If ECB insists, will play T20 WC: Pietersen

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Published: Monday, June 11, 2012, 10:44 [IST]
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If rules permit, will play T20 WC: KP

Birmingham, Jun 11: England cricketer Kevin Pietersen who announced his retirement from limited overs format a couple of days ago, has expressed his desire to play the World Twenty20 championship to be played in Sri Lanka in September this year.

Pietersen was the man of the tournament when England won the title in the Carribean two years ago.

The talented right-handed batsman decided to quit international T20s and ODIs as England and Wales Cricket Board's contract prevented him from just concentrating on T20s as his preferred format of the game.

Further he made things clear stating that he wanted to focus purely on Test cricket which made him take that decision.

Pietersen, keen on helping his nation defend its World T20 title wanted to play for England this year as well and ensure his team retains the trophy. He added saying that England and Wales Cricket Board will have to take a decision, if they are happy with the change, they have to make a few changes in the contracts issued to cricketers.

"I've said I'll play the T20 World Cup," Pietersen explained. "If they (England) want me to play the T20 World Cup, I'll play the T20 World Cup.

"But contracts are contracts. They'd have to change the rules to make that happen."

The talented batsman who played for Delhi Daredevils in the lucrative Indian Premier League, felt that it was impossible for him to perform at his best in all the three international formats of the increasing congestion in the programme.

"I'd had enough of the schedule. I can't carry on doing everything. I play every single form of cricket that there is.

"Apart from (India captain) MS Dhoni, I've played the most days of international cricket over the past seven years.

"There comes a time when some form of the game has to be taken out of my schedule. One-day cricket was it.

"If the schedules weren't like that, or I played for another country where you had months and months occasionally to rest and recuperate, or if I had the opportunities to be rested (things might be different), but you don't get those opportunities when you play for England."

He further insisted on performance due to the increasing number of matches and admitted that it was difficult to enjoy playing every game.

"I can't play at my peak - I can't keep on playing every single game and enjoying every single game - when I have to play every single form of cricket, or when I have to train every single day.

"You fall out of love with it. And I want to play cricket until I'm 35."

Pietersen who made a magnificent 78 in England's 221/5 in reply to the West Indies' first innings total of 426 on the fourth day of the third and final Test at Edgbaston on Sunday, said he had mixed feelings about his decision.

"There's not a chance I'll have mixed feelings about missing that," he said.

"I'll be enjoying time off with my family," added the father of a young son.

"If I wanted to play in those matches against Australia, I would have."

In order to draw a line on his ODI exit, Pietersen said, "I've moved on and don't want to talk about it, because it's done and dusted and unfair to this Test for me to create headlines talking about it.

"I hope this will extend my Test career. I could do with hundreds.

"But, the way I'm batting, if I continue like that for rest of my career I'll go okay," said Pietersen, who already has an impressive 20 Test tons to his credit and averages nearly fifty in the five-day game.

While he also predicted that the shortest format will take over the limited overs format soon in future.

"I see T20 taking over from 50 over. It's fun, it's exciting - people come and watch it."


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