ICC World Twenty20 2012 July 18, 2012

Pietersen out of World Twenty20 squad

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Kevin Pietersen has been omitted from England's provisional 30-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka later this year, despite his insistence that he was available for the event. The announcement suggests Pietersen is unlikely to end his premature retirement from limited-overs internationals in the near future.

Pietersen, who was player of the tournament when England won the World T20 in the Caribbean in 2010 - the only global trophy they have ever won - has always maintained his desire to play in England's defence. Last week he said he would also be open to an ODI return if his schedule could be lessened. "I would love to play for another three or four years in all forms of cricket," he said.

Under the terms of England central contracts, a player cannot be considered for one format of the limited-overs game unless they are available for both. While Pietersen's comments suggest he is prepared to play all formats, the England management still consider him 'retired' as he remains reluctant to commit to the team's full schedule.

Andy Flower, the England team director, responded to the news that Pietersen's representatives were in talks with the ECB by saying that the situation had not changed and that a return was unlikely. He appears to have got his way, with Alex Hales, who scored 99 on his return to the T20I side against West Indies in June, likely to continue as opener.

The final squad will be cut to 15 by August 18, ahead of the start of the tournament in mid-September. England's first game will be against Afghanistan on September 21, with India also in Group A. While there is scope for players outside the 30 to be named in the final 15, it can only happen in exceptional circumstances. That usually means injury.

While there is no place for Pietersen, there are recalls for England's ODI captain, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, who has recently made a successful return to the ODI side, Michael Lumb, who opened for England in the Caribbean in 2010, and Gareth Batty, who enjoyed a good domestic T20 season with Surrey. Joe Root, the young Yorkshire batsman, is also included for the first time, as is Lancashire's Steven Croft, alongside other young players such as Ben Stokes, James Taylor and Jos Buttler.

Matt Prior, England's Test wicketkeeper who has continued to impress in limited-overs cricket at domestic level, is also an intriguing selection and offers a potential alternative to Craig Kieswetter.

Provisional squad Stuart Broad (capt), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Gareth Batty, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Scott Borthwick, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Steven Croft, Steven Davies, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, Stuart Meaker, Eoin Morgan, Graham Onions, Samit Patel, Matt Prior, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | July 20, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    To be fair, KP retired and he is not OUT of the team.. As simple as that.. KP is happy post retirement and ECB has good enough replacements.. And, still the media and some section of fans whine bout it..

  • POSTED BY neerajprasher on | July 20, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    I CAN BET THIS TEAM WILL BE OUT AFTER FIRST ROUND.THEY WILL WIN AGAINST AFGANISTAN THATS IT.KP IS A GREAT PLAYER PICK HIM.

  • POSTED BY Maccanui on | July 19, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Excellent decision. ECB shouldn't be dictated to by an egomaniac with the maturity of a 4 year old so glad to see they've stuck to their guns on this one. For now at least.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 19, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    @ Vilander on (July 19 2012, 13:14 PM GMT) There obviously will be a clamour for KP to come back at some point but how can you have a player dictating terms like KP is trying to do? As I put in a previous post , what happens if Eng agree to KP having the NZ series off so he can play full IPL and then other players (eg Swann,Anderson,Broad) get picked for IPL and they ask for the same deal? No one is denying KP his fun in the sun and if he wants to retire from England duties then (sad as it may be) then that's up to him.But if England bow to this demand then other players will start making similar demands and before you know it we have 4 or 5 players who want the same test series off. Also do you seriously think that if ECB gave KP this time off , he would not let them down again ? If you worked for someone (contracted) say as a builder and you asked if you could have time off to work for another building firm what do you think your boss would say?

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Let me put this as diplomatically as I can....KP would be an asset at the WC..agreed. However, what is more important.. the principles that the whole squad accept or the money grabbing aspirations of one player who may or may not help win the T20 world cup... Sometimes it is better to stand by your principles and lose rather than abandon them in the hopes of winning. And anyway, is the T20 WC really that important !!!

  • POSTED BY axe_hay on | July 19, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Peter Trego and Graham Napier are T20 Specialists and hard hitters. They should have been in this list. And where is Jimmy Hildreth ???? James Talyor should be in the test squad and not in the T20 probables list !!!!

  • POSTED BY dariuscorny on | July 19, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    well the moment Eng gets battered in SC and in t20 WC this year they will cry for KP immediate selection and i bet 5wombats will come out of the hole and will be the first person to urge(cry)......lols.again KP is a great player he should have been considered

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | July 19, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @stormy16 - Prior has had plenty of chances in ODI cricket and consistently fluffed them all, but his form in the domestic T20 certainly warranted him getting into at least the 30 man squad here. Croft and Wright are good picks for me - I'd be surprised if one of them doesn't go to Sri Lanka!

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | July 19, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    KP has hurt the English ego, and flower who wants to be accepted in his surrogate country desperately, is trying his best to prove himself as an Englishman. This is just a Ego battle poor KP is stuck in the middle of it, the man wants to play for his country at the same time make the money deserved by international class athletes what is wrong with that ? dosent amir khan,rooney make millions why should kp not make ? KP go play in domestic levle well and if need be switch to ireland.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | July 19, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    alrite you know what, KP should keep playing well in domestic and t20 leagues and keep saying that he wants to represent England in all formats for next 3-4 years. Once Eng get humiliated in the SC and in Wt20 everyone will clamour for his name. Its gayle vs WICB 2.0 pathetic ECB, expected more from English people honestly.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | July 20, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    To be fair, KP retired and he is not OUT of the team.. As simple as that.. KP is happy post retirement and ECB has good enough replacements.. And, still the media and some section of fans whine bout it..

  • POSTED BY neerajprasher on | July 20, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    I CAN BET THIS TEAM WILL BE OUT AFTER FIRST ROUND.THEY WILL WIN AGAINST AFGANISTAN THATS IT.KP IS A GREAT PLAYER PICK HIM.

  • POSTED BY Maccanui on | July 19, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Excellent decision. ECB shouldn't be dictated to by an egomaniac with the maturity of a 4 year old so glad to see they've stuck to their guns on this one. For now at least.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 19, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    @ Vilander on (July 19 2012, 13:14 PM GMT) There obviously will be a clamour for KP to come back at some point but how can you have a player dictating terms like KP is trying to do? As I put in a previous post , what happens if Eng agree to KP having the NZ series off so he can play full IPL and then other players (eg Swann,Anderson,Broad) get picked for IPL and they ask for the same deal? No one is denying KP his fun in the sun and if he wants to retire from England duties then (sad as it may be) then that's up to him.But if England bow to this demand then other players will start making similar demands and before you know it we have 4 or 5 players who want the same test series off. Also do you seriously think that if ECB gave KP this time off , he would not let them down again ? If you worked for someone (contracted) say as a builder and you asked if you could have time off to work for another building firm what do you think your boss would say?

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Let me put this as diplomatically as I can....KP would be an asset at the WC..agreed. However, what is more important.. the principles that the whole squad accept or the money grabbing aspirations of one player who may or may not help win the T20 world cup... Sometimes it is better to stand by your principles and lose rather than abandon them in the hopes of winning. And anyway, is the T20 WC really that important !!!

  • POSTED BY axe_hay on | July 19, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Peter Trego and Graham Napier are T20 Specialists and hard hitters. They should have been in this list. And where is Jimmy Hildreth ???? James Talyor should be in the test squad and not in the T20 probables list !!!!

  • POSTED BY dariuscorny on | July 19, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    well the moment Eng gets battered in SC and in t20 WC this year they will cry for KP immediate selection and i bet 5wombats will come out of the hole and will be the first person to urge(cry)......lols.again KP is a great player he should have been considered

  • POSTED BY SDHM on | July 19, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    @stormy16 - Prior has had plenty of chances in ODI cricket and consistently fluffed them all, but his form in the domestic T20 certainly warranted him getting into at least the 30 man squad here. Croft and Wright are good picks for me - I'd be surprised if one of them doesn't go to Sri Lanka!

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | July 19, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    KP has hurt the English ego, and flower who wants to be accepted in his surrogate country desperately, is trying his best to prove himself as an Englishman. This is just a Ego battle poor KP is stuck in the middle of it, the man wants to play for his country at the same time make the money deserved by international class athletes what is wrong with that ? dosent amir khan,rooney make millions why should kp not make ? KP go play in domestic levle well and if need be switch to ireland.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | July 19, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    alrite you know what, KP should keep playing well in domestic and t20 leagues and keep saying that he wants to represent England in all formats for next 3-4 years. Once Eng get humiliated in the SC and in Wt20 everyone will clamour for his name. Its gayle vs WICB 2.0 pathetic ECB, expected more from English people honestly.

  • POSTED BY dadvoc on | July 19, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    this is how a serious cricket board should roll, once you've announced retirement, you are out. No childplay, no second comings. I hope PCB has learnt a lesson or two out of this.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    I'm a Pakistan fan.......but I like pietersen very much. He is a classy player, such fantastic player. I have seen his classic innings against Australia when they were almost unbeatable, but pietersen batted brilliantly well against them.......

    So plz bring pietersen back in all formats of the game........... best of luck to Pietersen.........

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | July 19, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    I cant believe the ECB and KP couldnt work out a plan as it seems both parties want KP in the WC but are unable to get past red tape - like Gayle and the Windies. The I also cant understand how Prior doesnt play limited over T20 cricket for Eng. He is surely the best option to even take a chance as an opener. Keisweter is ok but nothing special and surely Prior needs to be given ago but may its too late already.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 19, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @maddy20 on (July 19 2012, 10:02 AM GMT) I know who was man of the tournament , but you can't have someone who thinks he's bigger than the team in the side. Personally I worry about how he'll do in the tests but hope he proves me wrong. KP is a huge player and our side would benefit greatly from him being in it but if you start having players dictating terms then it creates divides within the side. What happens if Eng say yes to KPs time off for NZ tests to play for IPL and then Broad or any other players IPL pick up ask for the same time off? It would be deemed unfair to give KP time off and not others.

  • POSTED BY Daffodil58 on | July 19, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Surely they mean Robert Croft, not Steven Croft! As for KP, getting very boring now. Let's leave him out of all formats, so that he can have enough time to play in the various 20/20 tournements around the world and boost his obviously 'meagre' bank balance.

  • POSTED BY Damo_s on | July 19, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Firstly, I dont agree with KP in the way he has gone about this. He should have done it after the world cup. Without a doubt he is one of our best players and England will miss him. That said, we seem to have done ok without him so far but only time will tell. Secondly I think he has a point and the ECB need to reconsided their general stance. I think players should be allowed to play in the IPL. All the other big players do and it seems top be a fantastic learning experience for all those involved. It would let England players get some experience of it, and give a small window of opportunity for uncapped players to play for England whilst away. It seems like a win win situation to me but the ECB are being a bit too bloody minded about it. Having said there. where will it stop? If the ECB sanction this for the IPL what about other T20 tournaments? Something needs to be done and KP was probably the right man to instigate the process. Its up to the ECB to stop living in the past.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | July 19, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    @JG2704 I would also urge you to look up who was the man of the tournament when England won the T20 WC.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | July 19, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @5wombats I was arguing about recent performances. As for 160, our bowlers were stupid enough not to appeal for three edges. With so many chances even my grandma would score a century. Watch the highlights and see for yourself. @JG2704 Funny that the 7th ranked T20 side is the first team to win the T20 WC. 1)Be advised that 3 consecutive T20 WCs are to be held in India. 2)KP's 50 is the only reason England won the T20 in India. 3)His likely replacements, Jos Buttler , Johnny Bairstow etc., failed miserably in the champions league. You can't just replace a player like KP. With his talent could easily walk into any side in the world eyes closed(just like he walked into England after playing International U-19 for South Africa)!

  • POSTED BY A_Vacant_Slip on | July 19, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    @wombat u r at it again! Biting India fan ha ha! @maddy is completely afraid of Andrew Strauss with his fine record in India. This is why he ignore it. They will need dynamite to get Struass out in India! Enjoy the series!

  • POSTED BY sathimatimro on | July 19, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    I wonder england will go without kp to lanka. It might be the strategy of ECB to include at the last moment so that other team might have short or have no time to be prepared against him.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 19, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Funny to see all the fans of 7th best T20 side telling England fans/ECB what they should do etc etc?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 19, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    @gunnerr4life on (July 18 2012, 14:38 PM GMT) lucre is your answer. Also several Eng players tried for IPL inc Swann and Bopara but weren't picked

  • POSTED BY lankan_style on | July 19, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    This is simple as this; England will not, I repeat they will not challenge any team without Pietersen in the team. Are you kidding me? Who saved them against Pakisthan? Its a pitty the English Cricket Board doesn't realize this. Well, England LUCK may be with you!

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    With or Without Pieterson, its still very Unlikely England will win the cup considering they are playing in slow turning and humid wickets/conditions. England should be proud if they reached the semi-finals because its more likely either Sri Lanka, Pakistan or South Africa will win the cup. Also I don't understand why a lot is standing up for Pieterson because the ECB has done the right thing and simply his attitude is terrible.

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | July 19, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    @5wombats, calm down mate, whatever you try to say maddy20 is going to find faults on ENGLAND NO.1 Status, India as a team won 1 - 0 against a weak NZ in 2009 and calling that as an achievement that helped to attain No.1 in tests, well If India deserves no.1 in tests, England deserves it much better with the form now. But that doesnt mean, we english fans compare them to aussies of late 90s and windies of 80s, those were invincibles, at moment ENGLAND plays much better cricket than INDIA. maddy20, howl or not, you will get more sour grapes by end of series, we have imported sour grapes to supply to you all. cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY buncers on | July 19, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    How crazy - why are the ECB trying to punish him?

    The rest of the world are so relieved to have to not bowl at KP in the t20 world cup.

    England selectors are mad.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Who does he think he is? He only played for us to get publicity and limelight. He never had England in his heart. He only cares about his own igo,. No loss. He has not done well at all in ODI's and just managed to score in tests after a two year laps. We have done very well without his presence. The team are much better and happier without his presence in the squad.

    Well done England management. Show them who the bosses are.

  • POSTED BY ste13 on | July 19, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Good decision. With the young talent, England have, they are capable of winning the event, even without Pietersen. In fact every team with a bit of luck is able to win - that's the nature of 20/20 and knock-out status of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | July 19, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    @maddy20. So let's see if we've got this right. 1) Only games in india count. 2) An England player makes 3 centuries in 10 Test match Innings in india, 160 in a WC ODI v india in 2011, BUT 3) These 4 Strauss centuries in india don't count. That all makes perfect sense. Thanks for clearing that up for us. Now - what were you saying about "silly"?

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | July 19, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    very difficult for the English to defend their title now. Most of their batsman are useless in the subcontinent.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 19, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    @Jhonny James, maybe, but the main difference is that England dont need KP as much as the West indies need Gayle, had England lost the WI's ODI series and T20 game, followed by a heavy loss to Aus in the ODI's then he would have had a bargaining chip, but they didnt. Thats why he u-turned, when he saw that he wasnt needed.

  • POSTED BY VivTheKing on | July 19, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Very funny to read the comments of the English fans. Peiterson will be always the legend. Forget about defending the crown, i will not be surprised if they are knocked out by a minnow. Without pieterson, they cannot amass a total of 150 runs in 20 overs, It is proven. Bopara is useless and the english fans and andy flower will be ashamed for backing up 'bopra' instead of peterson.

  • POSTED BY Sandeep.M.J.D on | July 19, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    KP, let us know if you are willing to play for India along side your 3 month contribution to IPL every year. Though it is a bit tough to find a spot, we are open for you.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    KP should go back to SA and play for his real country..

  • POSTED BY rydberg on | July 19, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    chris termlett, michael yardy, ajmal shezhad??????????

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | July 19, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    KP is a very good performer even in ASIA, when others in ECB are not. Even in IPL, he had a descent performance for DD. Gayle after picked by RCB, had a very good performance and now every other team is envying. Likewise will Peiterson switch to SA...?

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    :( , KP is not being handled right by ECB. he is by far the best player England have. his presence in the line-up keeps opposition at bay...how could they treat him so badly. i know ECB don't want others to follow KP's foot steps, but heavy scheduling needs to change. it is time boards let players play in IPL (so players can earn money) and give players some liberty to skip series they want to skip. i hate to see KP, such a great talent, retire so early.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Its tragic but good news as well as for as concern cricket is gentle and cool minded people game...england set good example for missbehave young telent all over the world

  • POSTED BY sherishahmir on | July 19, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Right decision by ECB, KP should be mindful and understand the implications before making hasty decision of his retirement from limited formats and making public announcement, though without any doubt he is the one of the top match winning player in current lot, but nothing should be above the discipline!

  • POSTED BY aashishcalla on | July 19, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Where's Owais Shah??

    After his performance in IPL 2012 on similar pitches that we'll see in the world cup, he seemed an automatic choice in the final 15, but he isn't even in the 30 !! Unbelievable !!

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | July 19, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    I guess ECB has taken a right decision. In a team game a player doesnt make a team. It is XI vs XI. First his cry of never been looked after was over the top but now if KP is demanding to play in IPL uninterrupted to take back his retirement is plain unreasonable and wrong. Being a professional cricketer with a central contract KP can not ask to be treated differently then rest of the 15 guys. KP needs to understand that world moves on..at the end the loss will be his if he ends up loosing his England place for 45 days of IPL!

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | July 19, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    KP's cry was in vain.... Eng will regret somewhat for not including the star player & one of the main man of the last edition !!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    flower distroyed zimbabwe cricket and now is looking to do same with English cricket. simple is that.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | July 19, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    No player is bigger than the game; but cricket administrators are. They do not utilize resources because of ego. I am not an England supporter; but not seeing KP play in the WT20 feels deprived as a cricket fan.

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | July 19, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    I am a Pakistan Fan but the only player i like best in England is KP... This type of contract is lame... Other countries have players who either play Tests or T-20s... Lets say Afridi who plays only ODIs & T-20s... I dont think this should be an issue. KP is a blaster, he should be in the team.

  • POSTED BY mehulmatrix on | July 19, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Very good move by ECB. Hope they stick to their stance till end. No need to bow down to whims to good players. Team and Game are much bigger. I wonder why 30 men squad are declared only to be trimmed to 15 later? Having around 20 makes sense, but 30 is way too much.

  • POSTED BY Left_Arm_Lollipop on | July 19, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Hmmm Pietersen or no Pietersen...I don't see the rest of the world with more talent in this version of the game, making silly mistakes again, allowing England to fluke through to anywhere near the title, again. A decent test side (probably the best bowling side in tests, today) Not a T20I team though....I'm afraid.On these fat tracks...the bowling by J. Anderson, S. Broad, T. Bresnan, Finn, Dernbach, et al will account for very little.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    KP out of world T20!!!!! Great news for us afghan fans

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    the english cricket administrators seem to have taken a page from their counterparts in the west indies . they are dealing with KP just as Gayle was treated.

  • POSTED BY Akshita29 on | July 19, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    KP will not give up on tests simply because he likes the buzz around the ASHES . I just hope he takes out all the grudge against ECB or flower on the poor south African bowlers . Watch out Steyn and CO . . U guys are in for a lot of punishment from an angry KP .... haaa haaa

  • POSTED BY Akshita29 on | July 19, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    KP was the no 1 ranked t 20 player in the world and that for a reason . He has performed well in almost every t2o match in past 2 years in every condition .KP demands to play IPL to come back to odis . But he has no such demand for t20s . He was forced to retire from t20 s. When England would loose every match in t20 world cup in the super 8 round ECB would say '' For the greater good of English cricket we have given up the ICC world T20 cup ." lol..." This is just nonsense not to play your best player in the world cup . I just hope I am wrong and England do well in in the world cup and may be at least reach the semifinal stage.

  • POSTED BY hoko7354 on | July 19, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    KP sign up to play for the NZ Black Caps! We would love to have you!!!

  • POSTED BY NaniIndCri on | July 19, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Good for other teams. Thank you ECB.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    In my opinion only 5 out this 30 man squad are guaranteed of a spot in the final 15. Broad, Jimmy , Morgs, Swann, Bopara, its a young squad and they are equally talented. Good to see Luke Wright back in the squad. He can be a dangerous 20 /20 player. Taylor and Hales are looking good at the moment as well. This says a lot about English cricket at this time. Things are looking bright.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | July 18, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    @200ondebut: you haven't quite got it, I'm afraid. There is a huge difference between 'rules you have made up yourself' and a contract! If one party doesn't like the contract, he doesn't sign it - that seems simple enough. KP signed his contract, then attempted to alter it to suit his lifestyle/ priorites, after having first broken it. Andy Flower has tried & tried to get KP to 'think team' - and for a while I thought he'd managed it - but just when KP's ego has reduced sufficiently for him to see things from a more objective perspective, up it swells again - to the point where he believes that the world revolves round him & his requirements - which is where he started. Don't get me wrong - he has a phenomenal talent, but what a shame he chose to be a cricketer, in other words, a team player. He'd have done better as a golfer or a tennis player. Ultimately, I feel sorry that he is as he is. I wish he weren't - but we can't create chaos by ignoring contracts as/when we feel like it.

  • POSTED BY Jimmers on | July 18, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Probably the right decision by ECB/Flower in the end - but they could end up looking daft if whoever they bring in to replace KP doesn't fire. No question he should be in the team, and it will be a poorer tournament without him, but he brought it on himself. I wonder if in 10 years we'll look back at this and say he wasted his talent with greed/petulance/ego.. or if it will go down as a silly board being to rigid/short-sighted/old fashioned etc. Probably depends how we perform with him not there, but that's out of his and the board's hands already.

  • POSTED BY cric698 on | July 18, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    'Darshan Dias Abeysinghe ' you say he never has any time off. This just isnt true, he had 3 months where he wasnt playing last year, would also have been rested from WI series this summer and doesnt play any county cricket. Hardly worked into the ground.

    I had sympathy for his retiring from 1 day cricket as there are too many matches, but you cant say one week that your playing too much cricket and need to rest and spend time with your family.....and then the next week offer to play ALL cricket for England IF he can play a full IPL season. What happened to rest and time with the family!

    I think a lot of people feel as I do that it has become clear he cares less about family time/rest and more about making money. If thats his aim then he should go for it, but he must stick to ECB rules when he signs his contract.....if he doesnt like it then dont sign the contract in September taking his chance he will be chosen in Tests. I suspect that would be the end of his International career.

  • POSTED BY vxttemp on | July 18, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    England may pay the price by dropping Kevin. Kevin may sound like arrogant or something, but I don't see neither Andy flower nor ECB being different here. What is the price of all this? It could be a world cup. On the other side, England might find a new hero, but how often that happens in any sport.

  • POSTED BY touqeer777 on | July 18, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    It was KP who won the world cup for England otherwise its no way england could won the world cup.I know it was his his childish decision to announced the retirement but still he can be forgiven.KP is one of the most stylish batsman in modern cricket whether its T20,ODI or test cricket.KP we all fans will miss u in WC 2012 in Sri Lanka.I do not think this England team can defend their title without KP.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    If Maynard was still alive.he would have been in the squad

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | July 18, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    @5wombats A usual expected silly response from you. You see I am not talking about history. I am talking about recent performances. You are talking about 160 in wc, I am talking about the 150 he scored in the entire series in UAE at an average of 25 and 114 in two matches vs SL in SL at an average of 28.5. So in last 10 innings in spin friendly conditions he scored 264 at an average of 26.4. ! Yeah a no.1 team that cannot win a series in either of the three major test playing nations of Asia -Ind,, Sl, Pak. What does one call such a number.1 side. Green track bullies? I rest my case!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    I can't see any suggestions for playing XI.1)hales 2)root 3)taylor 4)bopara 5)Morgan 6)bairstow 7)Davies 8)broad 9)woakes 10)swann 11)finn 12)croft 13)prior 14)Briggs/Borthwick 15)Meaker.I know ppl wouldn't agree with me but at my point of view this is the most talented team.

  • POSTED BY OhPakistan on | July 18, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Its just like authorities not allowing/including "ANDY MURRAY" to represent Briton in London Olympics ( for whatever reasons ) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    where is owais shah? r u kidding me??

  • POSTED BY kennethp on | July 18, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    KP has been a class of a cricketer...being there with the likes of Andrew Flintoff...winning the Ashes...beating Australia...etc etc etc...

    The guy did well in the IPLs ... as well as the 2010 T20 tournament which England won.

    But you know what? England cannot accept the comments he made when he said that England was "jealous" of India's IPL...that is why they try to boycott their players from being available for IPL matches...so I think they're just trying to GET BACK AT HIM...just shows how low they can stoop...if they continue like this it will be their undone(take lessons from the West Indies)...I personally like England team but such things will affect their players somehow...you will see the result of playing South Africa.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 18, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    I think the squad has to be treated as a snapshot of the players the selectors have their eye on in the England set-up. There are some who I hope will not be picked for the final 15, not because I think they aren't good players, but because I'd rather see them focussed on longer forms of the game. That group would include Borthwick and Briggs, who need to work on bowling aggressively and taking wickets, not on bowling negatively with no fielders round the bat and the sole aim of keeping the runs down, and Root and Taylor, whose technique is suited to the longer forms of the game and shouldn't be ruined as has been the case with so many young Indian batsmen. Otherwise, I think the final squad will be based on the team which has beaten India and Pakistan away and the WI in England in the last 3 series, minus KP- unless he decides to unretire himself.

  • POSTED BY Ponnahu on | July 18, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Why does the ECB feel they are so special? Isn't it just jealous of IPL, being a huge hit? Why cant they accept the most celebration of cricket in the history and allow their players as AUS, SA, WI, SL etc? Even NZ in May next year is not gonna have their full bench thanks to IPL. ECB is not reading the reality well.. they are nowhere in the limelight anymore.... If they are so strong get rid of the pride the earned through SA, PAK, IND born players..... lol.... no logic absolutely.....

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 18, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    KP decided to 'retire', no-one forced him out. He then let it slip that what he wanted was to play a full season of IPL and not play the international matches in England in the early part of the season. After that he would play all the games. So it had nothing to do with workload; he just thought he was so important he could demand what he wanted, threaten not to play if he didn't get his way and the ECB would give in. The ECB could not, of course, give way to that kind of demand and those who suggest they should (and there is no 'compromise' position they could adopt) don't know a thing about how to run an organization. Jimmy Anderson, who is one of the senior members of the squad and very important in the dressing room, made it clear what the England players think when he said the ECB's handling of the issue was 'brilliant.' Either KP comes to his senses or England should move on. He's only got 3 or 4 years left anyway- except in the IPL!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    The same English fans who are siding with ECB will be the same one's who will shout foul if England fail to defend the crown. Just like the WI cricket board I think Eng should do whatever they can to accommodate the best team. K.P is right to say he cannot play all matches all the time. You take into consideration the number of matches plus flights across the globe and the county matches your going to be very tired and K.P is not getting any younger. For those who are sitting at home saying K.P is a fool for retiring, what would you do if you boss told you NO VACATION you need to be at office everyday and if your not you have to work from home. Unlike when you and I go on vacation these guys need to maintain peak fitness. With all this I think K.P probably truly felt he could not play all forms all the time. It is the ECB's job to make sure their players are well managed. Last time there was a world cup someone had to be sent home cause he couldn't cope. Not good management of players.

  • POSTED BY mar2000 on | July 18, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Great move by England . KP is not bigger than the game . Afridi , Gayle and now KP . They all have it in their heads that the game need them in order for it to survive . Let them all know that they are EMPLOYEES and not EMPLOYERS. LONG LIVE CRICKET.

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | July 18, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Poor decision - England is a better team with KP in it. You have to be a poor manager to have to hide behind rules you have made up yourself.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    wel wel wel after all he is a human being and Super start ... but he does have his family and beautiful wife.....+ England play alot of cricket... but i think both parties have strong Opinions...Professionally Selctors did right i guesst..... but we need to see what is best in intrest of English cricket and World Cricket... i think alot of fans around the world would love to see Kp in Action... but Happy news for oppostion bowlers ....

  • POSTED BY Hello13 on | July 18, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    5wombatz- whats comical is Straus's record. Averages 41 in Test cricket, and hailed as an English hero. If england fielded a team of 11 english players, they'd be bottom

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    OH I SALUTE ECB! PCB U SHOULD LEARN SOMETHING FORM ECB!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    good news for all other teams. but i would of really like to see him play though

  • POSTED BY pawaramol22 on | July 18, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    arrogance vs arrogance. this will lead English cricket to downhill

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    No player is bigger than the team. Agreed. But, KP is no ordinary player. In T20s, he is infact bigger than the England team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    Ah well he's retired so we move on. A world class player, number one in the T20 rankings but its not like weve struggled so far without him. I'd go with an XI of Hales, Kieswetter, Bell, Bopara, Morgan, Taylor, Patel, Broad, Swann, Dernbach, Finn with Anderson, Bairstow, Davies and Bresnan in reserve. If KP comes out of retirement then have him open with Hales, Kieswetter at 6, drop Taylor to reserves and leave Bairstow out of the squad....job done! :D

  • POSTED BY punewar on | July 18, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    It does not matter England will loose or win but Pietersen is sitting at home and will watch WC, and he cant do anything about that. When India will take that step

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | July 18, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Most English fans agree with ECB stance while the ones who do not even follow English cricket feel the opposite...go figure..LMAO. Lots of dumb comments on here like "England will not get our of first round", etc. Anyway there is more to this saga down the road, in September when ECB hand out it's yearly contract. $600K vs $2 million....on the surface might be an easy choice for most but say you are KP...you decide to refuse the ECB contract and go the Chris Gayle route. Come April you slip in the shower and gets injured...bye bye $2 million. No match fee from ODIs or T20s since you retired already and only 5 Ashes test to look forward to in 2013. That ECB contract is looking mighty good right about now with you injured....just a though...

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | July 18, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    @desiboy80. You didn't read what I wrote. I wrote 10 TEST MATCH INNINGS. Do the math. If you don't believe us check the Cricinfo stats pages.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 18, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    So is KP actually still a T20/ODI Eng player? The reason I say this is that if KP is saying that he will do that so long as he can miss the NZ test series for IPL then I would find it really strange that Flower and co will go along with this. Got to be honest , I'm not even sure if having him in the test side is that good an idea if his head isn't right. I mean how is he going to feel about being ignored for the T20s. I can definitely see KP and Eng totally parting ways in all formats which is a shame and although he is a great player and a right KP would greatly increase our chances in the T20 WC , I can't see anything else happening but KP and Eng splitting

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 18, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    @Marcio on (July 18 2012, 13:27 PM GMT) - Poor results in SC ? - Remember this is T20 and we beat India in a one off game last year and Pak 2-1.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 18, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    @Proteas123 on (July 18 2012, 15:25 PM GMT) We have a saying over here "Give him an inch and he'll take a mile" . KP was giving it all the "I want to spend more time resting , with my family etc" and then when he suddenly wants to return it's under the proviso that he misses a test series - not so he can spend more time resting etc but to play more cricket , only in another country. Maybe I'm not speaking for everyone here but if he was honest about his reasons , although as an Eng fan I'd be disappointed , I'd understand. Also KP is the sort of individual who if you bowed to his IPL demand would start dropping Eng anytime a big paying T20 bash was offered to him

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 18, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    @m_rbhat on (July 18 2012, 14:34 PM GMT) Shah is a big talent but doesn't do it often enough. He was hardly Mr Consistent in IPL either , had a couple of decent inns but was made to look better by the quality of players around him

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | July 18, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    @Akshita29 on (July 18 2012, 14:12 PM GMT) - Strange really. England have a bog standard T20 tournament but a number 1 T20 side. India have the IPL and a bog standard national T20 side

  • POSTED BY Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on | July 18, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Good decision IMO, no player is greater than the team. Way to go KP

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    In the end, no one is bigger than the game itself. KP deserved this after his so called bold attitude. Good for others

  • POSTED BY Commenter123 on | July 18, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Wait, why is this a news? Didn't he retire already ?

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Playing or not playing should be the player's choice (including the coach). That is the point Kevin P and other players trying to say. What format Narine wants to play is his own choice. Bradman was luckier; he had no choice.

  • POSTED BY Desiboi80 on | July 18, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    @5wombats, if Strauss has made 3 centuries in 10 test than he didn't make a 100+ in his every 3rd visit to the crease as he had an opportunity to go to the crease 20 times. Not sure how many times he actually batted but I am sure it was more than 10 times. Not a bad record but just thought I would point it out.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    KP deserved it. PCB did the same recently by ignoring Muhammad Yousuf for Sri Lanka tour because Yousuf did not play domestic cricket. I wish same was done with Afridi when he was retired.

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | July 18, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    anyways this a great news for all the Other teams .and as for the England" another first round exit just got guaranteed "

  • POSTED BY pom_don on | July 18, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    He knew what he was doing when he signed the contract, would love to see him in the side but 100% agree with Flowers decision even if we lose the t20 champs. no player should be allowed to be in control that's what managers are for.

  • POSTED BY fr600 on | July 18, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    He is a great cricketer, ECB should have thought a few more times.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    I do not blame the selectors for ignoring KP, because he brought this situation upon himself. He will have to pay for his sins. God forgives, but not the selectors. He stuffed himself. No man is indispensable, that is the lesson KP hopefully has learnt.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | July 18, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    @maddy20 (July 18 2012, 15:05 PM GMT) - the usual ill-informed comical post from you; "Strauss comical versus spin..." ha ha - take a look at his record IN india before you make such a nonsensical statement. Strauss' record in Tests in india is better than most of the current india teams records in india - he hits a century on every third visit to the crease; 3 centuries in 10 Test match Innings in india. Maybe you were asleep during his 160 v india in the World Cup as well? As you often say - it doesn't count unless it's in india - but even when an England player does perform well in india - you still don't notice it. It's like you are screaming "I dont look at the facts". But then - when did you ever?

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | July 18, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    ECB thinks that they can win in Sri Lanka with out KP... Even with KP they wont win.. The Fast English track bullies Bell, Cook , Prior doesnt even qualify for a C grade India/Pak or SL team to play in sub Continent. Anderson and Broad , can only bowl in English or Aussie tracks... Swann - Crying bay always complain about dew!!! Most over rated team!! Even Afgan can beat them in Sub Continent.

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | July 18, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    England wont win any Test, ODI or T20 outside England without KP...

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    A great lesson to any other sportsman in any other country. No one is bigger than the game.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | July 18, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Who cares? it's only to play Disney cricket for disproportionate dosh. I won't be watching a ball of it. Total waste of space!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Well done, ECB! This shows nobody is bigger than the game. And just Pietersen's absence won't affect England's game.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Watch England get battered. By the time the World T20 tournament is done... we'll see another statement from the God of Zimbabwe (and England, of course).

  • POSTED BY M00DZ on | July 18, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Sure KP may have a huge ego but his got the skill and talent to back himself, I think both he and the ECB are being selfish, his playing for himself and the ECB is cutting its nose to spite its face, I highly doubt that England will win the T20 World Cup this year and one of the contributing factors will be KP absence.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    And no Gary Ballance in the squad, or hasn't he qualified yet? How about Andre Adams, he must be getting close and he's tearing it up this season, hits a heavy ball and bowls an even heavier one still.

  • POSTED BY gsamiru on | July 18, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    still feeling sad about the decision taken by KP..................... wrong decision at wrong time .............. now what to do :(

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    @Paul_JT. Trott is a surprise exclusion? It's a T20 squad, not a T200 squad. It's funny to sit back and watch English fans squirm over this. Always happy when KP is putting the ball into the stands, not so much when he opens his mouth. This is what happens when you sign a gun for hire, don't you watch any westerns? Morgan will be next, you can already see he only cares about limited overs cricket and lining his pockets in T20 tourneys.

  • POSTED BY RASIKAROX on | July 18, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Surely this is not a wise decision at all. ECB may have problems with a player like Pieterson. But he should definitely be in the T20 side. This time tournament is in Sri Lanka. England team always struggles in subcontinent conditions. History shows that only few English batsmen have succeeded there and KP is surely one of them. Therefore other teams will be very happy if he is not in the side. Hales got some runs in English conditions. But I don't think he'll do the same in Sri Lanka. Now only Morgan and Bopara is going to be the only batting hopes for England.

  • POSTED BY allblue on | July 18, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    @ m_rbhat & varunpal123 Owais had a good run in the ODI and T20 teams, but the management lost patience with his poor fielding. To get in any of the England sides these days a player has to be at a decent level in the field (they dropped Panear in SL last winter after his drops in the first Test) and Ace just doesn't cut it. As a Middlesex fan I've seen a lot of him and agree that he is a top quality bat, particularly in the shorter forms of the game, but he has always exasperated as much as he has enthralled.

  • POSTED BY raj_24 on | July 18, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    see the diff b/w ecb & BCCI w.r.t to big players ECB right and bcci wrong sachin picks n chooses while kp cannot superb ECB.

    The selfish Sachin wants to play for records and money while KP too is after the same(not records but just money).

    BCCI do not have guts to drop sachin!

    he is above team and country which happens only in india

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    big mistake..........KP should be in,it's a shame for cricket........

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | July 18, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Stuard Broad a captain? LOL. Is he going to take his daddy everywhere?

  • POSTED BY cadii on | July 18, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    hatsoff ECB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY mohamedamin on | July 18, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    England just lost the defence of their only major title they have won in Cricket....Did ECB forgot that KP was Man of the tournament that england won...KP maybe shld be think of playing for Ireland or Afganistan in the T20 tournament....just saying.....I think ECB forgeting Cricket is not abt Ego's anymore...its more about money....WICB had it the hard way with the Gayle Saga.....

  • POSTED BY Naren on | July 18, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Doesn't he deserve this for being stubborn? He just had to make himself available for ODIs until the T20 is over. Then he could have called it quits. Wrong timing and bit arrogant and paid the price.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    mascrenhas napier, 2 biggest hitters domestically and neither picked :/

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Pietersen's omission from the 20/20 squad is an example of the nose being cut off to spite the face. Don't England want to win? And, is the cricket-watching public not entitled to see England's most exciting player? WORSE STILL, this is indicative of an anti-Pietersen faction in the England dressing-room/management. If that's so, how long can he survive henceforth in test cricket?

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    They left out one of the most prolific t20 batsman!!!! Owais Shah... not good at all...

  • POSTED BY Narkovian on | July 18, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Get used to the beginning of the post - Pietersen era. Players who think they are bigger than the team are usually not missed in the dressing room of the team concerned. Did us ENG supporters really ever consider him a proper ENG player.? Or just someone who chose to play for ENG ? Come on now - be honest.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Eng wil strugle in srilanka execpt kp no one is capable of playin inthose conditions we all knw how eng. players performed in ipl n wc ...i knw t20 is an diff.... ball game but de conditions are same eng chances are very less. dnt forget kp is no 1ranked t20 batsman wid an avg of 40+ he knws how to construct innings in t20. Wid de captancy of broad u lost eng. ....

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    I Am a big fan Kevin but his decision of retiring of cricket is bad

  • POSTED BY ShortGully on | July 18, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Cook and Bell In T20 Squad and no KP..! C'mon ECB what is wrong with Trott..? Cook,Bell,Trott,Prior will be the Best Batting Order for T20's..LOL..!

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | July 18, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Phew! Way to go ECB/Flower! Well - this has been brewing for quite a while and now it's finally happened. KP will be wild! This is probably for the best. All 5 of us were at Trent Bridge to see the Alex Hales knock referred to in the article and it was a brilliant Innings. We have no shortage of fine young prospects here in England and now the door is open for some of them. Good news.

  • POSTED BY woodhaven on | July 18, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Well done ecb. That's the way it should be done. Fool pietersen, now will regret

  • POSTED BY funkyandy on | July 18, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    ha ha ha - Im sick of Pieterson's antics. He may be a really good player (not a great one), but its not worth all the hastle. Drop him and let him go and re-apply to represent South Africa.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | July 18, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    that's very bad decision by ECB , he was player of the tournament last time around.

  • POSTED BY vak1997 on | July 18, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    miss KP in action. but it was a hit-wicket for KP. he should have thought twice before announcing his retirement. it's a good news for the other teams though!

  • POSTED BY asterix.gaul on | July 18, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    KP bungled his moves. He should have kept mum till he got selected, played the WT20, and then pulled out the cards he did. Unfortunately, it appears he took some lines from the Shahid Afridi playbook - only to realize that the ECB is not the PCB. You botched it KP.

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | July 18, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    he is the best T20 Batsman in the world , we saw how DD become best to an ordinary Team without him during the IPL5 the same will happened to the England

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | July 18, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Good for England and Cricket. Now England should make team around IAN BELL as key Player. KP got enough time to prepare for IPL next season.

  • POSTED BY prannsshu on | July 18, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    well done ECB...... all cricket board should note this... none cricketer is bigger thn cricket............ kp is jst so selfish....

  • POSTED BY sameer111111 on | July 18, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Great news. Hope the BCCI show the same amount of steel and kick "one who must not be named" out of the squad instead of catering to vested commercial interests.

  • POSTED BY TusharArora on | July 18, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    No KP that's all right.why not owais shah.A class player playing all around the world.I feel bad for Owais.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    What this ungrateful guy , has not got from this english team wealth fame etc ,but still gready , how many players dream to play for their country but did not get chance , but here this guy wants whole world , good lesson for others also ...

  • POSTED BY phoenixsteve on | July 18, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    It's not about KP the cricketer it's more about KP the Ego! If only the one could be extracted from the other and maybe his mouth stitched up..... Really KP - good player that you are the game of cricket is much more important. The Engand schedule is brutal and I guess England should be greatful to KP for highlighting this? But wanting concessions to play in sub-standard crowd plasing slogs (AKA the IPL) is not the way to go! We would like to think it's "Queen and Country" before all else - but maybe South Africans don't get it? He might be missed but he shot himself in the foot? COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • POSTED BY Proteas123 on | July 18, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    @ asiacricket1234 - Pieterson is not playing for his country, he went to England for better oppertunities which he could not get in SA. He is very good and will now get more oppertunities in the IPL and perhaps in other leagues. It is strange that England is flexible to play non-english players but yet will not accomodate Pieterson playing T20.Guess they feel they are strong enough for now. They will change the rules when they start loosing again. Good luck KP!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    desreved it,TOO BIG for his own good

  • POSTED BY Paul_JT on | July 18, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    KP aside, the Selectors are consistent to a fault. Trott perhaps a surprise exclusion, as an established players in other formats, at expense of a young prospect such as Root, but that is it. Nice to see Batty and Croft rewarded for domestic performances.

  • POSTED BY simon_w on | July 18, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    I'm very much of the opinion that KP shouldn't be involved unless he is willing to put the team first, no matter how potentially valuable (or even critical) he is to the team. But let's not get ahead of ourselves here: this is a provisional squad only -- there's still room and time for KP to reconsider, or for the ECB to cave in. I would be very pleased to see the former, and very disappointed to see the latter, but in any event this issue is far from settled yet.

  • POSTED BY Snick_To_Backward_Point on | July 18, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Anyone quick to jump to KP's defence should think on this. It was the ECB that gave KP's profile the international boost it needed. Without the ECB's support and central contract KP may well have been a tiny foot note in SA cricket. KP's stratospheric rise was due to the platform and opportunity the ECB gave him. The IPL and sponsorships that followed were a direct result of that platform. The ECB are also attempting to build a structure for long-term dominance, there is absolutely no room for individuals with dubious loyalties in such a set up. Every man needs to know where he stands and the ECB needs to know where the player's motivations and loyalties lie. KP hasnt been prepared to commit to that ethos - which is fair enough - no-one can blame a man for wanting to feed his family, but he can't be peeved at the choice he has made. He knew the ECB's rules and requirements and decided to retire. Go into the sun KP and good luck.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    I agree totally with the England management. Kevin Pieterson is throwing tantrums all over the cricketing school yard. To whom much is given much is expected. He is a multimillionaire and the Joe Blokes who put their bums on the seats dont want to see his tears ,we want to be entertained..we want to see these rich men give us poor daily grinding fans something to cheer about. We the cricketing fans don't want to hear that you are tired...we don't want to hear that you want to play ipl and miss tests. We don't want sad stories nor that you aren't being taking car of.. If you weren't being taken care of you would be somewhere working from 9-5 like most of us out here.

  • POSTED BY BDibbs on | July 18, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Why the big headline? he decided he doesnt want to play limited overs, he was never going to be in the squad, move on, as has been said, nobody is bigger than the team. Good looking squad, nice mixture of experience and youth

  • POSTED BY ChobeMonster on | July 18, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    There is life after KP. Since he has retired from limited overs cricket, why should he be selected? Great player - maybe, but I find it hard to respect him as I would, say, Steve Waugh or Jaques Kallis because his ego is far too big and trips him up from time to time. Hope he does well in the test series against SA.

  • POSTED BY tusharkardile on | July 18, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    is Owais Shah retired as well?

  • POSTED BY Snick_To_Backward_Point on | July 18, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Marcio "considering the lack of experience and extremely poor results Eng have had in sub-continent conditions of late." - last time I looked the next WC was in Oz and NZL? I'm more concerned for the Aussies tbh - they're hosting the WC and frankly - they're shockingly bad.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Its a shocking news. KP should be there he is the match winner for england might be england forgotten their last T20 world cup he is the hero. they are doing big mistake i think KP should there. We miss u kevin pietersen

  • POSTED BY Noball_Specialist on | July 18, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Peterson was out of form for about 3 years and the ECB stood by him against oncomming criticisms. When he finally came back into some bludgeoning form - he throws his weight to hold ECB to ransom. Peterson absolutely deserves the omission. Ungrateful, egotistc and selfish player.

  • POSTED BY Snick_To_Backward_Point on | July 18, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    "I would love to play for another three or four years in all forms of cricket," he said. He went on to say "So long as it's when I say, where I say and for how much I say, I'm all Englands."

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | July 18, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Perhaps another international team has offered KP more money to represent them.

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | July 18, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    makes no difference that hes the best T20 in eng, hes also the best T20 player in the world. as much as i would like him in the squad. fully endorse the decision of his non selection. when will he think before he opens his daft mouth. he said only last year he wanted to play all forms of cricket till he was 35. then 14 days ago he does not want to play odis, then 5 days ago he does want to play all forms till again 35. as long as he can play the whole of the ipl. KP changes his opinion on any given day.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | July 18, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    I like the picture on the main cricinfo page from the england training session today, is it England's new tactic to make matches agains Australia more competetive?

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Cutting your nose off to spite your face. Hard to see where England will muster the batting firepower from to defend their trophy without KP. Morgan is very good but he can't do it alone.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | July 18, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Its like ECB is screaming "We don't want to defend our title. We want to gift it to someone else!". If they keep this up, KP will retire from tests too and they will be in a world of hurt when they tour the subcontinent. Strauss, Trott and Cook are comical versus spin. Bell and KP are the only good players of spin in the England side.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Well he didn't officially un-retire did he? Just said he would IF etc etc. So as it stand there was no way he could be named in the squad.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    - Shocking news, Miss you Kevin Pietersen :O

  • POSTED BY varunpal123 on | July 18, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    where is Owais Shah - after KP he happens to be the their next best T20 batsman...

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | July 18, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    have we not got a 42 year old to fit into the squad. australia have, so i want a brad hogg into the squad.

  • POSTED BY Malikmuhammadali on | July 18, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Its really shocking news...Why they did that? Unfair with kevin.......

  • POSTED BY OhPakistan on | July 18, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    KP ( and English cricket ) HARD DONE BY ! They should iron out the differences, better sense shld. prevail ( after all KP is one of FINEST player of OD/T20 ). Its bizarre - irrational !

  • POSTED BY Rajeshj on | July 18, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    sad to miss KP... I think ECB and Andy Flower are not too worried to win the trophy... Andy's statements before the Australian ODIs looked sympathetic towards KP... He must have thought that he has good replacements in Ian Bell and Alex Hales in place of KP... Sorry Andy... you are making a mistake.. I don't think these guys can play better outside England... KP is a man for all pitches... Having played unconditionally all these years, he does have the right to request rest .. what happened to Andy's favorite rotation policies.. are they only for bowlers??.. does he not care too much for his senior batsmen... I don't see a point in blaming KP for his ridiculous retirement announcement... the fault lies with Andy and ECB...

  • POSTED BY perl57 on | July 18, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Its really good that this happened. So we can pretty much be assured that Eng will not enter second round. With KP they can come all the way to Finals. But anyhoo, all those who think one sould put country above the rest, must seriously think if the same would be true with them. If they get a chance to work outside their home country, how many of us are not taking it. There is no point being sentimental fools. IPL is better than county and that is where KP will go. ECB will pay dearly for this mistake. Finally not only game but also people must understand few people for certain time are above the game. Would I watch cricket if there are no major players in the england cricket team? Obviously No. I would not like to waste my time. Bottom line, with KP gone it will be england's obituary. Tomorrow's NEWS "T20 Regning champs Eng lose againist Somalia in the first round first match and are kicked outside the T20 WC tournament 2012."

  • POSTED BY gunnerr4life on | July 18, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    i really appreciate this brave decision by the ECB .. KP had no intention to serve England in limited over format in future , infact he just wanted to play the t20 world cup ... And I don't get why he is crazy about IPL when most of the English players try to avoid it !

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | July 18, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    you had it coming Kevin - no one is bigger than the game - quite frankly, not even you!

  • POSTED BY i_witnessed_2011 on | July 18, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    and anybody know why Owais Shah not included... I felt he is in good touch while playing for Royals in IPL and he is good player in subcontinent condition. At least he deserve to be in probable 30...

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    English bufoons are worse than Indian Bufoons AKA BCCI. Put aside your petty squabbles and pick Pieterson already. Jeez.

  • POSTED BY duncanmoo on | July 18, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    @asiacricket1234 LOL "If you cant put your country infront of everything that you have no right to play for your country." - beyrayed one country, let down another country, and neither want him. Nice going KP!

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | July 18, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    great selection very good 30 men squad. who is KP? i think he retired from ODI and T20 soo early due to ego problem. but one day every player has to take retirement he took early many players take early retirement, whats NEW in this. SALUTE to ECB maintaining its pride & honour. WI also learn from ECB.

  • POSTED BY i_witnessed_2011 on | July 18, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Few years before, I remember cricinfo had separate link named "Sachin Tendulkar" (and also one for Ponting on Australia country specific site). I think now its time for "KP" link. He is the news maker of the month and deserves a special link to see news about him :) . In some upcoming media interaction with english players or SA players somebody will ask about his exclusion (even though it is pre Test match press conference) and reply to that question makes another news and so on.... .... (for example Q&A to Anderson to Yesterday) I am not against KP, But just wondering how some people get more media attention compare to others...

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 18, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    This is what happens when you announce your retirement from the ODI and T20i formats, you tend to get over looked by the selectors for those games.

  • POSTED BY Umpire_OUT on | July 18, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Wait KP!!ECB will have to take U turn..

  • POSTED BY _myk on | July 18, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    A slightly better chance in the T20 WC is not worth the damage letting KP pick and choose his games would bring to English cricket.

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | July 18, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    You feel it's only a matter of time before he's out of the test team also if his attitude doesn't change.

  • POSTED BY Akshita29 on | July 18, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    I don't think ECB has done the right thing . Looking from an ethical point of view this may sound like a good decision . But end of the day I believe England would struggle to win a single match in SL barring some minnow team without KP, forget about winning the cup . England is so obviously against ipl because they think it might ruin their cricketing culture .However nobody should forget it was England who was involved with that STANFORD T20 lol .....

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    The only people that really seem bothered about KP not being in the squad aren't English. Funny how when the ECB drop an "import" people say its a bad decision, yet then moan about foreign talent in the team when they play them!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    So no KP Switch hit at this WT20.. but I am going to make a bold prediction and say that he will make the last 15 somehow.. England cannot defend their crown without him 4 Sure..

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | July 18, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    With the embarrassment of riches that England currently enjoys in all forms of the game, the real headache is going to come in halving the 30 names announced here next month. Nonetheless, this long list is a way of demonstrating recognition of several players that they are indeed on the selectors' radar - and in this respect iit is heartening to see two highly competent pros who might not have reckoned that they were in with much of a shout: James Tredwell and, in particular, Gareth Batty. The inclusion of these two bear out my rather unoriginal point that spinners do not come into their own until they have had their 30th birthday (unless your name happens to be Shane Warne). This is a sane, logical & almost entirely predictable list and, if I have one reservation, it is the absence of Rikki Clarke. Overall, it's difficult to pick an argument with the selectors over this one, but doubtless someone will! KP's absence is easily explained to anyone who remembers the boy who cried, 'Wolf!'

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | July 18, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    "George Dobell has omitted the most crucial demand of KP - to play a full season of the IPL - from his conditions for his re-entry as a one day player. This obviously was the sticking point for Flower and the ECB. No player will be given the right to choose the IPL over England duty."

    100% CORRECT Jackiethepen and poor journalism to leave this vital point out.

  • POSTED BY cricket4every on | July 18, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    It can never happen in india..Brave decision

  • POSTED BY allblue on | July 18, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Talking to friends, and judging from comments here, most England fans are supportive of the ECB's position, as I am. England did not 'leave KP out', he left himself out by looking to break the terms of the central contract he signed, and trying to create a situation designed to suit himself with no regard for the wider game in England. Had the ECB caved in, chaos would ensue as players all looked to follow suit. In a team game all players must be committed to the collective cause, and the awful mess that the WI have had to deal with illustrates that perfectly. Certainly KP has dome a lot for England's cause, but the reverse is also true, it has been his international exposure that has brought him the status and earnings potential he currently enjoys. We don't know exactly what KP's covert longer term plans are, but he has really blown this one. His absence probably will reduce England's chances in the T20 cup, but kudos to the ECB for doing the right, rather than easy, thing.

  • POSTED BY Sarangarajan on | July 18, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    It was right for England to omit Pietersen. It was coming once Pietersen had blabbered about his quitting shorter form of the game.No one is bigger than the game .Pietersen should have known it.It is not his whim and fancy to decide when to come in to the team .All said and done, it is certain that England shall miss him dearly in the T20 world cup- but then it is again due to Pietersen .Some strange decision making Pietersen

  • POSTED BY anuradha_d on | July 18, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    when.....bureaucracy overrides commonsense......administrators act as controllers........instead of facilitators.......pride comes in way of merit......teams suffer......no way is this team likely to make it even to Qtr.Finals

  • POSTED BY jpeacock158 on | July 18, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    I pretty much agree with this provisionial squad! Its got the really good young players in Root, Stokes, Briggs, Taylor among others plus it rewards players who are playing well at the moment in the likes of Croft, Bell, Luke Wright and Cook. I'm not sure if Cook or Anderson should go out of the usual bunch, although I think Bell should, and lastly I would think if he had been feeling up to playing at the moment, Hamilton-Brown would have been in this provisional squad. The guy is class!! Also, I hope Kieswetter is ditched and Prior or Davies goes, Prior is the only keeper who hasn't been tried down the order much in the one-day stuff, and he's our best keeper-batsman, end of!

  • POSTED BY sampathsl on | July 18, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Peterson is one of madness person in history of cricket.Before announce his retirement at least think about T20 event.And after finishing that he can announce his retirement.Short thinking man.So bad for his Pocket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Of course he's not in the squad, how can someone be picked if they've retired from that form of the game. It's like saying what a suprise it is that Viv Richards hasn't been picked for the next WIndies test

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | July 18, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Well Done ECB. Read in Yahoo news that KP told ECB that he will only play for England ODI & T20 team if they let them Play in IPL during next year may. What does this guy think of himself? He is good cricket but he is not the only good cricketer. If you cant put your country infront of everything that you have no right to play for your country.

  • POSTED BY Bikashkumarjena9937039837 on | July 18, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    kevin should be given a chance, ECB should shutout all the miss-standings with kp.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    i think pietersan deserve for this

  • POSTED BY Highflyer_GP on | July 18, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Bravo. No player is above the game, well done ECB.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Someone will drop off due to an injury if KP is serious about unretiring. In the meantime, good for England in sticking to their guns.

  • POSTED BY Muhtasim13 on | July 18, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Ouch!!! I really feel bad for KP, but I guess he already knew that the omission was bound to happen. Nevertheless, I feel that its a gamble for England because everyone knows that KP is way better than anyone in the 30 man list in T20.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    shocking news! we miss you kevin!

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | July 18, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    George Dobell has omitted the most crucial demand of KP - to play a full season of the IPL - from his conditions for his re-entry as a one day player. This obviously was the sticking point for Flower and the ECB. No player will be given the right to choose the IPL over England duty.

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | July 18, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    vow! I am really impressed with ECB and Andy Flower for this gutsy decision, knowing KP is their best t20 player. Can my fellow Indians imagine if BCCI were to say NO to SRT, what would happen. Kudos to ECB for taking this stance and showing no one is bigger than Country and won't accept any tantrums for even their best. BCCI pl. learn a lesson or two from this.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    dislike dislike dislike dislike .... no chance for england now

  • POSTED BY _AMK on | July 18, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    feel sorry for azher mahmood who qualifies to play for england and has been performing well to be in the squad. overseas players always remain overseas :(

  • POSTED BY shaileshacharya123 on | July 18, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    what a SLAP bY Ecb to KP.....

  • POSTED BY Anwar-Lara on | July 18, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Woww thts some news.. Well done ECB..

  • POSTED BY Jevs on | July 18, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    In so many was Andy Flower & the ECB are right but when it comes down to the difference between winning and not they may well regret their unforgiving stance.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | July 18, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    It will be interesting to see whether discussions continue between KP's people and the ECB now that he is confirmed to be out of the WT20. You'd expect not. His not being there will undoubtedly hurt England's chances of winning but I'm not really all that bothered. I would like to see them perform well but T20 always involves a reasonable amount of luck regardless. I'm more interested in the next 50-over WC and England have plenty of young players who will be in their prime by then. A few interesting names in that preliminary squad, e.g. Cook and Wright, who are unlikely to make the final 15 but would like to know that the selectors consider them to be that close.

  • POSTED BY depp17 on | July 18, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    I don't understand what ECB thinks, its a shame that it wants to keep the best player out of T20 team. Now, I have to think twice to support English Team.

  • POSTED BY danishsyed88 on | July 18, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    And the ECB have now killed any chances of retaining the cup. Sad

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | July 18, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    This was a tough call by the selectors, as they really had to do the right thing by the team. But Pieterson was probably the only realistic chance ENG had of doing well in the tournament, considering the lack of experience and extremely poor results Eng have had in sub-continent conditions of late. There is a reason why English players are always the last picked (or ignored) in the IPL: swing bowlers and "accumulator" batsmen in the sub-continent are about as useful as a straw in a drought. Good luck!

  • POSTED BY Heisenburg on | July 18, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    England need to get rid of this stupid rule, the players should strike next ODI series or something, this be available for both ODI and T20 rule in't bringing cricket together or making it stronger, England is just loosing a good batsman. And future players if this goes on.

  • POSTED BY Tigg on | July 18, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Where's Chris Nash? Great striker of the ball with partnership breaking offies.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | July 18, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    It's unfortunate for cricket fans but the clearly the RIGHT decision for England you can't have guys like this who think they're bigger than the team in the side, personally think he should be dropped from the test side to he hasn't exactly done much lately.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Quite right, as it stands Pietersen is still retired from ODI/T20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | July 18, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Makes sense I'm afraid KP, however much we love you. England are winning everything in both the ODI's and the T20's without you. Your batting in tests is wonderful, and has been for a long time. You are one of the most exciting players ever to have played the game. Stick to test cricket where the real glory lies.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    KP thinks as if RETIREMENT is a joke......

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    he should go play for ireland or scotland and kick England's ass....

  • POSTED BY tusharkardile on | July 18, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    a sad day for English cricket indeed.

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  • POSTED BY tusharkardile on | July 18, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    a sad day for English cricket indeed.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    he should go play for ireland or scotland and kick England's ass....

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    KP thinks as if RETIREMENT is a joke......

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | July 18, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Makes sense I'm afraid KP, however much we love you. England are winning everything in both the ODI's and the T20's without you. Your batting in tests is wonderful, and has been for a long time. You are one of the most exciting players ever to have played the game. Stick to test cricket where the real glory lies.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Quite right, as it stands Pietersen is still retired from ODI/T20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | July 18, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    It's unfortunate for cricket fans but the clearly the RIGHT decision for England you can't have guys like this who think they're bigger than the team in the side, personally think he should be dropped from the test side to he hasn't exactly done much lately.

  • POSTED BY Tigg on | July 18, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Where's Chris Nash? Great striker of the ball with partnership breaking offies.

  • POSTED BY Heisenburg on | July 18, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    England need to get rid of this stupid rule, the players should strike next ODI series or something, this be available for both ODI and T20 rule in't bringing cricket together or making it stronger, England is just loosing a good batsman. And future players if this goes on.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | July 18, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    This was a tough call by the selectors, as they really had to do the right thing by the team. But Pieterson was probably the only realistic chance ENG had of doing well in the tournament, considering the lack of experience and extremely poor results Eng have had in sub-continent conditions of late. There is a reason why English players are always the last picked (or ignored) in the IPL: swing bowlers and "accumulator" batsmen in the sub-continent are about as useful as a straw in a drought. Good luck!

  • POSTED BY danishsyed88 on | July 18, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    And the ECB have now killed any chances of retaining the cup. Sad