England batsman Kevin Pietersen has retired from all forms of international limited over cricket with immediate effect,the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Thursday. The 31-year-old,who will continue to play Tests,cited the increasing demands of international cricket on his body for his decision to quit one-dayers.
After a great deal of thought and deliberation,I am today announcing my retirement from international one-day cricket, Pietersen,who has played 127 ODIs,scoring 4,184 runs at an average of 41.84,said in a statement on the ECB website.
With the intensity of the international schedule and the increasing demands on my body,approaching 32,I think it is the right time to step aside and let the next generation of players come through to gain experience for the ICC World Cup in 2015, the South African born player added.
I am immensely proud of my achievements in the one-day game,but still wish to be considered for selection for England in Test cricket.
Pietersen,who made his ODI debut in 2004,said he would still have been available for Englands Twenty20 world title defence in Sri Lanka in September but ECB selection policy states that any player making himself unavailable for either of the one-day formats rules himself out of consideration for both.
Despite this sole focus on the longer version of the game internationally,Pietersen will continue to play on in the Indian Premier League. While the IPL has forced several players (such as Lasith Malinga) in the past to choose club over country,mainly due to monetary reasons,Pietersens decision on Thursday will once again reopen that ongoing debate.
Hugh Morris,managing director of England Cricket,said he was disappointed. The ECB is disappointed by the timing of Kevins decision less than four months before we defend our ICC World Twenty20 title, Morris said. Kevin is a world-class player and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his efforts and we look forward to his continued contributions to the Test match side. Pietersen will surely be missed,considering he scored back-to-back centuries against Pakistan in Dubai in the last two ODI matches of his career. Overall,he has nine ODI centuries.
Pietersen played 36 Twenty20 internationals,scoring 1,176 runs at an average of 37.93.
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