Kevin Pietersen's career ended by ECB

Kevin Pietersen's England career ended after he was left out of the squad for 2014's World Twenty20.

Kevin Pietersen's England career ended after he was left out of the squad for 2014's World Twenty20. Picture: AFP

LONDON - Kevin Pietersen's England career was ended on Tuesday after he was left out of the squad for this year's World Twenty20 and limited overs tour of the Caribbean.

"Pietersen met with Paul Downton, the Managing Director England Cricket, this week and was told that the unanimous decision of the England management, including the selectors, was that now was the time to start the rebuilding process after England's disappointing winter in Australia," the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement.

That was the only explanation provided in a statement released by the ECB confirming that Pietersen had not been considered for selection for the forthcoming World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, and will not be considered again.

Pietersen played 104 Test Matches, 136 One Day internationals and 37 Twenty20 Internationals for England in a career which has spanned from November 2004 to the final Ashes Test match in Sydney in early January.

"Playing cricket for my country has been an honour. Every time I pulled on the England shirt was a moment of huge pride for me and that is something that will live with me forever," he said in the statement.

"Although I am obviously very sad the incredible journey has come to an end, I'm also hugely proud of what we, as a team, have achieved over the past nine years.

"I believe I have a great deal still to give as a cricketer. I will continue to play but deeply regret that it won't be for England."

For Pietersen's press statement click here.