ICC World Twenty20 2012 August 24, 2012

Pietersen in TV team for World T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kevin Pietersen will be at September's World Twenty20 - not as a player but as part of ESPN STAR Sports' team of television presenters. The news comes soon after it was confirmed that Pietersen would not play the World T20 for England following his spat with the ECB and his team-mates - whose performance he could now be commenting on from the outside.

ESS*, who hold the broadcast rights for ICC tournaments, said on Friday that Pietersen - who was named player of the tournament when England won it in 2010 - would be on their 'presentation and analysis team' during the marquee tournament. Players have done commentary stints on series they've had to miss through injury but this could be the first time a player omitted in such controversial circumstances will be at the mic.

Following his spectacular century in Leeds against South Africa, in a series which resulted in England losing their No. 1 Test ranking, Pietersen had spoken at a press conference about how he'd like to "carry on but there are obstacles that need to be worked out … and points I'm trying to sort out in the dressing room". The issues included his desire to play the IPL in its entirety, text messages he sent to South African players during the series - allegedly about England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower - and a parody Twitter account that he suspected his team-mates of starting.

He had since apologised and released a video where he committed himself to international cricket but, as the matter grew more complicated, he was left out from the squad for the final South Africa Test, and was not among the 15 England players named for World T20 on August 21.

Apart from analysis, the ESS release said, Pietersen will also play an important role in the publicity and promotion of the broadcast of World T20.

*ESPN STAR Sports is a 50:50 joint venture between Walt Disney (ESPN, Inc.), the parent company of ESPNcricinfo, and News Corporation Limited (STAR)

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  • R on August 27, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @randyoz.. so australia can take many players not born in australia but england cannot?? your hypocrisy has found u out cobber...

  • Lakmal on August 27, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    @Chandrasekaran Ganesh : hah..hah.agree with you mate.It'll be a nice thing if they do ...

  • Lakmal on August 27, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    So, the most valuable player of the 2010 edition has been dumped away.Such a talent...specially in this format.England will suffer this a lot.Feel sorry for you KP.Hope you'll do the commentating job well.

  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Now he can "tweet" as much as he wishes. He can get even with his detractors, however, he should look forward to returning to English Dressing Room as a TV correspondent/Analyst.

  • Masud on August 26, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Listen all mates, England uprise is gone. They will continue slip from all sorts of cricket. See now...from this ODI. I also blame some to KP. He joins with Pak players, good match.

  • Gaurav on August 26, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Very interesting picture with the article lol@that,on a serious note its unfortunate that super talented player like Kevin will be away from serious cricket,ECB should do something about this, they have two important tours coming up,Indians played poorly in Eng and Aus tour but they cant be written off at home ,while Aussies are inform overall and will be extremely eager to win Ashes again.

  • Martin on August 26, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Wait, I thought he wanted a break to spend time with his family?

  • Randolph on August 26, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @VillageBlacksmith - stick to the rugby mate your cricket knowledge is non-existent.

  • Andrew on August 26, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @VillageBlacksmith - took your entire comment to actually get to the point, what goes on in Rugby in Oz is irrelevant. Rugby is a 3rd rate sport in Oz behind AFL & League. Is cricket a 3rd rate sport in England, or is the premier Summer sport? You mentioned Keplar - when did he last play for Oz? (it was a QTR of a century ago) - pls come up with some more relevant examples as Oz do not have a situation where 1/3 of debutants in the lqast 5yrs are overseas born. There is rarely an occasion where we have more than one overseas born player - let alone FIVE! == == == @Harold-I - I have a strong preference for Oz to win against the BEST another nation can assemble, but I think the ECB (whilst definately not without blame), have done a reasonable job on this issue. KP then being in SL as a commentator (good luck to him - he may need to maximise his earning capacity now), MUST be a huge distraction for Team England!

  • Harold on August 26, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    As an Aussie maybe I should be happy KPs international career seems to be over. Instead I reckon it's total idiocy on the part of the ECB, and wish they fix it quickly so we get to see him in the 2 ashes series coming up. There's no question he's not an easy type to get along with, but the question should always be which team do you fear more. One with fighting in the dressing room and KP on the field, or a steady dressing room and no KP. For me the question is easy, KP all the way. So the ECB has to make it work. If that requires a public slap and a private "come home", so be it. But get the best players in England in the team. The entire issue of mixing 20/20 and ODIs was wrong to start with. If players aren't happy with a format, why force them to play it? It's not as if the English ODI squad and 20/20 squads are identical. They don't even share a captain! It's not too late, and India is waiting right around the corner.

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