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Flower doesn't expect KP to be in World T20 squad

ESPN staff
July 15, 2012
Kevin Pietersen has retired from limited-overs cricket © Associated Press

England coach Andy Flower remains doubtful of Kevin Pietersen's chances of being selected for the T20 World Cup.

Pietersen announced his shock international retirement from limited overs cricket earlier this summer, blaming a hectic schedule for the decision, but reiterated his desire to play in the World T20 in September.

Pietersen initially wanted to quit 50-over cricket and continue playing Twenty 20, but under the terms of his ECB contract was forced to call time on both formats of the game.

In action for Surrey this week, Pietersen had hinted he was in talks with the ECB and admitted would consider making a U-turn "if the schedule was right".

But with the preliminary squad expected to be named imminently for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, where England will be the defending champions, Flower does not expect Pietersen's name to be on the list.

"As things stand at the moment, no, there isn't," he told the Mail on Sunday. "The situation is the same as it was when he first approached us. The ECB are determined to protect all three formats of the game and part of that is not setting a precedent of allowing players to retire from one-day cricket alone."

Flower, who tried to convince Pietersen not to quit one-day cricket, fears the batsman may regret the decision.

"I think it's sad for a player in his batting prime not to be playing all forms of international cricket, something that a lot of the guys work very hard for but are also very lucky to have the opportunity to do," he said.

"So I would hate for him to get to the end of his career and look back and think, 'Oh damn, I wish I hadn't missed the World T20 or the 2015 World Cup'. Maybe he won't. Maybe he's a very... well he is a very different person to me, so he might not think that way at all."

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