Kevin Pietersen, the swashbuckling England star, will not be part of the IPL 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL). He has given hectic schedule as a reason behind his decision.
Kevin Pietersen has announced on the Twitter that he will miss the IPL auction this year. The 36-year-old, who has featured heavily in various T20 leagues across the world in the past few months, has started that he has been too busy in the winter and now wants to spend time at home.
The former England international has played for Hollywoodbets Dolphins in South Africa’s CSA T20 Challenge domestic tournament, scoring 198 runs in five outings for them. In the Big Bash League, Pietersen has continued his stint with Melbourne Stars, who had reached the semis this time around, with 268 runs in eight innings.
Pietersen has also featured in the inaugral Pakistan Super League with Quetta Gladiators, who finished with the runners-up trophy. After such a busy season, Pietersen is looking for a much-needed rest back home. He wrote on Twitter, “I won’t be going into the IPL auction. My winter has been too busy with all my travel & I don’t want to spend April/ May away too!”
Pietersen had featured for Rising Pune Supergiants side in the last edition of the IPL which was cut short for him due to a calf injury. Pietersen had made only four appearances from last year and was released by his franchise in December. He has previously played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils side.
Meanwhile, Pietersen has been
charged with misconduct for his on-air comments criticising an umpiring
decision while playing for the Melbourne Stars during a Big Bash League
semi-final, Cricket Australia said on Friday.
controversial former England captain was wearing a microphone when he slammed
the umpire’s decision to turn down a caught behind appeal against Perth
Scorchers batsman Sam Whiteman in the January 24 Twenty20 tournament match. Match
Referee David Talalla proposed a fine of AUD 5,000 for Pietersen after going
through the umpires’ report.
was a shocker, an absolute shocker,” Pietersen was heard saying while fielding
during the Scorchers’ run chase. “He says it could have been glove or pad, and
I said, ‘well, he’s got big gloves and big pads to reach that’. Massive nick.”