Pietersen in a new role as TV presenter for T20 WC

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Published: Saturday, August 25, 2012, 17:22 [IST]
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Pietersen, a TV presenter for T20 WC!

New Delhi, Aug 25: England's Kevin Pietersen is expected to board the flight to Sri Lanka for ICC World T20, as he is joining a television channel as a commentator which gives him an opportunity to comment on the performance of his team mates.

The 32 year old who was dropped from the third Test against South Africa, was also ignored for the upcoming T20 World Cup after he had sent derogatory messages to SDouth African team mates, criticising captain Andrew Strauss, Andy Flower and the atmosphere in the dressing room.

"We're delighted that one of the biggest names is part of our team and look forward to hearing the insights of someone who knows the format and knows the current stars inside out," Peter Hutton, the channel's managing director, said in a statement.

Pietersen was quoted as saying that he is "excited about working with ESPN-Star Sports (and) watching England defend their title."

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

While the network also added that the star batsman would be a part of their publicity and promotion of the tournament.

Andy Flower also commented on Pietersen's texts row as he felt that since there are issues with trust and mutual respect, things will take time to resolve.

"To resolve certain issues of trust and mutual respect, it might take longer than that," Flower added.

While Flower also insisted that Pietersen's $2 million a year for playing in the cash-rich league, IPL played a vital role as the attitude of the batsman changed.

"I think it's fair to say that his issues over being available for the entire IPL have changed his attitude," he added.

Pietersen who retired from limited overs internationals earlier this year, wanted to play the T20 WC as England defend their title, but things took a sudden turn, as there were too many issues between the player and ECB, which might draw an end to his international career.


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