Kevin Pietersen axed: Official statement from ECB and reaction from cricketer

Kevin Pietersen was axed from England's tour to West Indies and World T20, putting a definite end to his international career. Here is the official statement from England and Wales Cricket Board on the decision and Pietersen's response.

updated: February 05, 2014 10:33 IST
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Kevin Pietersen has been informed by the England and Wales Cricket Board that he has not been included in the England squads for the forthcoming tour of the Caribbean later this month nor the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Bangladesh in March.

Kevin Pietersen met with Paul Downton, the Managing Director England Cricket, this week and was told that the unanimous decision of the England management, including the selectors, was that now was the time to start the rebuilding process after England's disappointing winter in Australia.

Paul Downton said: 'Clearly this was a tough decision because Kevin has been such an outstanding player for England as the fact that he is the country's leading run scorer in international cricket demonstrates.

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