Kevin Pietersen had returned to England in the hopes of being chosen for the England team. After being let down, he plans to return to India to rejoin the Sunrisers Hyderabad for the later stages of this year’s Indian Premier League.
Pietersen returned to Surrey, as he had been told to do by Colin Graves, the incoming ECB chairman. Graves told him to return to county cricket and score more runs, which he did.
Surrey’s director of cricket, Alec Stewart, said: “He’s given up a £250,000 contract to play in the IPL, he’s done what’s been asked of him and now unfortunately from Kevin’s point of view, the door has been shut.”
Stewart also felt that just as Pietersen feels “let down,” Surrey could feel the same way, being somewhat disappointed with the ECB. The club had re-signed Pietersen because of Colin Graves’ comments.
Earlier this week, Pietersen was told that it was highly unlikely that he would play for England again. While the batsman was very disappointed, he had plans to return to play out the rest of the IPL with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
With luck turning a blind eye to Pietersen at the moment, even this plan has fallen flat. While Pietersen was making a triple century for Surry, he sustained a calf injury. After a scan of the injury in the middle of the week, it was noted that he had damaged his calf. It is expected to take about two weeks to heal.
Pietersen commented: “Under the agreemnt of releasing me from my IPL contract, Sunrisers Hyderabad have the right to recall me for the final stages of the tournament, so on Friday, at their request, I’ll be traveling to India. It’ll give me a good opportunity to cool down and assess what I’m going to do next. I’m just sorry it won’t be putting on an England shirt.”