Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
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Kevin Pietersen to not play PSL 2018 matches in Pakistan

Kevin Pietersen to not play PSL 2018 matches in Pakistan

Kevin Pietersen, one of the most brilliant and divisive cricketers of his generation, appears to have called time on his playing career with a four-word update to his 3.65 million Twitter followers.

In a video posted on the Quetta Gladiators' official Twitter feed, Pietersen said: "Hi guys, it is with a very hardened heart, a very sorry heart, that I have to leave Dubai, going back to London now".

In a statement, Kevin said, "Wish I could travel but unfortunately family's decision is very important and I hope you can respect my decision and my family's decision not to travel".

Pietersen said he would continue to support Quetta as they looked to finally win the tournament after losing in the 2016 and 2017 finals.

"Third time luck, remember".

"Boots Up! Thank you", he tweeted. "Thank you" before expanding on his situation on Saturday. "Wish you could have stayed with us till PSL final but we respect your decision".

England's Kevin Pietersen tweeted two lines on Friday night (IST) that hint at his retirement from all forms of cricket. "Ciao, cricket! I love this game!" "Family, animals, golf...! H O M E", the swashbuckling batsman tweeted, before following it up with another message to his 3.65 million followers.


Michael Vaughan, who captained England when Pietersen's maiden century at The Oval helped clinch the 2005 Ashes series, congratulated his former team-mate on a stellar career. If he is really retired, he might focus on commentary job and his conservation work with rhinos.

He also appeared in 37 T20Is, scoring 1,176 runs with seven half-centuries and was part of the World T20 winning team in 2010.

He has been away from the sport's top level since his England exile started in 2014 when he was a high-profile casualty of an Ashes thrashing in Australia.

T20 country-hopping followed, along with a move into broadcasting.

Given his often divisive nature, it was fitting that Michael Vaughan, a former England captain, admitted his old worldwide team-mate was a tremendous talent, even if he wasn't always easy to deal with.

"I loved entertaining you all!" the 37-year-old Pietersen wrote on Instagram.

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