Alviro Petersen hints at international retirement

Alviro Petersen made his Test debut with a century against India at Eden Gardens in 2010 © Getty Images

Sep 25, 2013

South African batsman Alviro Petersen has said that he might retire from international cricket to concentrate more on domestic cricket. He suggested that he has to think things through and that cricket was not the most important thing in life.
 
“Sometime I will have to call it time on my international cricket. We will know in the near future. I may only play domestic cricket for a couple of years,” Petersen was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
 
“Cricket is not the most important thing in life. It is not at all important; there are so many more things.”
 
The 32-year-old, who is leading the South African team Highveld Lions in the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) 2013 said he prefers playing only Tests over the shorter format of the game.
 
“I’m pretty happy not to play One-Day Internationals (ODIs), I’m happy to play Tests. If it was my choice, I’d play Tests rather than the shorter forms. I’m looking to focus on that in the near future,” said Petersen.
 
After a gap of more than a year, Petersen was recalled to the team in for the ODI series against Sri Lanka. He said, “I’m bound contractually to play any format.”
 
Petersen made his Test debut with a century against India at Eden Gardens in 2010.