Post retirement, Pietersen hints at comeback

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Published: Monday, July 9, 2012, 13:21 [IST]
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Pietersen open to play for England again

London, Jul 9: England's Kevin Pietersen, is hoping to return to limited overs cricket after announcing retirement in order to focus on Test cricket last month.

"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 told the Daily Mail.

"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."

When asked if he would reconsider his retirement, the English batsman 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."

In order to focus on Test cricket, the South African born batsman announced his retirement from ODIs and T20s last month, hopes he gets another opportunity to play cricket for England.

"I still hope there might be a compromise for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. The squad hasn't been announced.

"Central contracts are renewed every September, so there's scope. Fingers crossed. I would love to play in that and defend our title with England. If it happens, great, but I'm not holding my breath."

The stylish batsman was forced to retire following England and Wales Cricket Board's policy as it does not allow cricketers to chose either of the limited overs formats and Test cricket.

Pietersen wanted to play T20s and Test cricket but due to ECB's policy, the stylish batsman was forced to quit limited overs format.

Stressing on the fact that he was the man of the tournament in ICC World T20 held at Carribean two years ago, which also helped the team win the title, Pietersen hopes for a comeback ahead of the ICC World T20 scheduled to be played at Sri Lanka in September this year.


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