England batsman Kevin Pietersen has announced his retirement with immediate effect from international limited-overs cricket. He will however play in the 3rd Test against the West Indies (7/1 to win 3rd Test) next week. The 31-year-old made his debut in 2004 and played 127 one-day internationals and 36 Twenty20 internationals. He will not now feature for England in the 2012 T20 World Cup in September.
Pietersen, who was player of the tournament in England's World Twenty20 triumph in the Caribbean in 2010 with 248 runs in six matches at an average of 62, had been expected to be at the forefront of the side again during this year's Twenty20 competition (7/1 England to win 2012 T20 World Cup), which takes place in Sri Lanka from 18 September to 7 October.
The Surrey batsman said"I think it is the right time to step aside and let the next generation of players come through to gain experience for the World Cup in 2015.I still wish to be considered for selection for England in Test cricket."
Pietersen (4/1 Top England Batsman -3rd Test) became the fastest batsman to reach both 1,000 and 2,000 runs in ODI cricket and the quickest in terms of time to 5,000 Test runs. He has the highest average of any England player to have played more than 20 innings of one-day cricket. He has the second-highest run total from his first 25 Tests, behind only the Australian Donald Bradman.