Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has expressed his desire to return to international cricket by playing for his country of ‘birth’, South Africa.
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”.
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.”
“An English call-up is definitely still an option. I am in a great frame of mind now.”
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.
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.