Kevin Pietersen seems to announce cricket retirement on social media

Lynette Rowe
March 18, 2018

Pietersen scored 8,181 runs in 104 Tests with a 47.28 averageFormer England captain Michael Vaughan says Kevin Pietersen was the "best batsman I had the pleasure to play with" after his ex-team-mate appeared to announce his retirement.Pietersen, 37, had been playing for Quetta Gladiators in the Twenty20 Pakistan Super League.

However, it seems he has called time on his career entirely. "Ciao, cricket! I love this game!"

"Best batsman I had the pleasure to play with and the first England batsman that put fear into the Aussies."The England and Wales Cricket Board also posted a message, saying "thank you" to Pietersen.Former England team-mate Andrew Flintoff also congratulated him "on an wonderful career" and thanked him "for having a positive impact on mine too".

West Indies' Chris Gayle was one of the first few cricketers to congratulate Pietersen on a wonderful career.

Pietersen, originally from South Africa, represented England in global cricket.

Pietersen's Quetta slipped to third after being overtaken by Karachi Kings, who won their final against Islamabad United.

After playing all of their matches so far in Sharjah and Dubai, Quetta will now return to Pakistan to face Peshawar Zalmi at the Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday - and Pietersen has opted not to travel.

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"It is with a sorry heart to leave Dubai and going back to London now".

I hope you can respect my decision and my family's decision not to travel. "Thank you" before expanding on his situation on Saturday.

A T20 specialist since his high-profile England exile in the wake of the 2013/14 Ashes, Pietersen has been saying farewell wherever he has gone over the past year. "Wish you could stayed with us till PSL final but we respect your decision".

In IPL, Pietersen played for Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore and delighted fans with his style and flamboyance.

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

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

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