Kevin Pietersen ready to make a U-turn on retirement
London: Explaining the reason for his opting to no longer play one day cricket, England batsman Kevin Pietersen has admitted that he had fallen out of love with ODIs.
Pietersen is however hopeful, that a compromise can be reached with the England and Wales Cricket Board where he can still play in the World T20 in September.
In his first interview since giving up ODIs and T20, Pietersen criticized the non-stop schedule that forced him to decide which part of the game to give up.
He also said that as England is the only team to play international cricket every June, July and August, and that there is not enough time to rest and recover.
“I’d had enough of the schedule. I can’t carry on doing everything. I play every form of cricket there is. I play in the IPL, I’ve got the Champions League in October and, apart from MS Dhoni, I’ve played the most days of any international player over last seven years,” a daily quoted Pietersen, as saying.
“There comes a time when some form has to be taken out of my schedule and one day cricket was it. I can’t play at my peak and every single game and enjoy them all when I play all forms, have to train every day. You fall out of love with it,” he said.
Pietrsen said: “I hope a compromise can be found. If they want me to play in the World T20 I’ll play, but contracts are contracts."
“It’s a shame I have to make that decision. If I played for another country where you had months to rest and recuperate and chances to be rested then maybe not but you don’t get that playing for England.”