KP quits one-day arena
Pietersen to focus on Test match in the future
Last Updated: 31/05/12 5:28pm
Kevin Pietersen: His decision will take immediate effect
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has announced his retirement from all international limited overs cricket with immediate effect.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has said Pietersen will remain available for consideration in future contract awards as a specialist Test match player only.
"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. "
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"After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I am today announcing my retirement from international one-day cricket," Pietersen said in a statement.
"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.
"I am immensely proud of my achievements in the one-day game, but still wish to be considered for selection for England in Test cricket.
"For the record, were the selection criteria not in place, I would have readily played for England in the upcoming ICC World Twenty20."
Pietersen's current contract will continue to run through to September 2012 but will be downgraded to reflect the fact that he will only be selected for Test match cricket.
Cork questions Pietersen’s timing
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 as planning for ODI and T20 formats is closely linked.
The ECB say one-day cricket is a strategic priority as England look for improved performances in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy and the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Managing director for England Cricket Hugh Morris, said: "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."
Pietersen played 127 ODIs and 36 T20Is scoring 4184 runs at an average of 42 in one-day internationals while averaging 38 in international T20 cricket.
He bowed out with back-to-back centuries against Pakistan in Dubai earlier this year.
In those innings he looked back to his very best, taking to an opening role with distinct panache and responsibility as he chalked up scores of 111 not out and 130.