Kevin Pietersen may come back in one-day cricket
LONDON: Kevin Pietersen has said there is still a opportunity he could perform ‘white ball’ cricket for England again despite retiring from limited overs internationals.
However, the South Africa-born batsman – who remains to be a Test cricketer – said it would need a drastic change to England’s packed schedule for him to consider a return to one-day and Twenty20 matches for his adopted country.
“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 (in the on-going one-day series)?’ Pietersen said.
“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.”
Asked if he would reconsider his retirement from international cricket’s 2 shortest formats, 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.”
Pietersen, one of the unquestionable ‘box-office’ stars of world cricket, called time on his international limited overs career when the England management denied him his wish to carry on playing Twenty20s while quitting 50 overs per side one-dayers.
They said he had to make himself available for both formats amidst concerns that, otherwise, the 50-over side would be weakened by several players following Pietersen’s lead.