Kevin Pietersen said he still wanted to help England defend their World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka, despite announcing his retirement from ODI and T20 international cricket.
“I’ve said I’ll play the T20 World Cup,” Pietersen explained. “If they (England) want me to play the T20 World Cup, I’ll play the T20 World Cup.
“I play every form: the IPL (Indian Premier League), Champions League in October. Apart from (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni, I’ve played the most days over the last seven years and there comes a time when some form has to be taken out of my schedule and ODI was it. It’s a shame I have to make a decision, but that’s the schedule we’ve got.
“If I played for another country I would have months to rest maybe, but you don’t get that playing for England, so I had to make a decision and you know what it is. I can’t play at my peak and enjoy every single game if I play all forms. You would fall out of love with it. I want to play until I’m 35.”
Pietersen was man of the tournament when England won the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean two years ago.