Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has more or less cleared the air concerning his retirement from professional cricket by saying that he will not return to the Big Bash League (BBL) in 2019.
Pietersen, who is currently covering the iconic Ashes series as a commentator for Channel 9, has previously hinted that he might feature in the commentary box as a regular.
Speaking after the BBL game between Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades at the MCG, Pietersen confirmed he will not represent the Stars in the next edition.
“I won’t be playing next season. I’m done,” KP said.
“I think everybody knows that you come to the end of your time and stuff so for me you get to that time in your career where you just think, ‘Do I want this?’
“I want it desperately at the moment, but I don’t think I’ll want it in 10 months’ time,” he further added.
Pietersen played his best knock of the current season on Saturday as he scored a 30-ball 40 with 6 boundaries. However, Star’s target of 158 didn’t prove too big for the Renegades as they knocked off the runs with 13 balls to spare and registered a thumping 6-wicket victory.
Ever since his international career came to a halt because of the issues with ECB and England team-mates; Pietersen became a freelance T20 specialist, featuring in the lucrative leagues all across the globe.
The 37-year-old was regular in the Indian Premier League besides playing for the Quetta Gladiators in PSL, St Lucia Zouks in CPL and for the Dolphins in Ram Slam.