LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Kevin Pietersen international cricketing career is over after nine turbulent years, after the England and Wales Cricket Board unanimous decided to rebuild the national team without the controversial top order batsman.
Pietersen was not included in the England squads for the upcoming tour of the West Indies later this month, as well as for the ICC World Twenty20 in March.
It is understood that Pietersen this week, was invited to a meeting with the Managing Director England Cricket, Paul Downton, where he was informed that he was no longer needed as the managing staff looks to move beyond the disappointing recent tour of Australia.
Pietersen played 104 Test Matches, 136 One Day internationals and 37 Twenty20 Internationals for England during his nine years with the national setup.
“Clearly this was a tough decision because Kevin has been such an outstanding player for England as the fact that he is the country’s leading run scorer in international cricket demonstrates,” Paul Downton said.
“However everyone was aware that there was a need to begin the long term planning after the Australia tour. Therefore we have decided the time is right to look to the future and start to rebuild not only the team but also team ethic and philosophy.
“England cricket owes a debt of gratitude to Kevin who has proved to be one of the most talented and exciting players to ever represent the country and his 13,797 runs are a testimony to his immense skill.
“This decision brings some clarity now for the future of the England teams and we all wish Kevin the very best in the rest of his career.”