Kevin Pietersen contemplates Test cricket retirement to play in the IPL, says Bob Willis

by staff on August 8, 2012

The Delhi Daredevils batting star Kevin Pietersen, has threatened to quit playing Test matches for his nation.

Pietersen has already retired from limited-overs cricket, which includes ODIs and T20I cricket.

Bob Willis former English pace bowler has criticized star batsman Kevin Pietersen for holding his national cricket to ransom by his threat to quit Test cricket to play in the Indian Premier League.

Pietersen announced that he might retire after the final Test against South Africa. This statement took everyone by surprise including his team mates. Is Pietersen getting greedy?

The batsman is keen on earning big bucks in the Indian Premier League at the cost of not playing for the national team. He may not be a part of the upcoming ICC World T20 as he retired from limited-overs cricket a while back.

“It’s a mess. He’s clearly got his nose severely out of joint by not being included in England’s initial squad of 30 for the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September. But he also wants to play fully in the Indian Premier League which clashes directly with England’s home series with New Zealand next May. He wants to earn his $2.5 million and he is holding England to ransom” said Willis.

The England and Wales Cricket Board contract prohibits a national player to have a choice between the T20 and One-Day International cricket.

Pietersen had cited that it is dressing room politics and not money that is the reason for him contemplating retirement.

“It’s tough being me, playing for England. It’s absolutely 100% not about money. There are clear things that I’m discussing but there are other issues that need to be sorted. You’ll find out soon enough” said Pietersen at the press conference.

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