It is learnt that deep consultation has gone into Kevin Pietersen’s decision to return to limited overs cricket. Apparently he had a long chat with Shahid Afridi, who is expert in return-after-retirements, who suggested that it would be good for Pietersen to stage a comeback at this stage of his career. Afridi said that Kevin is just 32 right now and has the potential to stage 3-4 such comebacks.
The English media is closely covering India’s presidential polls, and sources close to Pietersen have told us that it was Mulayam Singh Yadav’s recent U-turn which inspired Pietersen to consider such a move. Though the ECB is pleased with this decision from Pietersen, it is flummoxed to discover Kevin’s newly developed interest to play 50-over cricket after what he had to say in May. The ICC is planning to include Pietersen’s name for the newly incarnated “Shahid Afridi comeback of the year” award during its annual awards ceremony.
The BCCI and Delhi Daredevils though are upset with this news. They believe that excessive international cricket could obstruct his participation for IPL-2013. Rajeev Shukla has said that he will speak to the ECB chairman to adjust the international calendar for England to accommodate Pietersen’s IPL schedule. Yuvraj Singh believes that Pietersen’s return to limited overs cricket is a welcome move and it shall push him to return to competitive cricket as early as possible.