Kevin Pietersen ends Big Bash League career, likely to retire from all forms soon

first_imgKevin Pietersen has called time on his Big Bash career, after confirming that the 2017-18 edition of the BBL will be his last.The now 37-year-old has played for the Melbourne Stars for the last three seasons but hasn’t yet managed to win the title, but he gave his best-ever performance in the last match against city-rivals, Melbourne Renegades on Saturday night. His 30-ball 40 though was not enough to help his team to a win, as Renegades got a 6 wickets win with 13 balls remaining.WATCH VIDEOAfter the end of the match, the former English cricketer informed reporters that he will be ending his stint in the Australian BBL.”I’m done and dusted, playing days,” he said.”You get to that time in your career when you think ‘do I want this?'”I want it desperately at the moment…but I don’t think I will want it in 10 months’ time.”I just don’t see myself wanting to play cricket in December.”KP chats to media post match and confirms this will be his final @BBL season. #TeamGreen pic.twitter.com/YbeNiSIG15- Melbourne Stars (@StarsBBL) January 6, 2018He took to Twitter to confirm, he posted, “Confirming that this is my last BBL as a player! By the time BBL starts later this yr I cannot see myself wanting to improve or try & get better. That means it’s time to finish! I’ll enjoy playing my last few games at the Adelaide Oval, SCG & MCG!”Confirming that this is my last BBL as a player! By the time BBL starts later this yr I cannot see myself wanting to improve or try & get better. That means it�??s time to finish! I�??ll enjoy playing my last few games at the Adelaide Oval, SCG & MCG! �??? pic.twitter.com/Erzm8ouxL5advertisement- KP (@KP24) January 7, 2018Pietersen clarified that he would be honouring his commitments with the Pakistan Super League and in South Africa. Last month he was retained by Quetta Gladiators in the PSL draft after having represented them in the last two seasons as well.He has been a sought after player in the domestic T20 circuit ever since his time with the England came to an end controversially after 2013-14 Ashes.being controversially banished from the England Test side following their 2013-14 Ashes whitewash, the 37-year-old has become one of the most sought-after T20 players in domestic leagues around the world.Talking about his time in the BBL he said that he just wants to enjoy his last few outing with the side, “I am definitely coming to the end of my playing time,” Pietersen told cricket.com.au. “So I am definitely going to enjoy the last few [email protected] was in good form in one of his final BBL knocks. More on his big post-match announcement HERE: https://t.co/4G3pVwbmdg pic.twitter.com/OzBaMejW5p- KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 6, 2018″It’s fairly close.  “It’s the practice that you look at and you just think, ‘do I want to do it?'”I’ve still got the energy at the moment but it’s dwindling.”Pietersen said on Saturday night he wants to stay involved with the Stars.”This franchise has been so good for me at the end of my career,” he said.”I’ve loved every single day I’ve been in Melbourne.”I love Melbourne and I’ve actually really grown to love Australia and have a really good rapport with a lot of the Australian public.”So to have some sort of involvement in the Stars going forward, because of how much I love this club, would be something of immense value to me.”last_img

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