London, Jun 1: England cricketer Kevin Pietersen on Thursday announced his retirement from limited overs formats of the game and said it was due to the hectic international calendar and would continue playing Test cricket for his country.
"After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I am today announcing my retirement from International One Day Cricket," said Pietersen on Thursday.
Pietersen, who has scored 4184 runs in One-day internationals at an average of 41.84 has managed to score 1176 runs off 36 T20 Internationals at an average of nearly 38.
"With the intensity of the international schedule and the increasing demands on my body, approaching 32, I think it is the right time to step aside and let the next generation of players come through to gain experience for the ICC World Cup in 2015."
The right-handed batsman also made it clear that he took the decision to focus purely on Test cricket and also ensured that it would not affect his commitment with Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.
Having played a vital role in the fifth edition of IPL, playing for Delhi Daredevils Pietersen's retirement suggests that he would not be a part of the forthcoming ICC World T20 Tournament in Sri Lanka later this year as England and Wales Cricket Board clarified that long-term planning in ODIs and T20Is was closely interlinked.
"Pietersen, who discussed his position with the ECB during the recent Test against the West Indies at Lord's, accepts that his current contract will continue to run through to September 2012 but that the contract will be downgraded to reflect the fact that he will only be selected for Test match cricket for the remainder of his current contract," an ECB spokesperson said.
"The terms of the central contract state that any player making himself unavailable for either of the one-day formats automatically rules himself out of consideration for both formats of the game as planning for both formats is closely linked."
Pietersen also clarified as he said "For the record, were the selection criteria not in place, I would have readily played for England in the upcoming ICC World Twenty20."
Hugh Morris, managing director of ECB said, "The ECB is disappointed by the timing of Kevin's decision less than four months before we defend our ICC World Twenty20 title. Kevin is a world-class player and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his efforts and we look forward to his continued contributions to the Test match side."
"As the programming and planning for ODI and T20 format cricket are very closely linked we have a selection policy that means that any player making himself unavailable for either of the one day formats, rules himself out of consideration for both formats. The selectors will now replace Kevin in both the ODI and the T20 squads."
South Africa-born English cricketer made his international debut against Zimbabwe in Harare in the year 2004. 10 centuries in 137 ODIs was disappointing for a player of his caliber.