Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen is set to end his career as a professional cricketer after the third season of the Pakistan Super League.
The 37-year-old posted a photo on Instagram before his departure for Dubai stating, “The journey has been absolutely amazing & for the next 3/4 weeks I’ll be a current professional & then it’s chapter closed!”
Countless goodbyes to @jessicalibertyx & my kids as a cricket player & this one this evening is the last one I’ll ever have to do. I’ve hated every goodbye but also known it’s work so just gotten on with it. The journey has been absolutely amazing & for the next 3/4 weeks I’ll be a current professional & then it’s chapter closed! Had my time & loved it but the endless goodbyes & travel needs to calm down now. Cricket has been the best!
Pietersen guided his franchise Quetta Gladiators to the finals of the first two seasons but didn’t travel to Lahore for the 2017 final citing security concerns.
Quetta Gladiators owner Nadeem Omar revealed that Pietersen has expressed his unwillingness to travel to Pakistan his year as well for the two play-off matches and final in Lahore and Karachi next month.
“We are still trying to convince him that if our team makes the playoffs and the final we would love to see him carry on for us,” Omar said according to PTI.
The batsman was sidelined by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2012 and again in 2014 after differences with the team management.
Omar said Pietersen had played a big role in Quettas surge as a top team in the PSL.