Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has expressed his desire to return to international cricket by playing for his country of ‘birth’, South Africa.
Pietersen, who was sacked in 2013-14 from playing International cricket for four years, has said that playing for South Africa is “definitely still an option.”
Pietersen’s career as English cricketer ended in 2013-14 when after that year’s Ashes Series, he was sacked by the ECB for “cricketing reasons”.
After serving his four-year ban, Pietersen would be eligible to play for both England and South Africa in 2018, but it should be noted that the batsman would be 37 at that time.
Talking about his comeback on international front, Pietersen has clearly indicated that he hasn’t yet given up on his desire to play again and making a return to the top-flight. Pietersen, who is currently in India playing in the Indian Premier League with Rising Pune Supergiants, when asked on what he thought about playing international cricket for South Africa said:
“Yes, it is a thought in my head…If it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Obviously, playing international is something I have done for a very long time. Do I miss playing international cricket? Do I miss batting in international cricket? Yes, I do very much so you never know. The eligibility for South Africa is still a year away. So we will have to wait and see but it is definitely still an option.”
But he also added that doors for playing for England had not closed for him:
“An English call-up is definitely still an option. I am in a great frame of mind now.”
Pietersen had a major fallout with ECB in 2012 when he had sent out derogatory texts about then captain Andrew Strauss to South African cricketer Graeme Smith.
It had not gone down well with his team or the English Cricket Board.
Pietersen was then left out for the final Test of that series, but made a comeback when the team played against India in India.
His contribution during that series had helped England win it, but the relations between him and the ECB took another turn for worse and he was soon banned by the ECB following 2013-14 Ashes.
Before moving to England, Pietersen had left his country of birth South Africa in 2004 so as to play for England. In his short tenure with the English international team he scored 8,181 runs in 104-Test career and notched up 23 hundreds at an average of 47.28.