Pietersen has always been criticised by the ECB for playing in the IPL
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has revealed that he is highly considering making a comeback in limited overs cricket since he wants to represent England in the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
However, he admitted that both scenarios only have a slight chance of happening, but is hoping that the England and Wales Cricket Baord (ECB) change their policy on representing England in limited overs cricket.
Pietersen retired from ODI cricket in May due to England’s hectic tour schedule and the ECB’s central contracts.
This makes him unable to play in any limited overs matches for England since the ECB states that all players must be available for both limited over forms of the game.
Even though Pietersen made his decision to quit ODI cricket, he has continuously expressed his desire to continue playing Twenty20 cricket.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail, Pietersen said: “Never say never. I’m a lot older and more mature than a few years ago, so you never know, anything can happen. I’ll never say no, but the schedule would have to be a hell of a lot different for me to come back. Wait and see. I’ve had my wife, mother, dad, mother-in-law, brothers and my best mates all saying to me ‘don’t you wish you were out there batting against Australia?’ And I’ve said to them I haven’t missed it at all. But maybe all I needed was a break. Who knows? I’ve played a lot of cricket in the last seven years.”
Pietersen, who was named as Man of the Tournament in the 2010 World Twenty20, has also made it very clear that he wants to play for England in the upcoming World Twenty20, where England will be defending their title.
“I still hope there might be a compromise for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, the squad hasn’t been announced. I would love to play in that and defend our title with England. If it happens, great, but I’m not holding my breath,” he said.
Pietersen’s comments about the busy schedule has never gone well with the ECB, since he plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL) every year.
However, Pietersen believes it is unfair for the ECB to criticise him for playing in the tournament since there are many of the world’s leading players taking part as well.
“Okay, the ECB may say me playing in the IPL makes it hard to rest me but what annoys me is that, with every other board the IPL is a matter of fact. It’s not going away, it’s going to be there and players want to play in it. Players want to go and earn their money and unless you let them decisions will have to be made. Big players want to play in front of big audiences. You want to hear your name chanted by 50,000 people. It’s amazing. It makes you feel so good. The window for that has been created by the other boards but unfortunately not ours,” Pietersen said.