England news July 9, 2012

Pietersen keeps one-day door ajar

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Kevin Pietersen has kept the door open for a return to limited-overs cricket for England and is still hoping for a late change of policy by the selectors to allow him to appear in the World Twenty20. Although, he admits that both scenarios still remain unlikely.

Pietersen quit international one-day cricket at the end of May citing England's heavy schedule and the way the ECB central contracts are written meant his decision made him ineligible for Twenty20 selection as players have to be available for both limited-overs formats. Pietersen, who returned to action with Surrey at the beginning of this month ahead of the Test series against South Africa, said the fixture demands would need to change for him to consider reversing his retirement but he still wishes he could play Twenty20.

"Never say never. I'm a lot older and more mature than a few years ago, so you never know," he told the Daily Mail about whether he would return to coloured clothes. "Anything can happen. I'll never say no, but the schedule would have to be a hell of a lot different for me to come back. Wait and see.

"I've had my wife, mother, dad, mother-in-law, brothers and my best mates all saying to me 'don't you wish you were out there batting against Australia?' And I've said to them I haven't missed it at all. But maybe all I needed was a break. Who knows? I've played a lot of cricket in the last seven years."

As for the World Twenty20, which takes place in Sri Lanka from late September, where England will be defending their title, Pietersen has always been clear that he wanted to play in that tournament.

"I still hope there might be a compromise for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka," he said. "The squad hasn't been announced. I would love to play in that and defend our title with England. If it happens, great, but I'm not holding my breath."

Pietersen's comments about the packed international schedule have not always gone down well because he continues to play in the IPL. However, he believes it is unfair that he is criticised for taking up that opportunity when so many of the game's leading players take part.

"Okay, the ECB may say me playing in the IPL makes it hard to rest me but what annoys me is that, with every other board the IPL is a matter of fact. It's not going away," he said. "It's going to be there and players want to play in it. Players want to go and earn their money and unless you let them decisions will have to be made.

"Big players want to play in front of big audiences. You want to hear your name chanted by 50,000 people. It's amazing. It makes you feel so good. The window for that has been created by the other boards but unfortunately not ours."

England have responded outstandingly well to the loss of Pietersen from both limited-overs formats. Ian Bell has slotted into the opening role with 364 runs in five innings while Alex Hales made 99 in the Twenty20 against West Indies and Pietersen has enjoyed watching the results.

"I'm a huge England fan and it's brilliant to be beating Australia at the moment," he said. "We've got an Ashes series next year and you want their guys to say 'we've got to play against these blokes next year. We can't score more than 250 against them in a one-day game'. It's the mental edge you want over them. We've thrown some big punches against them and that's fantastic."

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  • Joby_George on July 11, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    You are one of the great representative of modern one day cricket. Roar back and play your game

  • anver777 on July 11, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    If KP comes back then its great for world cricket..... He's an entertaining & explosive bat, who thrills the fans all over. We need you in all formats, so please reconsider!!

  • 200ondebut on July 10, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    I hope KP changes his mind - he is box office. ECB love their rules though!!

  • bored_iam on July 10, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    KP is now the new Afridi -retiring and then re-retiring at will? :-D

  • AKS286 on July 10, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    why you worry KP now SLPL is going to start after that CLt20, BBL and take some rest only 9 month are left for IPL.

  • AKS286 on July 10, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    some of the KP comments- when he came to eng he questioned about SA selection and told whole world that SA cricket board is useless, when he start playing for eng he says "i don't care if test cricket dies", another comment eng is jealous to ipl and eng players jealous to me as i play in ipl, "i'm retired to cricket is due to eng internal politics " now very recent comment "ipl & t20 is the future of cricket." i don't want to see players like gayle & KP who always put HIMSELF, IPL ahead of their country, board, team & cricket.

  • dariuscorny on July 10, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    @jmcilhinney its funny to hear from you,"Eng has plenty of young talent to step in",rather you shud say"South Africa has plenty of young talents to supply to Eng" even if there is no Pieterson,at last he is Saffer,SA knows best ,what should be delivered......

  • cricketizgood on July 10, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    KP is a great cricketer. One of the best for English. But I feel like he is missing the spot light of to be hero for England. English boys as a team are doing great for them right now and nobody misses KP anymore(He will surely be missed but it's not making any difference in the results). England's main power is their length of all rounders. They don't have best all rounders like Kallis or Watson but Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Bopara make a great team.

    This is a act of selfishness because he knew he was one of the best player and he retired too soon, and now when team is doing ok without him he wants to be back.... One thing is for sure though, in subcontinent pitches KP is still their only savior.

  • on July 10, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Funny how we are doing well and he wants a piece of it..........now

  • pom_don on July 10, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    @RandyOZ let's face it there is not a single player in the current Aus side that has anywhere remotely near the appeal of KP, he is box office of the highest order & you may well be sick of him but looking around these forums there is a lot of folk want to see him back in the middle.......and not all England supporters either.....guess you have got it wrong again.....nothing new there though.

  • Joby_George on July 11, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    You are one of the great representative of modern one day cricket. Roar back and play your game

  • anver777 on July 11, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    If KP comes back then its great for world cricket..... He's an entertaining & explosive bat, who thrills the fans all over. We need you in all formats, so please reconsider!!

  • 200ondebut on July 10, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    I hope KP changes his mind - he is box office. ECB love their rules though!!

  • bored_iam on July 10, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    KP is now the new Afridi -retiring and then re-retiring at will? :-D

  • AKS286 on July 10, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    why you worry KP now SLPL is going to start after that CLt20, BBL and take some rest only 9 month are left for IPL.

  • AKS286 on July 10, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    some of the KP comments- when he came to eng he questioned about SA selection and told whole world that SA cricket board is useless, when he start playing for eng he says "i don't care if test cricket dies", another comment eng is jealous to ipl and eng players jealous to me as i play in ipl, "i'm retired to cricket is due to eng internal politics " now very recent comment "ipl & t20 is the future of cricket." i don't want to see players like gayle & KP who always put HIMSELF, IPL ahead of their country, board, team & cricket.

  • dariuscorny on July 10, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    @jmcilhinney its funny to hear from you,"Eng has plenty of young talent to step in",rather you shud say"South Africa has plenty of young talents to supply to Eng" even if there is no Pieterson,at last he is Saffer,SA knows best ,what should be delivered......

  • cricketizgood on July 10, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    KP is a great cricketer. One of the best for English. But I feel like he is missing the spot light of to be hero for England. English boys as a team are doing great for them right now and nobody misses KP anymore(He will surely be missed but it's not making any difference in the results). England's main power is their length of all rounders. They don't have best all rounders like Kallis or Watson but Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Bopara make a great team.

    This is a act of selfishness because he knew he was one of the best player and he retired too soon, and now when team is doing ok without him he wants to be back.... One thing is for sure though, in subcontinent pitches KP is still their only savior.

  • on July 10, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Funny how we are doing well and he wants a piece of it..........now

  • pom_don on July 10, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    @RandyOZ let's face it there is not a single player in the current Aus side that has anywhere remotely near the appeal of KP, he is box office of the highest order & you may well be sick of him but looking around these forums there is a lot of folk want to see him back in the middle.......and not all England supporters either.....guess you have got it wrong again.....nothing new there though.

  • on July 10, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Best of luck kp...may u come back.....

  • JG2704 on July 10, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (July 10 2012, 03:42 AM GMT) Guessing the Wallster is implying that KP thought that because of his star appeal that England would totally side with him on the Moores issue and bend the rules so that he could play T20s only. Having said that I think Flower would have him back. One thing's for sure though , it didn't take him long for the withdrawal symptoms to kick in and I do agree with the Wallster in that KP thought England would really struggle without him.

  • JG2704 on July 10, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    @Gilly4ever on (July 09 2012, 23:37 PM GMT) Most English fans prob think the same , but it's not mere mortals who make up the rules

  • JG2704 on July 10, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    @Faisal Mashood Tiger Afridi on (July 09 2012, 16:42 PM GMT) Not sure you can compare the 2. Afridi is a big hitter but surely his main asset is his bowling.

  • on July 10, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Much as I'd love to see KP playing for England across all three formats, it's going to require a 180 degree volte-face by *him* - & not the ECB - before that happens, as he probably used up what little credit he had left in the selectorial bank when he flounced out of the World Cup early last year with Andy Flower's thinly-veiled words of scorn still ringing in his ears. He overplayed his hand when he demanded Moores's resignation, he did it again by throwing England's plans into disarray at that World Cup & he did it a third time with his ill-timed 'retirement'. All he's succeeded in doing is talking himself out of not only countless future ODI centuries & T20 fifties, but also the adulation of countless thousands of English fans. Andy Flower's stated before that he only wants those willing to sweat blood for the England cause in his team; on that basis alone, KP has a lot of bowing & scraping to do before he'll be allowed back in. Can *you* see KP bowing & scraping? No, me neither.

  • jmcilhinney on July 10, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    @the_wallster on (July 09 2012, 19:14 PM GMT), your argument doesn't really make sense. What exactly was KP bluffing about? Surely the only logical answer to that is that he would rather play neither of ODI and T20 than both. If the ECB had let him have his way then he still wouldn't be playing ODIs, so how exactly does your quoting ODI results help to make your point? It's only if England do poorly in T20s that England will have lost out by not giving KP his way and they haven't played enough T20s yet for us to know whether that will be the case or not. The early signs are good but one match is not enough to support a meaningful conclusion.

  • RandyOZ on July 10, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Would be a big blow for world cricket if he comes back. EVeryone is sick of these mercenaries in the spotlight.

  • Meety on July 10, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    Man KP is the human headline. No mention of a comeback when he reeled off scores of 0,8 & 7, but now after 42 & 36no he's the man again! LOL! This is all despite England being on a roll without him! Hmmmmmm.

  • Marcian on July 10, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    KP is a prima-donna! He craves attention, and since England are doing magnificently without him, he feels left out and wants to be a part of it.

  • Lmaotsetung on July 10, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    KP finally figured out it's only fun 3 weeks out of the month with the wifey, he's now having second thought about retiring from ODIs.

  • just_chill_chill on July 10, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    @ Faisal Mashood Tiger Afridi : Pietersen is 1000 times more talented than the fluke master Boom Boom. And he has much more decency, and dignity than boom boom.

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 9, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    Pietersen can feel free to emigrate to Australia, where we would love to have him. We would be more than happy if he just wants to play tests and T20s and ignore ODIs.

  • mathoncourt on July 9, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    Rather than coming back to the limited overs squads, I hope Pietersen also retires from test cricket and then we can be rid of this mercenary careerist. No offence intended, but he isn't English and he shouldn't be playing for England. Why is our selectors' sense of national identity so weak that they would rather select any and every foreigner who fancies a game rather than promoting English players who have come through the ranks? I don't understand it.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on July 9, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Come back Kevin...Although England are doing fine without you: Check out the whitewash they're close to inflicting on the old enemy!

  • on July 9, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    I find it hard to believe he seriously expects us to accept he's not missing it. His comments seem to back that up.

  • JG2704 on July 9, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    I said back along that this was a catch 22 situation whereby KP would only come back to ODIs if the team was doing well. I didn't really see England backing down on this one if they failed miserably without him and so far they have done well even if their opposition have flattered the side. The only way I could see England U turning is if next years IPL sees others snapped up (Broad and Swann prime examples) and these guys decide the workload is too much. If it becomes a pattern then they might revise things? As it stands I think KP possibly does feel a bit left out and while I feel KP adds alot to the OD/T20 sides (I'd shoe him back in even if it's morally incorrect) , I'm not sure who he'd come back in for. Bell,Cook,Trott,Bopara and Morgan have all put in performances.Also I wonder if there's a chance they might become a better unit without him as each player thinks/knows that they have to up their game a bit more where maybe in the past they would rely on KP?

  • the_wallster on July 9, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    When Pietersen announced his retirement, he was playing another one of his bluffs. He told the ECB he would resign if Moores wasn't sacked, and it backfired. He thought that following this recent retirement that England would struggle to replace him, and that his imminent return would be welcomed with open arms. 3 matches later, his replacement, Ian Bell, plays beautifully, including the scoring of a hundred, and England look a better side without him. And even if the opposite were true, there isn't a cat-in-hell's chance Andy Flower would let him come back.

  • on July 9, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    We want Pietersen back!! I would really love to see him continue playing ODIs and T20s in the future! A player with such class and brilliance should not retire so early!

  • Tigg on July 9, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    I think this is KP sulking because England aren't failing without him. If England had been trounced by the Windies and Aus then the management may have been willing to fold and let him play only T20.

  • subbass on July 9, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    KP will come out of retirement for the 2015 world cup. Especially with it been in Australia where England will be one of the favourites to win it the way our one day side is playing.

    He's too much of an 'ego' to miss world cups. So unless he is playing poorly in 2013-14 he will be back !

  • Solace1 on July 9, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Guys i heard Mumbai Indians are going to buy them next season, is it true?? Exciting times ahead of us!!

  • on July 9, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Pietersen emulating Boom Boom!

  • on July 9, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    haha...He knows he's not really missed and England are doing well without him :)

  • Tjoeps on July 9, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    I am with Kevin on this, the schedule of international cricket is madness! Boards are running after money and they don't seems to care about the players, SA rested Kallis, De Villiers, Steyn & Morkel after their IPL outing, it cost us the Zim series, made us look very stupid in fact. The cricket boards with the ICC must be very careful in this, it's 2012, a pro series like Garry Packer might not be to far off, and then what? Cricket as we know it, gone forever....

  • jmcilhinney on July 9, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    I think that it's a shame that we aren't getting to see KP play limited-overs cricket but I have no issue with his original decision and I have no issue with what he's saying here. Once again, it was most likely as a response to a question from a journalist, so it's not like he's lobbying to get back in the team. He's saying that he still wants to play T20, which he said from the start, and that he doesn't want to play ODIs with the schedule as busy as it is, which he said from the start. As for his what he thinks of the team's current form, I'd be surprised if he didn't regret not being out there at least a bit - what recently retired player doesn't miss the game - but I have no doubt that he is pleased for the guys who are out there playing and winning. I don't mind too much if KP doesn't come back. England has plenty of young, exciting players to step in and, even if it takes a little while for them to hit their straps, so be it. If we lose the WT20 this time, so be it.

  • YorkshirePudding on July 9, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    The reason there is no window for the ECB though only due to a few weeks over lap, is that its at the start of the English summer where as in 90% of cases the other boards seasons are closed, the only other board that feels the full impact is the WICB whos season peaks Mar/Apr...Also the thing KP forgets is that he was due a Break from ODI's this summer anyway, mind you we all remember his outburst when he was dropped from the Pakistan series, so didnt win any fans there.

  • g.narsimha on July 9, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Good idia u r real GEM pl come back we want to see u in all form of cricket , even though u r team is doing wonders at present particularly in ENG they miss u out side particularly in SUB CONTINENT .

  • Selassie-I on July 9, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    I hope the ECB can see sense and let him play in the t20 WC, they should let him give up the odis as special dispensation so we can use the team to give international experience to players to test their metal before the test team.

  • PACERONE on July 9, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    There is a guy who thinks that he is bigger than the game.Change the rules to please me.He will decide to play ODI when there are no 50 over matches scheduled before the T20...then retire after the T20 games.

  • mgsub on July 9, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    A lot older and more mature? From May? Give me a break. You just want back in the side because England is on a dream run. If I were a member of the selectors, you would never get your spot back unless you earn it. Pietersen is an arrogant jerk to think he can quit, sell out and turn his back on his team then expect to be added with open arms when it is on his terms. He should get to the back of the line. There are more deserving people who should be invited to the team and not just an opportunistic loser who wants to remain in the limelight of the T20 World Cup.

  • Riderstorm on July 9, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    With what conviction do these guys make their decisions?? It was ganguly and now pietersen. Ganguly, he was not in touch with the game for a long while before he retired. It was late by then. He made a fool out of himself by saying that he regrets his decision to retire and assuming that he had two years of cricket left in him. He played 5 years of IPL, and was struggling for most part. Pietersen, I respected his decision and his guts to stand up to what was right. He is spoiling that good name now.

  • RodStark on July 9, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    It's quite simple really. What he should do is come out of retirement before the World T20s, retire again afterwards, unretire for the next series he wants to play in, and so on. This sounds silly, but it's not that different from what Tendulkar is doing for India--announcing whether or not he's available for ODIs on a series by series basis. Unfortunately, Kevin does not have quite the prestige where he could get away with that, so I think my retire/unretire idea might work for him.

  • landl47 on July 9, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    As usual, Pietersen's ability to think logically is practically non-existent. The ECB didn't prevent him from playing in the IPL. All they wanted was for him to play for England according to the terms of his contract. The same is true for Australia and SA; their players play in the IPL if they want to, but they don't 'retire' from international cricket or take breaks from the national side to enable them to do so. The only team which has compromised is the WI, and look where that has left them- being pounded by England while Gayle, Bravo, Smith and Narine are playing IPL. It's interesting that Pietersen's family sees this situation a whole lot more clearly than he does. Maybe they can talk some sense into him.

  • on July 9, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    KP I'm a Pakistan fan, but I have lots of respect for you. You are a truly world class player and I wanna see you back in the action very soon in all formats of the cricket. I always enjoyed your batting in every format of cricket and still wanna see your classy batting in all formats very soon................

    Plzzzz ........ come back again.......in all formats.

  • the_wallster on July 9, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    The word 'mature' in the context of Pietersen is a one which may never be used. He has made enemies wherever he has been, because he is unable to to be that very word. He ditched South Africa because he wasn't getting what he wanted, and he's ditched the captaincy, and now he's ditched England, for the very same reasons. It was about time someone stood up to him.

  • Charlie101 on July 9, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Poor KP - it is a bit like the girlfriend you dumped , turning up looking faulous and sexy and having to smile thinking what a huge mistake you have made. Lets hope KP has a change of mind as I think we could win the world 20/20 and the 2015 world ODI the way we are playing but need KP in both teams.

  • Muhtasim13 on July 9, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    I'm sure he was expecting England to get thrashed by Australia in his absence in the ongoing series. It must be stinging him a bit that the team is indeed performing well without him. Nevertheless, he's still an awesome player

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  • Muhtasim13 on July 9, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    I'm sure he was expecting England to get thrashed by Australia in his absence in the ongoing series. It must be stinging him a bit that the team is indeed performing well without him. Nevertheless, he's still an awesome player

  • Charlie101 on July 9, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Poor KP - it is a bit like the girlfriend you dumped , turning up looking faulous and sexy and having to smile thinking what a huge mistake you have made. Lets hope KP has a change of mind as I think we could win the world 20/20 and the 2015 world ODI the way we are playing but need KP in both teams.

  • the_wallster on July 9, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    The word 'mature' in the context of Pietersen is a one which may never be used. He has made enemies wherever he has been, because he is unable to to be that very word. He ditched South Africa because he wasn't getting what he wanted, and he's ditched the captaincy, and now he's ditched England, for the very same reasons. It was about time someone stood up to him.

  • on July 9, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    KP I'm a Pakistan fan, but I have lots of respect for you. You are a truly world class player and I wanna see you back in the action very soon in all formats of the cricket. I always enjoyed your batting in every format of cricket and still wanna see your classy batting in all formats very soon................

    Plzzzz ........ come back again.......in all formats.

  • landl47 on July 9, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    As usual, Pietersen's ability to think logically is practically non-existent. The ECB didn't prevent him from playing in the IPL. All they wanted was for him to play for England according to the terms of his contract. The same is true for Australia and SA; their players play in the IPL if they want to, but they don't 'retire' from international cricket or take breaks from the national side to enable them to do so. The only team which has compromised is the WI, and look where that has left them- being pounded by England while Gayle, Bravo, Smith and Narine are playing IPL. It's interesting that Pietersen's family sees this situation a whole lot more clearly than he does. Maybe they can talk some sense into him.

  • RodStark on July 9, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    It's quite simple really. What he should do is come out of retirement before the World T20s, retire again afterwards, unretire for the next series he wants to play in, and so on. This sounds silly, but it's not that different from what Tendulkar is doing for India--announcing whether or not he's available for ODIs on a series by series basis. Unfortunately, Kevin does not have quite the prestige where he could get away with that, so I think my retire/unretire idea might work for him.

  • Riderstorm on July 9, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    With what conviction do these guys make their decisions?? It was ganguly and now pietersen. Ganguly, he was not in touch with the game for a long while before he retired. It was late by then. He made a fool out of himself by saying that he regrets his decision to retire and assuming that he had two years of cricket left in him. He played 5 years of IPL, and was struggling for most part. Pietersen, I respected his decision and his guts to stand up to what was right. He is spoiling that good name now.

  • mgsub on July 9, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    A lot older and more mature? From May? Give me a break. You just want back in the side because England is on a dream run. If I were a member of the selectors, you would never get your spot back unless you earn it. Pietersen is an arrogant jerk to think he can quit, sell out and turn his back on his team then expect to be added with open arms when it is on his terms. He should get to the back of the line. There are more deserving people who should be invited to the team and not just an opportunistic loser who wants to remain in the limelight of the T20 World Cup.

  • PACERONE on July 9, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    There is a guy who thinks that he is bigger than the game.Change the rules to please me.He will decide to play ODI when there are no 50 over matches scheduled before the T20...then retire after the T20 games.

  • Selassie-I on July 9, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    I hope the ECB can see sense and let him play in the t20 WC, they should let him give up the odis as special dispensation so we can use the team to give international experience to players to test their metal before the test team.