Pietersen quits IPL career

Pietersen quits IPL career

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has started limiting his playing career. He has decided to quit IPL cricket. He will also quit England domestic season after the end of this year’s NatWest T20 Blast for Surrey.

Pietersen, however, will play the T20 Global League in South Africa, Big Bash League and Pakistan Super League. He will be building a house in the Kruger National Park in his country of birth, South Africa.

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“I reckon this will be my last season playing in England. Next year I am building a house and the whole of the English summer I will be at my house in South Africa so I will not be back in England. My conservation work is at the time when I should be playing here and that work is more important to me,” Pietersen said.

The 36-year-old will no more be available for Indian Premier League. He commentated this season. Previously, he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiant.

“The IPL comes at the end of my schedule. So I’m playing for Surrey now, in August-September. Then I play in South Africa in November, into December. I play in Australia all of December and all of January. Then I play the Pakistan Super League in February-March. So can’t play in India, it’s too long.

“I’m done playing (in the IPL), but I can commentate. The reason why I commentate is I go for one week, come home for two weeks, then I come back for a week and home for two weeks. When you’re a player, you’re there the whole time, you’re everywhere… I can’t do that,” he added.

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com