Andy Flower asked Kevin Pietersen not to quit ODIs

Zeenews Sports Bureau

London: England coach Andy Flower says he tried to persuade batsman Kevin Pietersen against retirement from the shorter format of the game.

"When Kevin told me he wanted to retire from one-day cricket I must have had three or four subsequent meetings with him where I tried to dissuade him from doing so. I think it`s really sad he won`t be paying all three forms of the game. He`s in incredible form, technically he`s excellent,” Flower told BBC.

Pietersen had said he wanted to continue playing Twenty20 cricket, but players under ECB central contract can’t choose between the two formats. The South African-born batsman, who played 127 one-day internationals and 36 Twenty20 internationals, said a punishing schedule had forced the decision.