Kevin Pietersen might hang his boots after the upcoming season of BBL
"I am definitely coming to the end of my playing time."
Updated - Dec 8, 2017 4:17 pm
The former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen might retire from all forms of cricket after the upcoming season of Big Bash League (BBL). He will feature for Melbourne Stars in the domestic T20 league of Australia. He has been playing in the T20 leagues around the world since his international career being brutally truncated with controversy after 2013/14 Ashes. However, Pietersen feels his international days are only numbered now and will hang his boots soon.
The next season of BBL will commence on December 19 later this month which might also mark the swansong of Pietersen’s eventful cricketing career. The season also ends his contract with Melbourne Stars which he signed in January 2016. He also pulled his name out of IPL earlier this year before the auctions which clearly suggested that he is not fit like before to play cricket consistently.
I’ve still got the energy
Kevin Pietersen admitted that his body would not allow him to play the sport which he loved throughout his life beyond the upcoming season of BBL which ends in February 2018. “I am definitely coming to the end of my playing time. So I am definitely going to enjoy the last few digs. It’s fairly close. It’s the practice that you look at and you just think, ‘do I want to do it? I’ve still got the energy at the moment but it’s dwindling,” he told cricket.com.au during an interview.
He also cleared that he will be with Stars only to guide the youngster and be a positive influence for them during the tournament. “I’m coming to the end of my career. My career is not going to be defined on how I play in the Big Bash. My career has already been defined by all my ups and downs through a long career. It’s my job to come here and help others, help the youngsters, be a good influence, be a positive influence on the team. That’s what I’ve done for three or four years, the 37-year-old added.
He is currently in Australia on the commentary panel of the ongoing Ashes and in every likelihood would love to continue the same job post his cricketing career.