Home > News >

Kevin Pietersen named in England’s 30-man provisional squad for ICC World T20 2014

Kevin Pietersen's international future has been subject to intense speculation following the Ashes 2013-14 debacle © Getty Images
Kevin Pietersen’s international future has been subject to intense speculation following the Ashes 2013-14 debacle © Getty Images

London: Jan 15, 2014

Kevin Pietersen was on Wednesday handed a berth in England’s provisional 30-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20, which begins in Bangladesh in March.

The 33-year-old batsman’s international future has been the subject of speculation since England’s humiliating 5-0 loss to Australia in the Ashes, with British media reports suggesting his place was at risk.

However, while he has been called up for the World Twenty20, he is not guaranteed to play in the tournament as the squad will be cut in half following the forthcoming three-match Twenty20 series against Australia.

England limited overs coach Ashley Giles dismissed suggestions that Pietersen’s presence in the squad could prove problematic, describing him as a “million-pound” asset.

Asked if he had discussed leaving Pietersen out of the squad with team director Andy Flower, Giles replied: “No. There was no discussion about leaving Kevin out.

“He’s another million-pound asset at least. He might be worth a bit more than that. He’s a fantastic player and he’s shown that in T20 cricket. Kev has been a fantastic player for England for many years.”

Pietersen has been rested for the Twenty20 series against Australia, but he took to Twitter last week to declare his “strong desire” to remain an England player.

Flower was forced to deny media reports that he had given the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) an ultimatum about Pietersen’s place in the squad, describing the rumours as “totally inaccurate”.

Test captain Alastair Cook, meanwhile, said that England would make no major decisions about resculpting the squad before they return home from Australia.

Giles revealed on Wednesday that the final composition of the World Twenty20 squad will be announced before England leave Australia in early February.

Steven Finn was included in the squad despite being allowed to leave Australia early to work on technical aspects of his game.

The Middlesex fast bowler was the only player in England’s initial 17-man Ashes squad not to play in the Test series and he has not played a game since.

“At the moment Steven needs a bit of space,” Giles said. “In the very short term he probably needs a couple of weeks away from cricket full stop.”

Provisional 30-man England squad for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, announced on Wednesday:

Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Ravi Bopara, Scott Borthwick, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Stuart Broad (capt), Jos Buttler (w), Michael Carberry, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Craig Kieswetter (w), Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Graham Onions, Steven Parry, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, James Tredwell, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright

ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

Photos

Gallery: India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's

Videos

Alastair Cook jokes about his bowling

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 1 Live Cricket Score: Angelo Mathews dismissed by JP Duminy

India’s wins in England — from 1971 to 2014

India’s win over England in 2nd Test at Lord’s: Twitter reactions

Ishant Sharma pummels England into submission as India clinch Lord’s Test by 95 runs

Ishant Sharma registers name at Lord’s honours board, takes 6 wickets in 2nd Test against England

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe 2014 England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014 Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 2014

India A tour of Australia 2014: Manan Vohra, Mohit Sharma gives India A easy win

Mahela Jayawardene scores 11th Test ton at SSC; Sri Lanka 212/3 at tea on Day 1 against South Africa

CLT20 2014 to begin on September 17

When Baichung Bhutia challenged Martin Crowe

Sania Mirza cannot be brand ambassador as she is married to Shoaib Malik, says Telengana BJP leader

Please help Graeme Pollock, cricket boards and franchises of the world

Cricket at Commonwealth Games and Olympics: Why not?

Peter Moores trolls Andy Flower out of the blue

India vs England 2014, 2nd Test at Lord’s: Ishant Sharma’s feats

India vs England 2014, 2nd Test at Lord’s: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s feats

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Priyanka Chopra: I was not hesitant about bald look in Mary Kom!

Arjun Kapoor: Finding Fanny was like holiday for me!

Tata Docomo launches unlimited free usage scheme for WhatsApp

Tennis star Sania Mirza clarifies, I will be an Indian till I die!

Cricket at Commonwealth Games and Olympics: Why not?

Harsh Vardhan writes to Mamata Banerjee about neo-natal deaths in West Bengal

How to get Mac OS X Yosemite today

[Video] ‘Mardaani’ Rani Mukerji: It’s time to unlock the great strength that lies within us

Revealed — why being obese makes a person slower!

Mahela Jayawardene scores 11th Test ton at SSC; Sri Lanka 212/3 at tea on Day 1 against South Africa

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here