London: Kevin Pietersen has admitted he misses playing limited-overs cricket for England and has not ruled out a return to the formats, permitting the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) were to revise a punishing schedule.
“Never say never,” Pietersen told the Daily Mail when asked whether he could reconsider his retirement. “I'm a lot older and more mature than a few years ago, so you never know. Anything can happen. I'll never say no, but the schedule would have to be a hell of a lot different for me to come back. Wait and see.
"I've had my wife, mother, dad, mother-in-law, brothers and my best mates all saying to me 'don't you wish you were out there batting against Australia [in the current one-day series)?’ And I've said to them I haven't missed it at all. But maybe all I needed was a break. Who knows? I've played a lot of cricket in the last seven years."
The England batsman has not ruled out a return, should a punishing schedule be tweaked.
Pietersen, 32, had in May announced that he was quitting one-day internationals to escape a relentless international schedule. While he had not wanted to retire from the international Twenty20 format, the nature of the ECB central contracts dictates that a player has to be available for both forms of the limited-overs game to be considered for either.
Pietersen hoped there would be a compromise for the ICC World Twenty2o in Sri Lanka in September, when England will defend their title. The squad hasn't been announced.
"Central contracts are renewed every September, so there's scope. Fingers crossed. I would love to play in that and defend our title with England. If it happens, great, but I'm not holding my breath,” he said.