Kevin Pietersen retires from all forms of cricket

Kevin Pietersen celebrates England's World T20 win

DUBAI: Former English cricketer and Quetta Gladiators batsman Kevin Pietersen has decided not to play the next round of the Pakistan Super League that would be held in Lahore and Karachi. But he chose not to travel to Pakistan for a play-off after the group stage in the United Arab Emirates.Pietersen said on social media: "Ciao, cricket!"

There have been continuous rumours about when Pietersen will hang up his boots.

Andrew Flintoff and Pietersen were England team-matesFollowing the end of his global career, Pietersen predominantly became a globe-trotting T20 specialist, playing in the T20 leagues in Australia, India, South Africa, West Indies and the PSL.His last appearance in England came for county side Surrey last summer."I'm super proud of everything", added Pietersen.

Apart from being active in the T20 circuit, Pietersen has also been actively involved in the conservation of rhinos in South Africa, campaigning against poaching in his native country, where he has relocated since wrapping up with the England national team. "Wish you could stayed with us till PSL final but we respect your decision". "Time to move on!".

It was in the shortest format of the game that he delighted audiences in India, representing Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore among other teams in the lucrative Indian Premier League.

The Pakistani outfit responded to the news of Pietersen's apparent retirement by wishing him well on social media.

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"I've hated every goodbye but also known it's work so just gotten on with it".

"The journey has been absolutely unbelievable and for the next three/four weeks I'll be a current professional and then it's chapter closed!"

"I've had my time and loved it but the endless goodbyes and travel needs to calm down now".

Making his Test debut in the 2005 Ashes series, which England famously won 2-1, Pietersen made an immediate impact by scoring a half-century in each of his first two innings.

"Absolute pleasure Kelv. Most talented batter I ever saw, Greater guy, go well as I know you will", Jones' tweet read.

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