Pietersen Ready To Discuss With ECB On His England Return
Responding to the comments made by incoming England and Wales Cricket Board chairman, Colin Graves, Kevin Pietersen said he wants to speak with the governing council on a possible return to England team.
Earlier Graves suggested in a radio interview that if Pietersen is serious about returning to England team, he should be playing county cricket.
“It is very simple. What happened in the past is history and there is no point talking about it,” Graves said.
“I was deputy chairman when the decision was made [to sack Pietersen] and I supported it so there is no point pulling that to bits.
“But if he wants to play for England then he has to play for a county. That is his decision.”
The 34-year-old Pietersen, who was sacked from the national team after England’s dismal tour of Australia, said he was pleasantly surprised on hearing the new development.
"I was pleasantly surprised this morning, actually.
“The previous chat was clearly that I had been banned from playing for England and that I'd never play again, which for me was incredibly sad because I do feel that my England career was cut short and taken away from me,"
Citing examples of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara, Pietersen insisted with age should not be a barrier to playing international cricket again.
“You have a look at guys like Sangakkara, Dilshan scoring runs late on their 30s that doesn’t mean that somebody can’t perform to the best of their abilities in their late 30s.”
When asked about whether Pietersen will compromise on a lucrative Indian Premier League contract and continue his stint in county cricket, Pietersen responded stating he wants to be certain about the chances of him playing for England again.
"I can't say that I'm going to be giving away any contracts right here on a Sunday when I haven't spoken to anybody.
"This is not about money, this is about playing cricket for England, doing something that I love...
“It's a decision which would purely be on the basis of 'Do I want to play cricket for England?'
“Is this a genuine situation where if I could, if I score runs for potentially Surrey, play for England again?
“It's decisions like that I'm going to have to make this week."
Pietersen also made his intentions very clear that he would love to represent England again if given a chance.
“To be honest It's only happened in the last three or four hours.
“I'm not going to hassle anybody on a Sunday, I'm certainly not going to hassle Colin on a Sunday.
“But I'll definitely want to speak to the ECB. Let's just be clear: I'd love to play for England again.”
The former England captain also termed the events as very encouraging.
"If it is genuine, which I'm sure it is...goodness, I would love to be given that opportunity again.
“I will need to go away and make some decisions, I need to speak to a few people...
“I'll have to go away now and see where my future lies but this is really, really encouraging."
Pietersen has aggregated a total of 13,797 runs in the 277 matches representing England.
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