KP out Eng's World T20 squad

2012-08-21 11:17

London - Kevin Pietersen was left out of England's World Twenty20 squad announced on Tuesday, as his international cricket exile continued.

The South Africa-born batsman was the man of the tournament when England won the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean - the first time they had lifted a major piece of International Cricket Council silverware.

But he was dropped from the England team that lost the third Test against South Africa at Lord's by 51 runs on Monday after sending "provocative" text messages, allegedly criticising England Test captain Andrew Strauss, to South African players.

Pietersen, who recently made himself available again for all international cricket after retiring from one-dayers, was also left out of England's squad for the forthcoming one-day and Twenty20 series against South Africa starting in Cardiff on Friday.

England national selector Geoff Miller, explaining Pietersen's omission from the one-day and Twenty20 squads to play South Africa, said: "Kevin Pietersen's future involvement is still being determined and he was therefore not considered for selection in either squad."

The World Twenty20 starts in Sri Lanka next month, with England beginning the defence of their title against Afghanistan on September 21.

England's most recent Twenty20 match saw them beat West Indies by seven wickets at Trent Bridge in June with Alex Hales, taking the opener's spot vacated by Pietersen, making 99.

The 15-man squad announced on Tuesday contains eight survivors from the 2010 party, including seamer Stuart Broad, now the captain, off-spinner Graeme Swann and wicketkeeper batsman Craig Kieswetter, who made 63 in the seven-wicket final win over Australia in Barbados.

Promising players such as Jonathan Bairstow, who scored 95 and 54 in Pietersen's absence during the third Test, Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs and Somerset batsman Jos Buttler have also been included.

"We are very much looking forward to beginning the defence of our World T20 title next month," said former England off-spinner Miller.

"We know that it will take exceptional cricket to retain the trophy and that begins with the first match against Afghanistan," he added.

"This is a very balanced squad combining experienced players with some young talent who have done well at both international and domestic level this season and who are all very excited by the challenges ahead in Sri Lanka."

Broad, a regular for England in all three formats, has been rested from the five 50-over one-day matches against South Africa with Miller saying this was in the best interests of both the player and the team.

England Twenty20 World Cup squad:

Stuart Broad (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Butler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright


  • shanleigh.sewsanker - 2012-08-21 11:54


  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-21 12:05

    Nothing like being sent to the "naughty corner" to get your ego in check,hey Kev?

      shaun.campbell.9275 - 2012-08-21 12:14

      Still can't understand why England would take a South African player, who turned on South Africa when it never went his way, when it benefited them, only then to drop him when they realised he IS a South African, when it never benefited them... KP was out of line and he got what he deserved, but is ANYONE surprised?

  • gvangreunen - 2012-08-21 12:14

    he thought he was bigger than his team (and the game) ... couldn't have happened to a nicer guy!

      bruce.wells.963 - 2012-08-21 12:39

      A foolish guy, but nice?

      mike.barmby - 2012-08-21 18:09

      He is very nice guy

  • erich.goosen - 2012-08-21 12:46

    I do not think KP will be my first choice if I have to choose Diplomat of the Year but can't help wondering if his presence could not have made a difference in the outcome of the last 5 day test.

  • frost.frost.980 - 2012-08-21 13:02

    I Say Give KP a SA T20 spot and stick it back to the English... that might make them change their strategy on recruiting SA talent and prevent the talented SA players from being lured for more money

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-08-21 14:02

      Wasn't happy when he was in South Africa because of the "quota" system so why should we choose him above many other players who are good but have not had a chance to play for SA. He chose England so let him stay there>

      frost.frost.980 - 2012-08-21 17:34

      If you look at the current one day squad and new guys comming in, Dean Elgar Ryan McLaren, Tell me they are not in cause of Quota???? Drop the "WHITE" crap... side we have is purly on merit

      gavin.vangent - 2012-08-22 11:27

      He's made his bed, he must now lay in it... He ran from SA when the situation didn't suit him, and there's no coming back here cos the grass suddenly isn't greener there; not if i had any say in it. KP into the Proteas and then we are straight back to where we were in 1994: remould players and start the process all over again as our Proteas won't hang around to include a man like KP, regardless of cricketing class.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-21 13:14

    Could not happen to nicer guy - from the top of his self made pedestal back to Mother Earth.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-08-21 13:57

    He brought this down on himself with his attitude and being so "full" of himself. Lets hope he does not decide to move back to South Africa.

      mike.barmby - 2012-08-21 18:12

      That is not a very nice thing to say. He was born here and belongs here. The greatest cricket hero ever to live. He is akin to Graeme Pollock or Barry Richards

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