Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Kevin Pietersen's cryptic tweet fuels speculation of his retirement from pro cricket

Kevin Pietersen's cryptic tweet fuels speculation of his retirement from pro cricket

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen, who is now a part of Quetta Gladiators, has refused to play Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in Pakistan.

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Michael Vaughan, who was England captain when Pietersen made his global bow, was among the first to react to the news and sent out a classy tweet in honour of his old teammate.

Quetta Gladiators' star batsman Kevin Pietersen has apologised to his fans for not travelling to Pakistan for the knockout games of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).

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In Pakistan Super League, Pietersen played for Quetta Gladiators.

Pietersen said he would continue to support Quetta as they looked to finally win the tournament after losing in the 2016 and 2017 finals. He scored 8,181 runs at an average of 47.28 and struck 23 centuries and 35 fifties.

He was named Man of the Tournament after guiding England to their first one-day trophy and, with his worldwide career over - for the time being at least - it is in the T20 arena where Pietersen has fired of late. Pietersen - England's second-highest run scorer across all forms of the game - posted on Twitter.

He was equally effective in the One-day global arena, scoring 4440 runs in 136 outings at an impressive 47.28. Less than a year later, Pietersen made his T20I and Test debut for England respectively.

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In 136 One Day Internationals (ODIs), he collected 4,440 runs with nine centuries and 25 half-centuries.

He has been a very popular pick for T20 franchises across the world, stepping out exactly 200 times and scoring 5695 runs.

A hard-hitting batsman who often made playing unorthodox shots look easy, Pietersen featured in 136 one-day internationals - scoring nearly 4,500 runs with nine centuries and 25 fifties - as well as 37 Twenty20 Internationals.

He tried to revive his Test career, hitting an unbeaten 355 for Surrey, but it was not enough to convince the England and Wales Cricket Board to take him back.

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Apart from being active in the T20 circuit, Pietersen has also been actively involved in the conservation of rhinos in South Africa, campaigning against poaching in his native country, where he has relocated since wrapping up with the England national team.

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