ECB announce that Kevin Pietersen's turbulent England career is at an end
Kevin Pietersen's England career is over after he was left out of the squad for the World Twenty20 and West Indies tour.
Last Updated: 05/02/14 12:34pm
Pietersen met with England's senior management earlier this week and was told of their unanimous decision not to recall him for the trip to the Caribbean next month and the tournament in Bangladesh.
Further meetings took place on Tuesday between limited overs coach Ashley Giles, Test captain Alastair Cook and ECB managing director Paul Downton, who admitted their decision over Pietersen had been a tough one to make.
Pietersen played 104 Test matches, 136 One Day internationals and 37 Twenty20 Internationals for England in a career which started in November 2004 and finished with the fifth Ashes Test match in Sydney in early January.
His departure follows quickly in the wake of Andy Flower's departure as team director, with the relationship between the two having filled many column inches during the Ashes debacle.
Pietersen said: "Playing cricket for my country has been an honour. Every time I pulled on the England shirt was a moment of huge pride for me and that is something that will live with me forever.
"Although I am obviously very sad the incredible journey has come to an end, I'm also hugely proud of what we, as a team, have achieved over the past nine years.
"I feel extremely fortunate to have played at a time of great success for England cricket alongside some of the best cricketers the country has ever produced.
"I want to thank everyone for their fantastic support and I wish the team the very best of success going forward.
"I believe I have a great deal still to give as a cricketer. I will continue to play but deeply regret that it won't be for England."
Downton said: "Clearly this was a tough decision because Kevin has been such an outstanding player for England as the fact that he is the country's leading run scorer in international cricket demonstrates.
"However everyone was aware that there was a need to begin the long term planning after the Australia tour. Therefore we have decided the time is right to look to the future and start to rebuild not only the team but also team ethic and philosophy.
"England cricket owes a debt of gratitude to Kevin who has proved to be one of the most talented and exciting players to ever represent the country and his 13,797 runs are a testimony to his immense skill.
"This decision brings some clarity now for the future of the England teams and we all wish Kevin the very best in the rest of his career."
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