ICC World Twenty20 2012 July 18, 2012

Pietersen out of World Twenty20 squad


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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  • Satish 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..

  • neeraj on July 20, 2012, 2:17 GMT


  • Hamish 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.

  • John 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?

  • Dummy4 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 !!!

  • Akshay 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 !!!!

  • darius 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

  • Samuel 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!

  • Muthuvel 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.

  • Muthuvel 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.

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