Boots up! - Pietersen career seemingly over

Kevin Pietersen has declared his retirement

Kevin Pietersen has declared his retirement

"I loved entertaining you all!"

"I wish I could travel but unfortunately family's very important, family decision, and I hope that you can respect my decision and my family's decision not to travel". Pietersen took to social media to and posted a picture on his official Instagram that read, "Boots up!"

Kevin Pietersen seemingly announces his retirement from professional cricket via Twitter.

Pietersen eventually scored a total of 8181 runs in Test cricket, averaging 47.28 and including 23 tons and 35 half-centuries.

Quetta Gladiators owner Nadeem Omar has said that Pietersen had also expressed his unwillingness to travel to Pakistan for the two play-off matches and final in Lahore and Karachi.

The South Africa-born Pietersen has been away from the biggest stage since his England exile started in 2014 following the team's Ashes whitewash Down Under. With the tournament moving from the UAE to Pakistan, Pietersen looks to have picked up his bat for the final time. "Time to move on!"

Pietersen leaves the sport as England's second highest run-scorer across all formats of the game combined.

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Pietersen, who had a brief and ill-fated spell as England captain, will be best remembered for his sublime innings of 158 in the fifth Test against Australia at The Oval in 2005.

"In a video posted on Quetta Gladiators Twitter page, the right-handed batsman said" It is with hardened heart, and very sorry heart that i have to leave Dubai".

"Countless goodbyes to Jessica Taylor and my kids as a cricket player and this one this evening is the last one I'll ever have to do".

Andrew Flintoff and Pietersen were England team-matesFollowing the end of his worldwide 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.

He became a household name after making his Test debut in the Ashes series in 2005 at home scoring three half-centuries on the trot in the first three innings that he played for England.

The batsman was sidelined by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2012 and again in 2014 after differences with the team management.

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