World Cup 2015 February 4, 2015

Pietersen to commentate at World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kevin Pietersen will not play a part in England's World Cup campaign but he has been given the opportunity pass judgement on their efforts - as long as Eoin Morgan's side reach the quarter-finals.

Pietersen has been signed up by the BBC as a guest summariser for the knockout stages of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand. He will join the Test Match Special team in March to commentate alongside former England team-mate Graeme Swann, among others.

It will not be Pietersen's first foray into broadcasting. He commentated for ESPN Star Sports during the 2012 World T20, a period when he had been excluded from the England team, and ventured up to the Channel Ten commentary box during the recent Big Bash, as well as wearing an on-pitch mic while playing for Melbourne Stars.

"I'm really looking forward to working with the Test Match Special team at the World Cup," Pietersen said. "I really enjoyed having a go at some commentary during the Big Bash and it will be good to return to Australia for the climax of what should be a really exciting tournament."

Another of Pietersen's former England colleagues, Jonathan Trott, will also be at the tournament as part of ESPN's coverage.

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