Possible Pietersen return excites and polarises.
Kevin Pietersen has given his biggest hint yet that he may return to limited-overs Cricket for England after his retirement in May. Pietersen had previously wanted to continue with the Twenty20 format of the game and retire his services from 50 over cricket however the ECB central contract between players meant that Pietersen couldn’t pick and choose their formats. Pietersen now 31 said that "I've said before that, if the schedule was right, I would love to play for another three or four years in all forms of cricket," and then went on to say “But the schedule is a nightmare. I hope something can be sorted out."
It appears that South African born English International Pietersen has struck form for his domestic team Surrey with an unbeaten 234 from 190 balls in which this revelation followed. With form like this, it would be hard to form an opposition to Pietersen’s case to be included in England’s Twenty20 squad who aims to defend their world title later in the year. However England has to meet an International Cricket Council deadline of the 18th of July to submit an initial 30 man squad for the tournament in Sri Lanka which takes part in September. Pietersen went on to say that “I've always said I want to play in Twenty20, but I needed to get away from the schedule. I cannot keep playing every single day's cricket. I've never been looked after. I cannot keep playing every warm-up game; I cannot keep practising every single day.”
Opinions has been divided on the possible return of Kevin Pietersen to limited-overs cricket with sports fans, journalists, and former cricketers voicing their views over social networking sites. TV personality and sports fan Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) showed his support for Kevin Pietersen (@kevinpp24) with this tweet. “Are we seriously not going to pick the world's best T20 player@kevinpp24 for the World Cup? Get real, England. #KPforT20WC” however Rugby Union Journalist Neil Fissler (@nielfissler) has voiced his displeasure at Pietersen’s possible decision reversal “see that Kevin Pietersen is saying he might reverse his decision to retire from ODI, too late you lobbed your toys, we don't need you”. BBC Cricket Correspondent Jonathan Agnew gave his views on Pietersen’s hint by warning him that he “s going to have to convince the ECB and Andy Flower that he is committed to all forms of the game. That will mean committing himself to the whole of England's manic schedule in 2013.”
There is no doubt that a Kevin Pietersen firing on all cylinders will be an asset to any cricketing side however Surrey teammate Stuart Meaker (@SMeaker18) has taken a more light hearted approach to Kevin Pietersen’s current situation with this tweet regarding his current brace of runs. “@kevinpp24 to release press statement later with regards to upsetting the authorities for launching missiles from Guildford cc”. It seems that Kevin Pietersen will not have to wait too long to find out if he has a future in limited-overs cricket for England.