Ciao Cricket! Kevin Pietersen Retires from the Game on Social Media

Kevin Pietersen

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has announced on social media that he is retiring.

In a posting on his Instagram account he said: “I’m super proud of everything! Thank you for all the quite lovely msgs! I loved entertaining you all! Ciao, cricket! I love this game!”

Pietersen had said last month the current Pakistan Super League would be his last appearance in a cricket tournament abroad.

However it seems he may have called time on his career entirely.

He also said in a posting on Twitter: “BOOTS UP! Thank you!”

A later tweet read: “Just been told that I scored 30000+ runs which included 152 fifty’s & 68 hundreds in my professional career. Time to move on!”

The 37-year-old, who represented Quetta Gladiators during the PSL, has played for a number of teams across the world since 2014 when he was told he was no longer part of England’s plans.

South Africa-born Pietersen has played for Delhi Daredevils and Rising Pune Supergiant in the IPL, Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash, St Lucia Stars in the Caribbean and Sunfoil Dolphins in South Africa, as well as with Surrey.

Before heading to Pakistan, Pietersen revealed via social media he was looking forward to focusing on his young family, saying it was difficult to leave them behind.

“I’ve hated every goodbye but also known it’s work so just gotten on with it. The journey has been absolutely amazing and for the next 3/4 weeks I’ll be a current professional and then it’s chapter closed,” he said.

“[I’ve] had my time and loved it but the endless goodbyes and travel needs to calm down now. Cricket has been the best.”

Simon Jones, who featured alongside Pietersen in England’s 2005 Ashes winning squad, responded to the post – heaping praise on his former team-mate.

“Absolute pleasure Kelv. Most talented batter I ever saw, Greater guy, go well as I know you will,” Jones’ tweet read.