Kevin Pietersen, the England batsman, has announced his retirement from all limited-overs international with immediate effect. Pietersen, who has scored 4184 One-day International runs at an average of 41.84, also managed 1176 runs from 36 T20 Internationals at an average of nearly 38.
When making his decision public, Pietersen cited an increasingly busy international calendar as his primary reason to focus purely on Test cricket. "After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I am today announcing my retirement from International One Day Cricket," said Pietersen on Thursday. "With the intensity of the international schedule and the increasing demands on my body, approaching 32, I think it is the right time to step aside and let the next generation of players come through to gain experience for the ICC World Cup in 2015."
Pietersen made it clear that he hoped to play Test cricket for England and it was understood that his retirement would not affect his commitment to the Delhi Daredevils, who he plays for in the Indian Premier League.