t20s is the perfect blend Also bilateral series offers a chance to witness man to man rivalries.And all 3 formats ensures a complete enjoyment. tri Series is about just net run rates and bonus points and nobody remembers them later on

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

a great player is gone from one dayers will definitely miss the switch hits b ut was a great character against india

Posted by hagwilson on (May 31, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

This is a shocker.....hmmmm did not see it coming. Good luck to him. More money to be made in the IPL in a much shorter time.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

*Shocking* Man, u can't do that. Being an Indian fan, I was looking forward to your knocks in WC T20. I'm one of your passionate fans. Why all of a a sudden ? Have heard people retiring from Tests as their body doesn't allow. But what's wrong with you ? Retiring from ODIs and T-20s ? Doesn't make sense to me. Wonder how the Eng team would look like without KP. Shocking decision really !!

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (May 31, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

Absolutely shocked:

In the odi series against pakistan it seemed as if he was finding his feet as an opener just like Tendulkar and Mark Waugh.

Cannot understand the ecb's policy about playing either t20s and odis or not playing either. Surely England and cricket will be the losers if he doesnt play the t20 world cup

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Unbelievable, just can't believe it... He is limited over specialist player and he is retiring from this format. !!!

Posted by MAK123 on (May 31, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Sure he has not been asked to resign? Please dig deep and report again :-))

Posted by montys_muse on (May 31, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

lol...ipl is again being blamed for kp's retirement!! i think ppl need to read the article before commenting. also, kp left ipl to play tests!!!!! he has always said tht he finds odis very boring and with ecb policy not working in his favor, he had to quit....i think the ball is in the ecb's court now...

Posted by Perera32 on (May 31, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

What !!!!!, Did not expect that

Posted by Wefinishthis on (May 31, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

It's time to downgrade the relevance of ODI's into a 2nd tier tournament. T20 has become everything ODI's should have always been, and that is batsmen swinging at everything with the game being over within a few hours. Nobody cares about meaningless 7 game bilateral ODI series. The poor crowds and the comments from the players prove that. The future must be about test cricket keeping its traditions with more T20 international mini-tournaments being scheduled around the IPL. ODI's are just a waste of time now, they should be used as warm up games for teams before a T20 series and since T20 is such a lottery, getting some teams like Ireland and Canada etc touring would be great since they'd be in with a chance as well.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

I'd be happy to see ODI's die a quiet death, a yearly IPL tournament and international T20 for those that prefer that sort of stuff, and test cricket to remain as is.

Not really a drama as far as I am concerned. KP knows what form of cricket he would prefer to stick with and I'm sure most Test players will think about taking this same choice.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

why are people blaming IPL for this...... for every thing whichever happens in cricketing world deosnt necessarily becoz of IPL...... he has clearly stated that he wants young generation to step up and take the charge .... at 32 he is not that old to say so but that is his take......he has been a wonderful cricketer and has been one of greats of england..... he has chosen test matches over ODIs which is enough to speak about his class.... IPL has not forced anyone to leave his nation behind and none of the players are doing this..... gayle had some other issues other than ipl..... IPL has given lights to som many local indian and international players...... shaun marsh, du plessis, dirk nannes etc have gained a lot from ipl...you cant simply blame IPL coz it has gained more popularity than any other local cricket tournament..... nevertheless Its about KP so i wish KP all the very best for his test career and wish to see him playing for another 7-8 years..... and sachin tendulkar grrrrr

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

For those of us who believe that Test Cricket is the only true form of the game this is no bad thing. ODIs and T20s have only ever been a sideshow for England fans.

Posted by borhans on (May 31, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

So after Srilanka now IPL take another player from England .ICC should ban those player in IPL who are getting retirement from one format but continue to play other .These domestic leagues are not proper cricket these are all money making gamble ..IF any league threaten players full time career like IPL is doing then ICC have to decide whether they should allow IPL to take those players who choose early retirement for no reason

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

It is high time ICC decide to create a window for IPL. Though it is a domestic tournament, the quality is high as evidenced in this season. If IPL has to go, then ban international T20s. Why just IPL?

Posted by spickandspan on (May 31, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

I do enjoy how so many people seem to be bringing the IPL into this, why did KP leave the IPL early this year? To play Test cricket.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (May 31, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

well done kp.i'm happy that u r atleast giving importance to true form of cricket that is test cricket.surely the world will miss the flair of kp in odi's and t20's.ECB treated kp badly he was always questioned by the english media of his involvement in cricket.i'm sure in coming years many top players will retire from limited overs cricket to make themselves available for ipl.

Posted by RandyOZ on (May 31, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

To be honest I am quite surprised, but good on you KP. I always thought you were a mercenary but maybe I was wrong afterall. At least there is another South African in Kieswetter to replace you though.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

A massive pity. I think after the Moores affair the ECB would like to see the back of KP completely and they still bear a grudge hence the lack of flexibility. I can see a number of other England players quitting ODI and international T20 in the not too distant future. Swann will be next but he'll wait until after the World T20. KP will quit test cricket after next summers ashes and become a T20 mercenary.

Posted by Long-Leg on (May 31, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

What this proves I think, is that KP values test cricket above all else. Here is a man who has his priorities right. Good for you Kevin!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

He wanted to lead the odi side and desrvingly so! and people talk of ipl window but they dont talk of shortening the ipl to adjust it in shedule! ipl will have to compromise on some money with matches reduced which organisers are not ready to do!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

cmmon KP man what are u doing ..atleast play t20s...already cricket is deprived of some great talent..cant afford to lose u

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

For all those who are whining here about KP choosing IPL over intl t20..i presume you have all completed formal education (of any kind) and are engaged in any profession to make a living.You are drawing XXX monthly for this many hours and this many effort.You come to know about a company which pays 10xxxx for less effort and labour and even added fun(i dont support it,but thats a fact)Wouldnt you aplly for a chance in the 2nd comp..ofcourse u would!!!!but chances of getting hired are ......!!!!thats all KP has done..please keep quiet and dont be so jealous..after all we shouldnt throw stones at ourselves

Posted by StevieS on (May 31, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

People surprised that a traitor to his country would make this decision.

Posted by ProdigyA on (May 31, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

@nutcutlet - Just LOL when u say Test is best of England. What happened to the crowd and following and history and prestige when England was getting spanked left right and center from everybody including BD. Just suddenly England defeats Aus for once after being annihilated time and again, Test is all about prestige. Dont worry one or two more years of annihilation again then you will be back to where you were. As for the IPL, as they say in India, pls wait in the line.

Posted by Provost on (May 31, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

ICC should create one more WPL (World Premier league) then, the winner of IPL and WPL should meet for a grand finale (best of 3 or 5 finals).....There should NOT be any country affiliation and players should be allowed to play whatever league/team they like (paying them well). 10 teams on each side so that 20 world cities can have their own team.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

kp retires a sad news.i hoped he cud hav continued odis and t20s and instead retire frm testes.sad news but his decision to not to play.and he says he gives chances to young players which helps them for 2015 world cup.well said by him i hope he continues well in tests.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

No surprise here, KP is no different to CG as I have stated on this site before. Only last week he was saying that Chris Gayle should be playing for West Indies, because he is a world-class player. I guess KP ndont consider himself world-class, but would be willing to take IPL money just as CG did. Shame on u KP.

Posted by njr1330 on (May 31, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

The ECB, ICC etc. cannot keep piling on more and more fixtures and then complain when somebody says: 'Enough'!

Posted by Provost on (May 31, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

will not be surprised if these players take Indian citizenship.... the goal is IPL and Indian Citizenship will help circumventing the 4 player limit....... Go IPL...............

Posted by vaidyar on (May 31, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

Writing's on the wall eh? Time to think about meaningless 7 match ODI series and international T20 matches. Keep tests to series, cut ODIs to only trilateral or ICC events. Something like australasia cups and Eng-Ireland-SAF-Zim-WI ones, the World Series in Australia also intrudes on the BBL. Let countries play bilateral ODIs closer to the WC to get into the mode. T20 leagues are anyway preparing players for ODIs and the way teams go after targets in ODIs these days has itself changed after T20.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

Its certainly a great loss to modern day ODI cricket....but KP has yet again proven his toughness and character of a REAL MAN by opting to play only the traditional and the most challenging format of the game...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

Shame for cricket !!!! We wil missl u....

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

KP will be missed, I hope he continues switch-hitting in Tests ! Maybe if players all around the world start being choosy about the format they play, cricket boards would think less about making money and more about players.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

Shocking decision. But, I think he is right. Everyone have right to speak the truth. Boards are so rude to players...

Posted by Barkers on (May 31, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Loyalty is more than a three lion tattoo. There must be a huge gap between full England contracts & the IPL otherwise this wouldnt happen. He seems to have been after the glitz & glamour rather than being an International cricketer so this will give him the freedom to be the Rockstar he wants to be

Posted by Provost on (May 31, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Preparing for IPL..... Don't waste time on ICC....come to IPL and make money

Posted by richardror on (May 31, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Potentially a good decision by Pietersen to add some life to his test career, however if he still wants to go to the IPL he will be universally hated by the English cricket fans. The ECB who hold his central contract should ban him from going.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Crazy cricketer.. He is such as wonderful player to watch.. Very sad for England cricket.

Posted by dickiebrewsters on (May 31, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

Bit dissappointed with decision, but nothing particularly wrong with it. Englands itinery is absolutely crazy, he has played 127 ODS's, 36 t20's & 85 tests in 7 years, missing just 5 (2 v Bangladesh & 3 out injured agains Australia), I would like to see the longest break from international cricket he has had in that period (including travel, warm up games etc). As long as hunger for Tests remains, will break many records. Hard to believe anyone in England will be truly up for every one of the 13 ODI's schedule this summer.

Posted by Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on (May 31, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

not surprising coming from a player who migrated to ENgland and not representing SA. It always looked like IPL is his top prioroty so once he cant get away from all International cricket, so one step at a time. First ODIS/T20s then Test. IPL is the real cricket to him

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (May 31, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

Whoa... where did this come from? As far as I can remember, KP has shown some really good performances in T20s & ODIs this year against Pakistan. So I wasn't expecting to hear anything like this until tht 2015 World Cup. Damn the IPL

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

This decision should not have been taken by him at this time just before the World T20 as he a key player for England in defending their title. But KP has decided it. All Cricket Lovers will be extremely disappointed with this decision as he is one of the best players to watch. But KP has contributed a lot to England as a Batsman and I would want to salute this great player for his contributions to England Cricket. TAKE A BOW KP. Everyone will miss you and your batting in future. Your retirement has left a big hole to be filled in the England team.

Posted by Pablo123 on (May 31, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Crazy. It doesn't even feel as though he has begun, his career is still an infant. Tests and IPL, this is what the stupid game of IPL has done to cricket. The greats warned this would happen, it has begun. If the rot does not stop now, you could see an end to great ODI and Test cricket. Very sad day. ECB should be making a plan to keep him. Who says there aren't already other players feeling the exact same way. Bold move Mr. Pieterson, but I feel you have started a ball rolling.... watch.

Posted by Riderstorm on (May 31, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

The ball is back in the court of the cricket boards to make some hard decisions over the scheduling of int'l cricket focussing more on quality rather than the quantity of cricket. Nobody has paid any heed to the cries of the cricketers over the grueling schedules. With options open, cricketers will make such logical choices. Thank goodness, KP valued Test cricket more...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

@IronCobra.. how can he? He is a British Citizen?!

Posted by Prized-Ass on (May 31, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Looks like the IPL has helped to claim another one ... It won`t be until India stops being so selfish & works with the ICC to make a month`s WINDOW for the IPL to run Where ALL PLAYERS can be included to be bought + play & after it`s finished they all can go back to there respected Countries & continue to play to true formats of the game at full strength . Otherwise World cricket will continue to go backwards , losing more & more high rated players who have`nt yet finished reaching or playing there full protential out ..

Posted by Breaking_Point on (May 31, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

What have u done Kp?so u will play IPL instead of international t20,Odi.....it's a clear warning to everyone...Kp is too good a player to retire now...so who's to blame? I guess we all know that....very sad.....he is(was) an asset to cricket world but now he is an asset to IPL!!(after 2012,when the contract expires,ECB won't give him any contract,because of his sudden decision,i think)

Posted by venkatesh018 on (May 31, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

BCCI and other Boards better see the writing on the wall...THIS IS WHAT CURRENT CRICKETERS THINK OF MEANINGLESS BILATERAL 5 AND 7 MATCH ODI SERIES...These Odis neither have any prestige or tradition associated with it or they pay well like T20. Shane Warne called it a long time age...Test matches and T20s are the way forward. The lesser the no. of ODIs the national teams play the better it will be(preferably in 4 nation or 5 nation tournaments held once a year).

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

The most exciting player to watch after Viv Richards .....In his current form, he could take England to the world cup. Should be allowed to come back to ODI just for the World Cup ...

Posted by teamxxx on (May 31, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

this is what we can say thE effects of IPL.The players now thinking about money rather than their National sides,and it is a real shame for ICC that such a big name is not playing ICC world T20.but readily available for the next IPL assignment.some ppl say that ICC should have window for IPL in FTP.but y ,i mean, it is a domestic tournament.and it is nothing to do with a window in ICC's future tour program.and i m sure that Team Engliand will suffer a great deal in World T20 in SL.well in the end i will say that ICC management is totally flop in managing all these issues...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Shocked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Riderstorm on (May 31, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

KP has shown a direction to all the cricketers giving test cricket the value it deserves focussing on it alone. He has shown responsibility towards his family and his body to sustain himself to earn little money through T20 leagues as int'l limited over games are more or less meaningless and straining on the players(except ICC events and big series). Perfect decision.

Posted by OT12 on (May 31, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

Well the guy was suppose to play World T20 cup and help England defend the title, I think there is no harm in picking and choosing what and how you want to play but he should have considered time till the world cup T20, rest I' m sure many cricketers will do the same as this gives them freedom to play for limited amount of time and make same amount of money as they would have done while playing for country. There are 2 options for ICC now either they force all cricket boards to increase salary of players as in like match it with there worth to any franchise or just leave it the way it is so that all the best players in the world leaves international cricket and play franchise cricket, I see a very dark future of International cricket, again not to blame IPL because if it was not IPL it would have been something else, the point is as a sportsmen you have a very limited time to make most of your playing days so use it in the right path.

Posted by BigDataIsAHoax on (May 31, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

That's great. He could still play ODIs and T20s for South Africa though.

Posted by Tiptop32 on (May 31, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Why not retire from Tests as well and go as free lance player? Money spoiled a wonderful career.....

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (May 31, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

Whaaat!....No this has to be joke ..KP is pulling a prank on everyone. He is too good to retire from any form of cricket......IPL what have u DONE?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

Would blame IPL for this..World class players like GAYLE are not able to represent their country because of this IPL..,Will miss KP a lot

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

IPL is good fun but it also puts a lot of pressure on a player and the money that they make, makes them even more greedy for more, all players need to take care of them but they must extend their full to their country,why do we still talk about players like Bradman, Sobers & many other greats? Cricket is a gentlemen's sport and they players need to keep it likewise in every sense

Posted by coolindianfan on (May 31, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Sankar181182 r u kidding he is just 31 he will stil be in top form by 2015 infact that would have been an ideal opportunity to retire . Sachin said "my critics dint teach me my critics" all critics kept numb that says it all

Posted by Nutcutlet on (May 31, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

48 one-line responses here as I throw in my tuppence - nearly all from Aghast of India! Why are there so many open mouths? KP has cherry-picked: IPL is a no-brainer; ridiculously easy money can be earned as a mercenary. Test cricket for England is for prestige & his place in the history of the game. Thus he has chosen the best of both worlds! ODIs and International T20s do not give you cricketing immortality, nor do they make you a legend (not in my library) - and they are played to a frazzle to keep the international calendar financially viable & for no other good reason. KP is home-loving and is a family man. He puts them first, naturally. He can provide amply by making the choices that he has made. Whether England will see his decision favourably, I somehow doubt. A central contract may not be available to him at its next review. It would seem to me that this is a phased withdrawl. After another couple of years it will just be the IPL. Then what? Commentary? Ghosted journalism?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

is he having an early midlife crisis lol

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

y kp ur truely a gud player in all formats of the game

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (May 31, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

Its a warning signal to all the boards. Too much cricket for filling your pockets not even realizing how a player is suffering. Players are suffering mentally and physically by excess cricket. Boards like BCCI, ECB, CA should realise this before their players give them a shock like this by giving retirement. Today KP,may be tomorrow MSD...and if you ppl in boards wont change then we will loose some of the fine entertainers of cricket. Change yourselves or kill cricket, make choice cricket boards..

Posted by 2929paul on (May 31, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

@Harvey I'm sure if the ECB cared that much about retaining KP for the T20 World Cup they would have been able to negotiate a way to keep him on e.g. saying they are "resting" him for the ODIs because of some non-existent injury then bringing him back for the T20s. I think the ECB are happy to finally have the opportunity to move on and bring in new young players without being afraid to drop KP. Of course the team will be weaker in both formats without him but nothing lasts forever. Except Sachin Tendulkar, allegedly.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

He is one of the greats...he will be missed.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

It's really amazing that he quits limited over international cricket but not the limited overs private (IPL) cricket. Its sad to see a great player taking decision like this!!!!!!

Posted by Provost on (May 31, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

Preparing for IPL..... Don't waste time on ICC....come to IPL and make money

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

strong message to indian players...

Posted by brittop on (May 31, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

Well done to KP for choosing the right format to keep playing for England.

Posted by horrorlife on (May 31, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

KP, What.Are.You.Doing IPL is just REMOVING CLASS PLAYERS from international. This means KP is gonna haft

Posted by Truemans_Ghost on (May 31, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

@DrTchock,very elegantly put

Posted by Mustapha8220 on (May 31, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Thats stupid! Players retire from test cricket caz of 5 days of hard working, but this guy for the sake of money (IPL) ruined everything!

Posted by horrorlife on (May 31, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

ALLROUNDCRICKET: Although this will help keep Egland's' position in tests what wil happen t t20's

Posted by Eskay13 on (May 31, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

@ those comparing KP's and CG's priorities in life, keep in mind that KP has not ruled himself out of IPL... sooner or later everyone will be pushing for an IPL window... those resisting, e.g. ECB (their short summer season notwithstanding), will stand out as unreasonably stubborn, inflexible and insensitive to all matters other than the highly decorated English legacy of cricket. Come that time, I have no doubt CG would be happy to agree to a Test + IPL itenerary as well (as DrTchock rightly points out, KP wasn't "daft" to fashion such a scenario.

Its also worth considering the fact that life isn't always black and white. Giving up the IPL to play for England is not the same as giving up the IPL and playing for the West Indies. Try looking at other factors that influence these players' decisions... faulting their "priorities" is an easy and lazy route.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (May 31, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Is this a Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi-style windup or what? What a shocker! As you can usually tell from my posts, I'm a big test fan and agree that this should be the no. 1 priority... But I still like ODI's and T20's in small doses and played well and seriously. Me thinks there are too many cheques coming KP's way from other franchises, with a few more numbers on them that what ECB will ever offer. Oh well, England's loss unfortunately. Less of your 'jealousy' statements though please KP - this was your own choice in the end.

Posted by horrorlife on (May 31, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

SAD!!! We'll miss u KP but right decision. He will get money from IPL ang Test for his legacy SAy what u want but he's not daft

Posted by Sankar181182 on (May 31, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

"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" says KP.. That's a great gesture...Guess Sachin must have heard the news..

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

YES, we know you re one of the ATTACkING batsman in Cricket,it doesn't mean that you have to RETIRE quickly as quick as you hit A SWITCH HIT.................TO HANG NERVE the bowler............I'm more nervous than these bowlers who had been hit SWITCHLYy by yOu(BIG mAn)

Posted by ALLROUNDCRICKET on (May 31, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

Good on KP. TEST Cricket is the Only Cricket - ODIs and Twenty20s are Gimmicks. This will ensure that England remain the TOP TEST Team

Posted by krajesh10 on (May 31, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

plz KP come back cricket will not be the same for me without you................

Posted by getsetgopk on (May 31, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

KP, Gayle, Vitori, Ryder, Bravo, Malinga, Pollard, the list is growing, they all get international recognition from the opportunity provided by their respective countries but when the country needs them they just ditch it for what? yeah IPL. England would do well to ditch him in all formats, he doesn't deserve to be playing for England anymore.

Posted by PakiPassion on (May 31, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

He us Only 31yrs old should have played atleast another 3 years anyway thsts englands t20 defence gone out the window lol

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

And couple of years left in Test too. Why he lacks longativity? Because no one is like Sachin Tendulkar's calibre.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

This is Sunil Narine effect :P..

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Purely financial decision, IPL making player retire early and get rid of national duties. Good for him.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Oh wow.....Can't believe what I'm reading.

I guess this is the effect of having too many t20 leagues around the world.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (May 31, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

the reason is simple . he wants to participate in different t 20 leagues across the world .

Posted by Chris_Howard on (May 31, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Well done, KP. I think this is good and indication of things to come. More and more we will see players come up thru T20, and ODI before maturing into Test cricket (e.g Dave Warner). And then, like Petersen (and he's not the first), they'll drop the short form to extend their Test careers. And after they'll play a couple of years in the IPL. It's a nice career trajectory for a young kid playing cricket. Just like T20 didn't kill off spinners (quite the opposite), T20 is helping players build up to Tests, then give them something in the twilight of their careers as well. Do we really *need* ODIs still?? Sure they provide their own entertainment, but do we *need* them? Getting rid of them would open up the cricket calendar a lot.

Posted by andrewstrausssmassiveforearms on (May 31, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

thank god he got it the right way around - giving up meaningless one day internationals to concentrate on test cricket. hopefully this will prolong his test career for a good few more years. well done KP for a decision that is great for english cricket in the long-run. perhaps others such as gayle and malinga can take a lesson from this.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

hell why KP?? you r the best in the business and you are quiting??

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Ravi shastri must have been his inspiration. :D

Posted by nathangonmad on (May 31, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Moronic! KP is our best one day batter! And he'd just found form again in the format! Argh! This is VERY annoying!

Posted by Harvey on (May 31, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Stupid from the ECB. It's a situation they've brought on themselves. Why shouldn't he be allowed to play only Tests and T20, while skipping ODIs? He's been forced into this decision by the ridiculous number of ODIs being organised by the ECB. I'm sure he hopes the ECB will relent so he can play in the World T20, but if they don't (and they're unlikely to), he probably won't lose much sleep. T20 doesn't have the status in England that it does in the subcontinent. In fact most people in England don't even know that England are world champions in the format.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

the problem is too much much international cricket happening and as a consequence players such as Shane Warne were retiring from limited overs cricket in order to prolong their test career. When T20 came along it was just added to the schedule. Nothing else was compromised to make way for it. International cricket should be a novelty, just like in soccer and rugby. That way domestic cricket will draw more attention towards it too. Cricketers know that their careers are limited by age and will try to make as much money while they can. However it doesnt surprise me that KP was the first. He was always about the money, which is why he left South Africa in the first place to go to England - it was a money grab. Now comes T20 and he leaves Englands domestic scene. Another money grab. ECB should consider increasing the player contracts of people that play all 3 formats and should allow KP to play T20 and give up ODI

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

for real!!?? I think he is more of a one day specialist than test he should have reconsidered it before taking the final decision, his temperament is more suited for limited over cricket... although I wish him best of luck!

Posted by zdrgn on (May 31, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

there are some world class players who are older than KP and perform well at all three international levels. what is his problem? why some guys say that international odi and t20's are useless. if he is too tired then why he does not retire from IPL?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

This is crazy. I am a Pakistani and his last 2 knocks came against us. But this decision has saddened me. Shocker for World Cricket.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (May 31, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

IPL 1 - 0 ECB.....................................................!

Posted by crickethung on (May 31, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

This has nothing to do with loyalty to country or greed for money as some comments insinuate. This is a failure by Boards like the WICB and ECB to understand the changes taking place in the cricket world and their selfish unwillingness to change and to give consideration to the players. A player who is playing one day format games apart from their territory will even make them better. What is The problem? All this crap about about who is not loyal to country! Will you pay for the player and their families when they have gone past their playing days? Good for KP willing to stand up against the establishment...

Posted by jmcilhinney on (May 31, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

I don't begrudge KP his right to make this decision but it is a shame that he chose to make it so close to the T20 WC. Also, given that England pretty much always play Test matches first, then ODIs and then T20s over the course of a tour, playing Tests and T20s wouldn't have given him any additional time at home during winter. He did say that it's more for for physical reasons than personal though. I guess he's just starting to feel his age. Not me of course, but some might say that he should start acting it too ;-) Anyway, England have a number of young batsmen who are pretty much ready for limited-overs duty but maybe not for Test duty, so this will provide some more opportunities for them to cut their teeth at international level.

Posted by punter18 on (May 31, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

This is shocking. Can I say IPL played a hand in this decision of Pietersen, or am I being obtuse. Or does it count under the header of people "complaining about stomach upset" and blaming IPL for it, as Mr. Ravi Shastri said few days ago?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

ohhhhh.....man what a bad decision took by him

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

.....................................................I'm shocked.......................................

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

sensible decision. Too many meaningless ODI and t20 internationals. He will still play sufficient cricket throughout the year. IPL and Eng season will leave him wanting rest, which he can get by skipping ODI's and t20 internationals during Eng season. Leaves him to hone his skills and relax during other time. Flip side is, he has no chance to hold test place through ODI batting like he did in abu dhabi.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

bizarre decision, what on earth is he thinking?? he played so well in the ipl, i just dont understand it

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

This type of announcement has become a common thing...i am sure within a few months he'll be back...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

We Will Miss U KP...:( he was Amazing As Player for ENGLAND... We MISS u Kp...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

There must be something unusual!!

Posted by YogifromNY on (May 31, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Sensible decision. Test cricket is the real cricket. And IPL will add to his retirement kitty. Cannot blame cricketers for wanting to look after their pocketbook (remember, most cricketers have only 10 to 15 year earning windows as players in their entire life time, not the 40 years that most of us have in our careers)! It is time ODIs were drastically reduced - they are the most meaningless matches in today's context anyway. Boards only make players play them due to TV constraints.

Posted by Selassie-I on (May 31, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Fair play to KP, he's been great for us. Although again I am a little angry with the ECB as he should be allowed to play in the T20 WC this year as he's one of the best t20 batsmen in the world and we'll miss him big time.. but another example of the ECB being stubborn to the detriment of the game. he probably just didn't want to play a load of pointless, cash cow, odis against the aussies. Hopefully this will shut up all the KP haters a little bit now beacuse he can't be selected, but i'm sure they'll be there to stick the knife in at the first opportunity when he doesnt get a score ina test.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

in my openion england should not respect him ,his game or thr something big thing happening.......kevin vs ECB .m sure abt thrs something happen .KP plz plz plz come back we <3 u ,ur game ......plzzzzzzzzzzz straus,andy,ECB bring him back .thanks

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

Another good player lost to IPL. I am sure the objective of IPL or other domestic leagues like this is not to affect international cricket ...this matter demands some attention now.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

really bad decision. he is such a wonderful cricketer. at least should have continued playing odi's till next ICC 50 overs world cup

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

What? Why is Pieterson doing this right before the world T20? I don't really understand why the ODI and T20 selection are linked like they are but this is a body blow for England's chances in the T20 world cup.

Posted by 1st_april on (May 31, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Good decisions...ODIs have become insignificant...thats the truth....Tests are skill...T20 is luck....ODIs fit neither...hence its the most likely format to demise from the game...

Posted by WindiesKing on (May 31, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Also folks, remember Pietersen is not quitting ALL T20s. His motive for retiring is to concentrate on the very lucrative IPL T20 games. He has no time or energy for the less impactful T20s, ODIs, etc.

IPL T20s are the way to go for these impact players and effective all-rounders. Don't hate, people, just appreciate. Ok.

Posted by Partyman on (May 31, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

If you take the emotion out of it, it is a fairly logical decision. Too much meaning cricket is played these days. To start with, why the 5 ODIs against Australia this summer? He is not going to play any more IPL because of this, as his stint over there will always be cut short by England test commitments as test matches always precede one dayers during the course of the English summer. Does this mean that he will appear a lot more for Surrey in the domestic season? It is interesting to note that it is only the internationals that he has renegaded on. We might see him a lot more in domestic LO tournaments elsewhere - Australia and South Africa to start with.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Smart move...He knows that now he can play almost full IPl...If he would have retired from ODI/T20 3 months ago he would have been part of IPL play offs and the results for Delhi might have been different

Posted by WindiesKing on (May 31, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Good for Pietersen. Pietersen is a very good friend of Chris Gayle and it is just a matter of time before Chris joins him in this arena.

Face it, IPL is here to stay, at least for now, and these impact players will have to make a choice: IPL or International cricket.

IPL rules. The cricket boards are very upset with this but unfortunately, it's all business and financial based and this is what the fans want to see.

Posted by serious-am-i on (May 31, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

wow !!! So, we will be seeing KP playing in almost each and every country in their domestic "T20" leagues from now on or is he going to limit himself to "County, BBL and IPL alone" is to be watched closely. He was one of the finest and best destructive batsman England ever had in recent years, so England have no more until some new prodigy arrives.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

As an outsider I feel that the English players (and maybe the public in the whole) has been fed values that make them averse to hard work. All I hear from English players is that how their schedule is jam packed and how they don't get to spend time with family, while they play the least no. of matches compared to other international teams. Maybe they need to buckle up and start working harder otherwise England would be a country only remembered for its past glory.

Posted by Mann123 on (May 31, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

IPL claims another victim. Cricket lovers world over would be denied the pleasure of watching KP in colored clothes in international arena. Useless domestic games are the way to go i guess. To be fair to KP anyone in his place would do that if given a choice. Its just the start, more and more players will choose between ODI or Test and preserve them for IPL. Sad to see this.

Posted by AbhijeetC on (May 31, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

If it was announced by Sachin, it was understood...but somewhere, something seems fishy......All is not good between ECB and KP......When Strauss announced his retirement from limited overs, It seems right thing and a way forward..but this is totally insane....What is he thinking about?.......and second thing you can not rely on IPL.......few bad performances and you are out of team...now IPL is adding domestic players in auction...that will make many foreign players to drop their price unless your Chris Gayle .......

and to be honest, if players think ODI as burden, why ICC not reducing it...what's point of 5 and 7 match ODI series....In fact, ICC should scrap bilateral ODI series if they are not bringing reasonable financial gain.....

Think over it ICC....you got to sort out many things...and Window for IPL is must...

Posted by justtogood on (May 31, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

made enough cash from the IPL, so doesnt need the money - thats what i think?? its about KP only KP and KP has been always will be..... what a player and how ENG will miss him!!!!! ESPECIALLY MENTALLY

Posted by exiledtyke on (May 31, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

good. now just tell the hypocritical mercenary that he is not wanted in the test team and let him go be a footnote(*) in cricket history.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

They need to change his contract so he can play in the T20 world cup. He is by far our best player in that format and it seems ridiculous to force him to retire from that format "just because"

Posted by agent001 on (May 31, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Test and IPL, that is a excellent combination. Tendulkar does not play T20 for India yet is prominent in IPL. Fat paycheck comes first. Malinga did the same and ruled himself out of Test as a fast bowler. Other pacer are doing the same i.e. drop the five day routine and keep the IPL. Batsmen have a few more options.

Well, he could have dropped test and stayed with IPL, ODI and T20 to prolong his career (in that order).

Posted by bigwonder on (May 31, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Funny how people are saying that he is doing the right thing by focusing on real cricket (a.k.a test cricket to old schools). They are clearly not reading the article completely and are missing the IPL part that Kevin will not retire from any time soon. At the end of the day its a players choice (keep in mind this is not 1980s or 1990s) and they do have options. Also how does national duty come into play for a SA born England cricketer?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

He should've quit only ODI n stayed with both T20s n Tests. Great player commiting a slight mistake. So many fans Miss his batting in T20s.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

i can see no solid reason of him retiring.............he was playing well...and did not had any persistant injury

Posted by Simoc on (May 31, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

IPL type tournaments are the future of cricket as a popular game. Test cricket is still relevant for todays middle aged and old timers. There could be an international World Cup T20 played with-in two weeks every year or two years and probably will be in the near future. It would seem an obvious decision Pietersen has made.

Posted by aahahaa on (May 31, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

wise decision. serve your (adopted) country and earn while you can playing ipl. A cricketers career is limited unlike many other professionals'. this way he can leave his mark as well as earn a lot of money. Tendulkar should have done this long long time ago..

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

This is Unbelivable.....He is going to be missed :(

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

what d hel did he think while doing this.... he says he wants d nxt generation to take up his spot.. >.<... so bad dis is... england cnt b stabilisd witout him... england wer on top of their odis jst coz of sm players nd kevin was one of them bt nw he decides to RETIRE... dis is sick.. :X :X :( miss you kp..

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

I guess it has something to do with he playing IPL and England board...He did make some hard statements on the board not allowing England players to play IPL and scheduling their international matches during IPL. I am almost sure that this should have taken some negative effect on KP. He might retire from test cricket after 2013 Ashes. World Cricket has lost a legend in your form. I still remember how a young KP made England taste success in 2005 Ashes. All the very best for your future!!!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

We will miss you KP. You were in form of your life during this IPL.

Posted by kamarhasanansari on (May 31, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

its just coz he wanna play league game and international games come icc do some thing we want players in country's games

Posted by Philippe on (May 31, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

He deserves some 3-4 years of cricket in limited overs.. but if retires he should keep his words & should not behave like pakistani players like shahid afridi.. who every now & then declares their retirements & then keep on coming back..

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Decision like this, by players like you not good for the game of cricket.

Posted by SamAsh07 on (May 31, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

But you're just 31! What the hell!? If anyone needs to retire, it's Sachin, not you! Reconsider your decision or else England won't be able to defend their T20 Title this year.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

KP is shrewd more than we give him credit for - at least what the English press gave credit for! Tests ensure enduring legacy and IPL ensures good money. Expect more to follow this model than Gayle/Malinga model.

Posted by Just_love_it on (May 31, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Is that something to do with his playing in IPL n recent comment on England being jealous of IPL success ?I hope its his decision and not some trouble with ECB led to this.

Posted by NaveenKumarHA on (May 31, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

bad decision!!!!!!!!!!!!! No. 1 batsman in T20, second best after VIV richards in ODIs, should have played 2015 worldcup. big loss for England and world cricket..........

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

The crux of the matter is in this quoted statement......."The terms of ECB central contracts state that any player who makes themselves unavailable for either format of one-day cricket is automatically ruled out of selection for both ODIs and T20s. And Pietersen's reply......."For the record, were the selection criteria not in place, I would have readily played for England in the upcoming World Twenty20,"

The ECB need to make their central contract arrangements somewhat more flexible to accommodate the likes of Pietersen. Obviously he wants a bit of 'home time' - a break from the daily grind - and a chance to make sure that his eventual retirement is financially secure. Really sorry to see such a good player go - here's hoping he can still create a few records in the Test arena.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

M HAPPY!IPL ROX ...LOL...........................

Posted by landl47 on (May 31, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

So what happens next May, when test matches overlap with IPL? This year he played tests (good for him). Does that happen next year, or will his desire to play test cricket become secondary to his desire to make money? It seems a strange decision for a man who will still be only 34 when the next World Cup is played. I'm not sure what he's thinking, but then I've never been sure what, or even whether, KP is thinking.

Posted by bluebillion on (May 31, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Fair enough that he doesnt want to be part of a sb-standard ODI team. He is still ready to play T20 internationals for England but the ECB policy doesnt allow it - not KP's fault.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

oh what a sad news for cricket fans. He is "THE MAN" in the England team. They will miss him badly.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

How much I am going to miss him! SO much he's going to be missed!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Some in Indian team is hearing...???? Kevin Pietersen retires at the age of 32...

Posted by Just_love_it on (May 31, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

What ?? He is still 31 he can sure play few years more at least...may be something happened behind door ....I hope ECB did't do something wrong to him.He was in such a good from against Pakee bowlers in dubai.Huge lost to England.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

I'm sure a lot of ODI bowlers are going to party tonight after hearing this news. It's a shame, just as England was getting better in ODI's this happens. For him though it will increase his performance in the Test level.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Pietersen retires from England one-day cricket, what the hell wrong with HIM! We gonna miss those switch short "SIX"...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

Hopefully they'll be changing that clause in the central contract. Doesn't make sense anyway, why should you be forced to play ODI and T20. England need KP for the World T20 and as he is willing to still play T20 and Tests he should be able to.

Posted by bilbot on (May 31, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

I'm surprised. It is ODI and T20 cricket which has made KP's batting style in Test Cricket such a force, especially in England's team and it's balance.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

he needs to be there for this t20 WC...without him england games wont be as much fun!!!

Posted by Azweer on (May 31, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

Kevin!!!!!! Shocked the world!!!! Is he a Sanath Jayasuriya or A Shaun Pollock?????

Posted by Piyushd21 on (May 31, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

Thats why British media blames IPL...1st result is out 4 them...

Posted by Aoun786 on (May 31, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

I have a feeling that this has to do something with his latest tussle with ECB over NK issue. May be I am wrong and I hope that is the case. I have heard people making their debut at 31 but retiring @ 31 is crazy..

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

This shows how player put himself ahead of country...had it not the IPL & other T20 leagues we could see him playing till 40....simply Money effect....

Posted by ballonbat on (May 31, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Well done, KP. Sensible move, with all the cricket international cricketers now play and the injuries abounding it makes sense to focus on Test cricket. Best form of the game and he is a superb Test batsman, no doubt.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

retirement is a personal thing for players....so as fanz we should respect his decision...

Posted by ChikaCasey on (May 31, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

This can't be REAL !!! but ... what the BLEEP do we know !!!? Have a hunch though, that the ECB's recent high handed treatment of Pietersen has something to do with it. And that somewhere the IPL franchises are taking much better care of their players than cricket boards across the spectrum. Hope he reverses the decision .....

Posted by Tufey_Fatos on (May 31, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

Poor decision ,, He could have retired after T20 World Cup !

Posted by Piyushd21 on (May 31, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

Now who will see England's one day & T20 matches??? We all see only becoz of KP,,miss u legend....

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

Good decision, a role model sticks two fingers up at limited overs cricket and concentrates on the real deal is just what the game needs. It will be a good opportunity for English youngsters to come in and prove themselves.

Posted by tamizan on (May 31, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

I was sensing this decision ever since he was bowled by Ganguly. :-)

Posted by coolindianfan on (May 31, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

unbelievable does not make sense .he has atleast 4- 5 years of odi left in him

Posted by bigfrank on (May 31, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

What is the ECB going to do to ensure that the no.1 ranked batsman in T20 internationals is available for England in the T20 World Cup later this year?Time for the ECB to be flexible and allow Pietersen to skip the ODIs this Summer and play just Tests and T20s.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Test Matches & IPL only -- strange bed mates!

Posted by Vilander on (May 31, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Why ? why does kevin get this angry ? what went wrong ? does he want to focus on tests and CL20/IPL or is it some problem in ODI, he could have played the next world t20 and world cup. Such a shame.

Posted by Oldpunk on (May 31, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

I guess this means he will be playing more county cricket. Surely the ECB will condition his selection for the test team on his form in county cricket - not performances in the IPL or other T20 comps.

Posted by pak94fan on (May 31, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

Sad. Based on his recent performances, it was obvious that he is (well, was) one of the best limited overs batsmen around, along with the likes of Kohli, De Villiers. Understandable decision, but he will be missed. Big hole for England to fill in limited overs now. Would of understood if say, someone like Bell or Trott did this because they are naturally test-based players, but KP is highly talented and equally dangerous across all formats which makes this decision more puzzling... Oh well, enjoy the real version of cricket now full time. Besides the whole IPL, etc, of course.

Posted by rofl on (May 31, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

He's just retiring from ODIs which is pointless anyway. English board has a stupid clause which forbids him from T20 if he quits ODIs..hence he wont play for England T20 which is a bigger loss to England than to KP. Now that he's free, he'll do what Gayle does, avail himself to T20 leagues around the world and make a ton of money which I think is fair!

Posted by applethief on (May 31, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

Makes sense, he knows where is bread is buttered, and his ODI form has been wayward throughout his career. Have a feeling he'll do a Michael Clarke and be back at some point, especially when the schedule dries up. We know he isn't a fan of the first-class scene, and there are only so many T20 domestic leagues to traipse around

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

Misbah and Younis should retire from limited overs immediately

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

what the hell just happened ? :0 is he insane?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

We ll miss u KP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by rmall1 on (May 31, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

I believe in prolonging test careers-no matter how much the IPL brainwashes the Indian public with superstars, slogs, cheerleaders and fireworks into believing its the best (it is good though!) test cricket will always be the ultimate. BUT KP was a class ODI and t20 player, so why give these up?! I can only think of two reasons...prolonging his test career due to injuries or having to let something go and choosing this ahead of IPL. If it is the latter (which I expect it is) then this is a sad day for cricket. I'm a test match fan but not an idiot-ODIs and T20s can be very intersting with big hits, counter attacking innings and innovation, everything he is capable of, and will be poorer without him. What a loss to limited overs cricket, a class act, we can only hope that this is test match cricket's gain...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

KP, KP, KP! What have you done! We will miss you for sure! You were one of the most exciting batsmen in he modern cricketing world! You were some one who made the folks at the MCG to sit up take notice! (thanks to your invention of switch hit). We had a lot more expectation from you in the upcoming T20 world cup in srilanka! Sad that the man of the series from the last T20 world cup will not be taking part! ECB can you please make an exception and accomodate KP for the T20?

Posted by Mattzo12 on (May 31, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

Disaster. Having our best T20 player quit just months before the World T20 is awful. I wish he could have kept going a few months more and retired afterwards.

Posted by omairhr on (May 31, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

KP is just being sensible. He is only giving chance to budding South African cricketers to play for English ODI team.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

KP wants to become a T20 player lyk Gayle playing in all T20 leagues around the world... IPL , Big Bash , Friends lite T20.......

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

he is gaining more in IPL than in ODI & T20. so he is retiring.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

His comments to the BBC are very illuminating - he says he would not hesitate to play in the World Cup T20, but that the ECB will not allow him to drop ODIs and continue to play T20. Which rather explains his rather odd explanation of "letting young players through" in ODIs before the World Cup, yet taking up a T20 spot only to abandon it months before the T20 WC.

Makes very little sense to quit midway through a summer, especially with his old rivals South Africa coming up next. I wonder if losing the ODI captaincy still rankles him.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

You broke my heart KP i will miss u alot

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

why is everyone so shocked when boards plan tours with 5 - 7 menaingless one day games? he still gets to play test matches and ear a good living from the IPL. i wish some of the Sri lankan players would also prioritise as well without trying to play every single format. You cant begrudge any cricketers whoes career will probably end by the time he is 35 (barring any injuries) wanting to earn some money out of 20/20 leagues.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

What an outrageous decision by KP...Was expecting him in the World T20 in SL.I hope he reconsider his decision he is a much better ODI and T20 player than a test player. I wished it was the other way around.

Posted by Rajeev129 on (May 31, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

So its clear that he wishes to play in Big Bash League / SA Domestic T20.

Posted by Kgp-kamlesh on (May 31, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

KP.... shame on you, look at SRT man, He is still playing all kind format of the game and sachin never choose anything beyond his national duties... You are still too young to retiere from any format of the game.........

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

Money talks ,but You can't blame KP . He will play Chris Gayle's role. IPL ,SLPL and more PL to follow.

Posted by satish619chandar on (May 31, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

And people.. It is crazy to see some comments to point IPL for this.. IPL is not the only league available and KP was managing IPL along with English cricket for last 5 years.. If at all you want to blame, blame entire T20 leagues and not only IPL for this decision..

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (May 31, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Smart decission :) Now he can play all ipl & other t20 leagues and also he can keep his head high in tests. and he dont have to pay fine of some undisclosed amount. (at least for ODI tweeters are concerned ;-))

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Fair play KP - great to see him not do a Malinga and respect test cricket as the superior form of the game. Should get a few more years out of him and he can always use the IPL if he fancies a slog. Bravo

Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (May 31, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

I suspect the real reason Pietersen has done this is that he doesn't any longer want to play, be associated with or value any form of the game in which Nick Knight was quite successful ...

Posted by Maccanui on (May 31, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

The IPL is to blame for this so not sure why Indian comment posters are sounding so surprised. IPL has made it all about the money.

Posted by Asif_Iqbal on (May 31, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Latest IPL hunt when a player get milions for only 2 months maximum 20 matches then why play whole year ha ha ha ha ha ha

Posted by Min2_cric on (May 31, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

I m sure KP took this decision to strengthen his test cricket abilities.This is a great move bcoz more n more players are taking retirement frm test to make their ODI and T20 career long.Bt here v hav a player (KP) who is taking retirement frm ODI and T20 to to make his test career long.....This is a great move and the cricketing world is now going to get a class player, a test specialist.Atleast after the the retirement of Dravid v ll get another class player to watch in tests...

Posted by satish619chandar on (May 31, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

This is crazy but understandable.. They earn good money but always are on tour wihtout spending it with the family.. There is absolutely no compulsion to play in ODI or Int T20(Unless its a WC).. Play tests to improve your game and contribute to the game, Play T20 leagues to fill your pocket should be the mantra for the guys who want to earn and enjoy with the family using that earned money.. Even though have reservations, its a good decision from his personal point of view.. Nothing is more important than family of course..

Posted by Cric_Wiz on (May 31, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

He has done this for the sake of IPL. There will be a procession of player (In future) who will retire for the sake of IPL. League like IPL will kill test cricket, make a cricketer money making machine (just like cris gayle). K.P, we will miss ur fearsome stroke play, switch hits and a lot. ICC (Shorter version of BCCI), save cricket now or never.

Posted by thornep on (May 31, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Shows the flaw in the ECB logic to tie ODI and T20 squads together, yet continue to have separate captains.....Dr Tchock has it spot on, money from the IPL and Test Cricket for the memory.......

Posted by badshak47 on (May 31, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

no no no why he did this it not good for cricket

Posted by maddinson on (May 31, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

selfish decision by south african KP

Posted by 5wombats on (May 31, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

Whooa! Didn't see that coming. But it means that KP will have a better chance to go on to the great things in Test cricket that he had always set himself to achieve. Test cricket is the highest form of the game as every one knows - so he has got his priorities right.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

Ironic that at a time where there is a story in Cricinfo entitled "No I in Team England". There is most certainly an I in Pietersen.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Would have been if it was Sachin instead of KP !!! Hope KP does well in Tests !!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Bad news.................. ODI will miss u a lot......

Posted by KingOwl on (May 31, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

KP was always a mercenary. But England should be grateful. If not for the mercenaries, England would be nothing.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

NO NO NO IT'S NOT POSSIBLE.........AND IF IT IS ....THEN END OF AN ERA

Posted by ami23 on (May 31, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

This is certainly a pretty big step by KP. He is still young and has loads of potential in him. He could have landed himself in captaincy of ODI cricket team as well looking at his current form. I feel this decision is a bit too early. And the loss is even bigger with ECBs T20 policies which doesnt allow a player to play T20s if he is unavailable for ODI's

Miss u already KP.....

Posted by o-bomb on (May 31, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

I am amazed! Just as he's started opening in ODIs for England he leaves the team. He did well in the ODI series in Pakistan and there was no reason to suggest he wouldn't continue to do well opening in ODIs going forward. The question is who will open in ODIs with Cook now?

Posted by Outside_Off_Stump on (May 31, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

What madness is this KP? At this rate SACHIN will be last one to retire from the limited overs format.

Posted by timtom on (May 31, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Come on KP ..... at 31 you are at your prime in any format....U r one of very entertainers of cricket today...Hope this is again one of your outburst and wud be reversed... :(((

Posted by CricketRockStar on (May 31, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

miss u KP.. cursing the IPL circus

Posted by hareenperera on (May 31, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

Oh man,,,He is such a gud player in modern day cricket...is this another side effect of IPL......???????

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

I wish ECB policy was more flexible. Anyways ODIs are dead, no one watches them anymore so no point playing them. Focus on Test Cricket (what people remember) and T 20 (good entertainment).

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

stupid decision for a 31 yr old. next generation??!! mike hussey started playing internation cricket at that age..IPL is slowly but surely killing international cricket.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

What a shocker.....

cnt believe.. ths

will miss KP..!! one of the finest ODI player...!!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

Now KP can spend enough time with the family as no nation plays more than 15 test matches in one year... Plus he has the complete season of IPL. Grade A contract with ECB, and a prize tag of over $2 mn in IPL should be enough for any international player for the next 5 years.... And after retiring from all forms, he can enjoy the commentary box of the English County Season, or International Games.. Sound like a plan! Unfortunately, in the perfect plan poor fans of KP miss out.... Anyways, wish you all the best KP.. :)

Posted by passionatecricbug on (May 31, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

noooooooooooooooooooo someone stop him pleassssssssse :/

Posted by 200ondebut on (May 31, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

Anyone want to buy my tickets to this summers ODI's?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

Really shocked... We dont know the real reason for his retirement.May be a drift between ECB and him.Anyways u r one of the best in mordern day cricket...

Posted by boundryhiter46 on (May 31, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

how sad? such a great stroke maker..poor decision KP..We will miss u a lot

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

sachin should learn alesson.a good example for mibah too.but our sub-continent players leave only when they kicked out.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

KP said it best in his 'for the record' comment. ECB selection criteria is plain wrong. Same fight Chris Gayle is going through. Cricket boards or private tournaments should not dictate things. Gayle was forced out. KP is opting out. Pl protect the players and let them enjoy playing.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

I love watching KP in one day & T20, he shouldn't retire. he is great to watch.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

absolute idiotic selection criterion from the ecb...if a player doesnt want to play 50 overs ckt then he automatically get ruled out of the t20 version.Are you kiddin me???A willing KP would have been an asset for englad in the world t20.Dont thnk england has a player to fill his void in the t20 version..hopefully common sense prevails nd k.p gets a chance to play for england in the world t20.

Posted by Philippe on (May 31, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

what happened so suddenly? He is a fine player in both forms of the cricket ODI & Tests.. leaving aside 20-20.. KP reconsider your decision.. you are amazing to watch.. you have atleast 3-4 years of ODI cricket left in you.. dude wat are you upto.. you are a young lad..

Posted by msmfashan on (May 31, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

coz of his twitter update about Nick Knight ... must be the reason.... any how it's big lose for ECB...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

he is out of mind . he is in form of his life . y is he wasting it . unbelieveble decision by kp . i dont know wat is he thinking .

Posted by Rooroo on (May 31, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

OMG! unexpected move and why from t20 also? He was the man of the tournament last year world cup. Really shocked to hear this.

Posted by Drizzy12 on (May 31, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Wow....shocking!!! No reason? Was a class act. The world will be missing KP big time.

Posted by Jimmy_Jim on (May 31, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Good work Kevin, more player should take this route. (Ponting, Hussey, Tendulkar). I wonder if it was because Strauss pulled out after the WC?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

I hope its a 'Pakistani' retirement and would last for 1 year or untill who ever is playing Ijaz Butt in the ECB is kicked out :P

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

There is never any smoke without fire is there!!..SOMETHING has happened/ been said for him to make this decision as the last time he was interviewed about this subject....he said and I quote...."I've no intention of retiring from one day international cricket"...so what goes around comes around. However I actually think its the right decision because he will remembered more as a very fine (but NOT great) test match batsman rather than an explosive, entertaining but ultimately inconsistent one day player.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

This is quite unexpected..

Posted by mrhamilton on (May 31, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

@sahil Dua what do you mean "million of his fans wont accept this decision" they will have to as it is not going to change. I think this shows that TEST cricket is more the priority to cricket fans outside India where the IPL and its vulgarities hold sway

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Get real people, IPL is here to stay and if KP wants to secure his financial future that's his decision and good luck to him. By the way why do people object to cricketers earning big money but find it acceptable for all the sports?

Posted by pprash_2002 on (May 31, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

Indian old players needs to learn from him,As he can earn money from IPL & enjoy the true cricket from test matches.now our big old players who want to destroy the future of many younger guys,think like peterson.

Posted by go_pk_go on (May 31, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Very sad .. its all happening because of IPL. ICC please ban this ciricus, its killing cricket. Pleas, please

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Well it seems as though he wanted to continue to play t20 for England, just not ODI, which I can understand as the 50 over format appears to be pointless now, perhaps this will prompt the administrators to look toward reducing the number of ODIs played and increase the amount of T20I scheduled. The tinkering with the power plays has done nothing for the game as now they are just taken in overs 16-20 and 36-40.

Posted by ansarri on (May 31, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

i think KP going to struggle in tests like Andrew Stauss because he too retired from ODIs

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Blame the IPL.. Looked like he talked too much with Virender Sehwag and his out of world ideas..!!! KP, whats wrong baccha?

Posted by havalina on (May 31, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

@GSS - if you listen to Michael Holding he will tell you that an English central contract is worth 5 or 6 times more than one the WICB can offer. Priorities and principles are fine but you can't always put them on the dining room table. The Pietersen and Gayle situations shouldn't really be compared. I think KP could have waited until after the T20 world cup but I'm glad the ECB aren't messing around with the rules to squeeze him in. I always felt that KP didn't totally fulfill his potential in ODI but he'll leave a big hole in England's batting line-up for sure.

Posted by JG2704 on (May 31, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

This is bad news. KP has been going through a purple patch esp with his OD form and it will greatly affect our chances of performing in the T20WC later this year. Re "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'd say it is the exactly the wrong time and that it would have been so much better if he waited until after the T20WC. Having said that I feel that the ECB should look at their rules and regs re contracts re availability for T20 and ODIs. Surely they don't have to group them together? Also I wonder if Swann (who openly said he didn't like ODIs) and others would quit ODIs if it didn't mean that they would have to quit T20s. At least no one can say KP wants ODIs/T20s banned - citing because of personal poor form - or maybe I speak too soon.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (May 31, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

Oh my days!!! What's he doing!! The man's gone crazy in the coconut.

Posted by MrBrightside92 on (May 31, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

After the intial shock..it's not too much of a bad thing...we rely on him too much and his ODI record has not been great for a while. WOuld've liked to have seen him against Australia and in the T20 World Cup. He just wants to play Int T20 but his contract doesn't allow it. Can't believe Flower will cave in to KP for this special case but there you go. We're rubbish at ODI's and there is little credence for being No 1 ranked T20 team. The World Cup win was nice but we're not going to win in Asia so let the new guys have a go.

Posted by sandeep05 on (May 31, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

this is not a good decision i do not know what his plans are but he can still play

at least for 3 years more

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Ridiculous ! Crazy ! Daft ! Such a quality batsman and what a sad end to his ODI career.

Posted by alchemist_sandeep on (May 31, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

very sad..... bad effect of ipl. icc should make window for ipl otherwise in international t20 will miss players like piterson gayle...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Good for him & cricket. Would hate him to burn out and retire from all forms..!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

wow. i mean really wow. he is 31 and he is leaving odi while other cricketers dont leave till 37+. KP should really re-consider

Posted by alchemist_sandeep on (May 31, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

very sad..... bad effect of ipl. icc should make window for ipl otherwise in international t20 will miss players like piterson gayle...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

KP has given WorldCup T20 but not Recognized by ECB.. nice Revenge

Posted by WasimSiddique on (May 31, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

Really a sad News for Me,,,,,,,Because He is the best Player for in England in all format of game,,,,,,, Thanks To IPL which is now showing the actual faces of so-cold big stars of Cricket. Its now clear that for Even Players Like Peterson Money is more important than Pride and Honor which a Player can earn to represent his country,,,,,,,!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

i think CRICINFO joking with US !

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

Demand too great on ya body hey buddy? Not so great that ya can't play IPL. Money is great, money rules, good on yer KP. You will be missed. . .but only for about 5 minutes.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Im sure.... There's some political influence behind this!

Posted by stickywicketnick on (May 31, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

2020's have ruined cricket. five years ago people would have laughed at you for retiting at 31! From the age of 28-33 is meant to be statiscally your best period for playing cricket. Players retiring early is only going to get more frequent. A sad day for those of us who actually enjoy watching proper cricket games.

Posted by noplay on (May 31, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

Well if he has to pay fines for expressing an opinion on twitter he better make the money somewhere.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

its just due to the rift between english media and him and he wanted to make a point that he is concerned of england only[as englishmen believe test cricket as the ltimate ordeal]...but pete all are not fools to understand that in between all these chaos you have taken care of your pocket by making himself available for probably the whole season from next year....but alas a nice tactical move buddy

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

thats shucking to learn.......................................................................:(

Posted by py0alb on (May 31, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

Completely the right decision, one of the best decision's he has ever made. Forget the slapbangwallop, focus on the real cricket. No-one cares about ODIs, not the spectators, and certainly not the players.

If only more cricketers would take this approach, perhaps something might be done about the ridiculous schedules. I encourage the rest of the England team to follow in KP's lead.

Posted by TarunArora on (May 31, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

SAD NEWS....!!!! Must have played some years more....

Posted by mahafuz1983 on (May 31, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

Your body can't take ODI/t20 but can take a 5 day test......???

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

@Grant Sansom-Sherwill - You have to wait till the time he decides to play in IPL.. so he cant play limited over cricket for England but can play domestic Indian tournament.. does that save the toll on body and mind?>

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

what is it yaar????????????????????

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

Very poor decision from one of the best one day players in the world

Posted by Yevghenny on (May 31, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

He has shown absolutely no worries about his general health and condition up to now, has been on record talking about what he hopes to achieve at WC 2015, he is making a huge mistake

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

Good decision test cricket is the real herb!!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

poor decision in days when class batting is missing in odi,s another class act is singing off

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

why in d world KP has to retire frm odi n t20????????!!!!!!!!!!!! when he's got still good years left in him as a odi n t20 plyer... well it's his decision ... bt thru out his carrier he has given English cricket some very good performances..

Posted by Batman111 on (May 31, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

Very sad.. he has lots of cricket left with him.. very poor and a stupid decision..

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

he must have gone MAD!!! SHOCKINGGG !!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

KP retirement from t20s and they have to defend t20 worldcup right after 3 months , timings really disappoint everyone, but this could be because of his comment against Nick Knight in IPL.....

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

crazy man..... atleast he should wait for world T20 matches.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

Play IPL & other such leagues for money and test matches for love of cricket. He never cared about his country of origin so why will he bother about England. Good decision !!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

Time for a ODI recall for Nick Knight?

Posted by Praxis on (May 31, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

That's great thinking for once, KP! One day records aren't much important now, now you can have loads of free time, play some county cricket too. Finally, you'll be available for all the IPL matches in a season.

Posted by frozendilemma on (May 31, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

Oh no KP...Just woke up and was casually looking at Cricinfo and found this news which really struck me hard...If guys like Tendulkar can play both ODI and Test Cricket then you are so young KP...you can drop meaningless ODIs but still stick with T20s...its going to be hard watching an England team without him...it saddens me so much...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

man we miss u .......... :/ Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Kricket_Fan on (May 31, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

Very, Very Shocking News...... Can it be as a result on the fine on him by the ECB which it think was unfair just because the ECB was protecting its sponsors?

Posted by barrick on (May 31, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Seems fair enough to me, there always seems such little variation in the progress of an ODI innings that even after 127 of them - not a huge number in today's game - there must be an element of boredom with the format.

I suspect it is the 50-over game that he ideally wants to leave, but, as mentioned above, he can't play in either 20 or 50 over games, it's both or none.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

dats shocking to see all this news....wat happened to him, he's such a good form player for ECB....its shocking

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

why why why? you are 31 not 38! it's such a sad thing. even if you played 2015wc you will be only 35 and that's not even a retiring age in these modern times. This is absolutely astonishing!

Posted by konkiska on (May 31, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Come on guys...don't you know the reason behind this action? He wants to play more in 'IPL'. Thanks IPL for his early retirement.

Posted by TontonZolaMoukoko on (May 31, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

A shame to see KP retire in some forms in the game but he's chosen the right form not to retire from. It may not seal his legacy in the sub-continent but he and his family live in England and it will certainly do so here. Maybe it's also another thing to make the game's administrators step back and think there is too much international cricket played nowadays, much of it meaningless. Is it just coincidence that KP has retired just before the most pointless ODI series with Australia ever to be held in England?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

NO NO NO...I am devastated...man u once said u wanted to be the best u can possibly be.....no i m devastated.

Posted by LEOFURQAN86 on (May 31, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

So Strange Why KP Retired from ODI & T20 because he is the Limited Overs Player Engalnd Bog Lost i think this decesion due to going problem between ECB and KP but Engalnd Big lost just before T20 WC ECB should convience to take back Retirement

Posted by ste13 on (May 31, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

This is only half of the message, he will play test cricket in Indian team. This not to re-allocate too much folloiwng IPL campaign. Moreover, he will be free to play various 20/20 tournaments. He is great enough talent not to dilute it for meaningless international games. The crowds and cricket gods are with IPL and its mutations.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

its very hard to believe..KP has taken a poor decision..well we cant do anything except missing him...miss u KP..he has been a wonderful short format cricketer..but still he should have wait till t20 world cup...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

Shocking News; We miss you K.P. One of the greatest batsmen i watched playing.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

Wow,out of the blue sky he makes such a huge thunder...wow! Retiring from T2O is whatever,retiring from ODI is a shocker... AdiDas wont like it either since they invest alot of money with them.Atleast i think he'll still play for DD

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

Good Move.. Some other players should follow him!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

Oh my good god,, what is that? why why why? Come on KP, Not now :(

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

Yes.. strange and still he a great player and i always called him as a Lionhearted player...but dear i think is the man who plays for enjoying his cricket playing skill not for those who still not ready to leave.......anyways he is great player

Posted by jt1206 on (May 31, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Hooray!!! Pity he's still in the test squad!

Posted by Viru219 on (May 31, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Unbelievable....not good for the game. He is very talented role-model of modern cricket and he is just 31, short-format cricket would loose its charm for not such legends in COLOURS. There are some greedy guys out there who play just fpr records and never realize they are REALLY-OLD. Anyways, as a great admirer of KP I do respect his decision and wish him good luck...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

just cant believe ........ totaly shocked ...plz kp return bacK ... we cric lovers need u ..plz dont give up

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (May 31, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Very smart move! Tests and IPL ;-/)

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Strange, Shocked and Surprised KP retires from internation ODI's and T20's

Posted by chrisu on (May 31, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

It makes perfect sense. K.P. is an England batsman and wants to leave a legacy behind. in English cricket that can only come in the Test arena. No English grandfather will tell his grandchildren stories about heroics in 20.20 matches but we all remember where we were in 1981 whilst Botham performed at Headingly. Being a great limited overs cricketer is like being a great beach footballer or a great 7 a side rugby player; not the real thing. K.P. now has the rest of his career to concentrate on the true form of the sport and become a Test match legend. Well done.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

What??? U must be kidding man. U were playing so good in limited over Int'l cricket off late (of course along with Tests) & u say u r retiring! No, u can't do this unjust to yr fans like me. C'mon, u still have around 4 years of cricket, competitive cricket, left in u Man. Plzzz, come back.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

big loss for england................

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

This is the loss not only for the world cricket but it is a loss of game of Cricket :(

Posted by Orangeps on (May 31, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

any player making himself unavailable for either of the one day formats, rules himself out of consideration for both formats... this is the reason

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Michael Clarke said he doesn't want to play well into his 30s, perhaps Pietersen took some advice from the Aussie captain, unlike Tendulkar who is still playing limited overs cricket at 38.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Nice and short career KP rules !!!!!

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (May 31, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

That IPL money is changing international player's allegiences. The ECB are to blame for incompetance impotence and fear of creating a IPL style league in the UK.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

how fast...was not expecting from him...

Posted by Tigg on (May 31, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

Fair enough. although couldn't he have waited until after the T20 world cup? It's going to be hard to fill his spot and settle the line up with the World Cup in only a few months.

The cynic in me thinks he's going to play tests for the fame and domestic T20 comps for the money now...

Posted by skepticaloptimist on (May 31, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

What a pity. He was finally starting to hit some form, and he's some player when in form. Well, what can one say. It's his choice. Good luck to him.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

This is due to the IPL !! .. cricket is no more a gentleman's game .. after IPL it has become a money market game ! GRAVE LOSS FOR CRICKET I MUST SAY !

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Probably he was inspired by Michael Clarke statements on not playing till 35 or 36..Haha.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Real sad news. What a kinda batsman he is and decided to retire from limited over game. Strange! I just can't believe that this would be held on Pieterson side.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

oh no loss...big loss ODI and T20s in danger

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

kEVII?????????? Man what has happened?? has England board said something? no 1 stiker in twenty twenty!!! We want u back!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

While he has made some noble mentions regarding the 2015 World Cup and so forth... this should also help him become a free-agent of sorts as his cricketing schedule for the year will be severly reduced.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

Thats shameful, he has got immense talent, Could be IPL Effect , cant deny that possibility.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

can not understand y he did this?

Posted by Indian_Fan09 on (May 31, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

Why dont you leave IPL and play ODIs and T20s instead?? Such a shame!! =(

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

At last, a player who values the true form of the game over the form that's earned him a lot of money. If only more players would do this. If only for instance some of the current greats (Tendulkar et al) would prolong their test career by an extra 18-24 months by retiring from t20 a year or two earlier (as opposed to the other way around). - Come on wouldn't you rather see Tendulkar batting for a day or batting for half an hour during a T20 match.....?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

shocking news he has to play more ODI and 20 20 cricket .

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

what :D absolute shocker !! Im feeling sad he should have retired before playing against pakistan so that we would have won last odi series :D kdding

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

This is blunder of a decision by a sensible player of his calibre. Hope to see him change his decision soon.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

why,,,,,, no way daredevil!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

why,,,,,, no way daredevil!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

Wow! This is news. A shock to the cricket world. He has followed Andrew Strauss by retiring from limited overs cricket. But then again with the crowded schedule on the cricketing calender, no one can blame him for doing so. It just goes to show that people are playing too much cricket these days and can't keep up. When fatigue sets in they start to lose form. Good on him for doing so. Now young talent can be drafted into the ENG limited overs squad.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

ODIs can understand but T20s is massive, especially so close to the T20 World Cup!! That is a massive hole that England will struggle to fill!

Posted by Drew2 on (May 31, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Fantastic decision. Test cricket is the pinnacle. I wish more cricketer's would turn their back on pyjama cricket and extend the career that really counts.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

THATS WAT NOW ENGLAND WILL FEEL IN T20 A big differene

Posted by Kazi1517 on (May 31, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Why so earlier, KP? We will miss your aggressive batting beauty :(

Posted by Reagos on (May 31, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

What? ? ? A little too late for April fools joke. This guy was encouraging Gayle's return to the international stage and he is exiting!!! Anyway, with the IPL, Big Bash, BPL, Sri Lankar League, Friends, and I am sure more will appear, KP is focusing on building his nest for retirement.

Posted by kevnssuresh on (May 31, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

mmmhhhh don't understand the logic here. returned to form and at the age of 31, retiring means there is something else.. Is that IPL? Since IPL gets him lot of money which is several times compared to what he gets from board I guess...

Posted by figjam13 on (May 31, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Following Vettori's footstep. More great players to follow IMO.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

Damn that was a Shocker.. didnt see that coming. We surely miss you KP

Posted by 76pk on (May 31, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

Congrats KP for all the entertainment you have given us thru out your career. Willing to see you more in IPLs. All The Best....

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Well despite West Indies Wooes...They are becoming clearer favorites for the Twenty20 ICC Championships....Thanks KP

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

When a bunch of players retire from Test to play the fancy T20s. This man has made a wise decision. He has gained respect by selecting the toughest format of the game!!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Oh No - As a cricket fan, it is a sad news ! He is such a class player , very entertaining - I don't understand why he doesn't want to play One Day or T20

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

what a sad moments for cricket fans. why he is retiring from one day cricket? he is a class act.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

miss u KP !!! miss u KP !!! miss u KP !!! miss u KP !!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

He want to play full ipl from next year. so he decided to retire. He earn money not cricket

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

That's completely crazy. What is he thinking?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Glad to see someone getting their priorities right, at last (unlike Chris Gayle, say). Avoid mindless, meaningless crap like ODIs and 20/20s (especially) and so concentrate on real cricket and prolong your career in it. Should add a few years to Pietersen's test career.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Is it a effect of global t20 tournaments

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

poor decision...! We miss u KP,.........!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

this can't be possible...is this due to some drift b/w England cricket board and him..or just personal..but whatever...millions of his fans wont accept this decision

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

Unbelivable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

What?????? What is going on???.... Am i Dreaming or it is reality... or it is IPL That is helping Players Retire from National duties so that they can Play IPL and earn more and quick money.... I am very sadden for PK....

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

man we miss u .......... :/

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

how strange!! such big loss of ODI and T/20's version .

Posted by DrTchock on (May 31, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Test matches plus IPL. Take care of the pocket - IPL, and the legacy - Test cricket. Say what you like about him, he's not daft!

Posted by D.Sharma on (May 31, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

That's a surprise and a half.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

No Way Pietersen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

its just unbelievable!!!! y did he do this...and too suddenly?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

Wonder what helped him arrive at this disastrous decision...ODI cricket will miss a great entertainer in you KP.

Posted by polysuravi on (May 31, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

very surprising news, never think that he ll retire that soon

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

He was very great player of ODIS and T20 alot. i miss him alot miss u kp

Posted by cskfangg on (May 31, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

WHY????????????????????????

Posted by dipanjan_p on (May 31, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

That's heart-breaking news....

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

I can't accept.. if its true, please revert back KP.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

Shocking And Horrible I can Understand his decision if was only remain to t20 but not ODI ECB should force him to take his retirement decision back at least he should play the next WC 2015 Australia/New Zealand

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Shocking news from kp we will miss switch short

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

we miss U Kevin Pietersen.Pietersen retires from one-day cricket and T20 cricket

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

wt the beep !! hw can he just retire he is nt too old

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Is he a test lover or what? His switch hit doesnt reflect so. Very strange decision.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

sad news!! he was one of d most prolific ODI batsmen of modern times...SUCH A SHOCK!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

so surprising decision ? IPL affect ?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

omg....anyway it is a gud decision...because, now he can concentrate on test cricket!

Posted by unlocker on (May 31, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

i cant belive,how its possible ?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

It is indeed a Heart Breaking News !

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Nice to see someone put Test Cricket ahead of T20s. Good move KP

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Shocking decision....He is a class player and should have contributed for another 3-4 years....SRK should get some lesson atleast now.....

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Bad News 4 all KP fans.. wrong decision at a wrong time... a big loss 4 cricket world...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

omg...what on earth inspired him to do so ? He just started to reap his rewards . Terrible decision ! I hope there ain't any backdoor pressure .

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Its shocking news for all the fans of KV

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

he still has the time 2 go

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

y he has done this, wats wrong wid him

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

i think he has lost his head.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

now what going on..? one of the greatest striker of the ball goes out <:O>

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

absolute shocker!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

Why KP, why? You still have soo much to offer!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

thats sad news !!

england gona loose their master batsman of limited overs cricket.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

Whaaat.???? Why...??????!!!!!!

Posted by wibblewibble on (May 31, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

What?! Shocked. Sad. I never saw this coming :/

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

he is crazy lol..........

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

WTHH...???? :( :( this is so bad..

Posted by srriaj317 on (May 31, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

The signs have arrived! We are witnessing the first T20 mercenary who is going to spend most of the year travelling to different leagues! 2012 is upon us!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

You can't do this Kevin. Why so soon? We already are missing quality in today's cricket. sob sob

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Dunno the reason behind his retirement but he had all in him to become a modern day legend..!

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