Pietersen Quits Limited Overs Cricket31-May-2012 12:18:00 GMT
London: England star Kevin Pietersen retired from all forms of international limited overs cricket on Thursday, a decision which took the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) by surprise.
Pietersen, who will continue to be available for Test selection, said in a statement he wished to step aside in order to give the next generation of players a chance to bed in before the 2015 World Cup.
"After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I am today announcing my retirement from international one-day cricket," said Pietersen, who turns 32 next month.
Pietersen's decision comes less than four months before England are due to launch the defence of their Twenty20 World Cup crown in September.
The South Africa-born batsman was man of the tournament when England won the title in the West Indies in 2010, and had indicated a willingness to remain part of the T20 squad in Sri Lanka this year.
However ECB rules dictate that centrally-contracted players must make themselves available for all forms of limited-overs cricket.