- Kevin Pietersen has slammed Adil Rashid and Alex Hales for giving up on red-ball cricket
- PSL 2018 was Kevin Pietersen’s last competitive tournament as Kevin Pietersen retires from all formats of the game
- Having played 100 test matches for England, KP is a firm believer in the test cricket format
I still recall the exact moment where I picked up the newspaper and sports page headline simply read “Kevin Pietersen retires“, needless to say I stopped reading anything after that as the Kevin Pietersen news about retirement brought an end to one of the finest careers of the modern era where he was a true entertainer and a firm believer in the values of test cricket. That is why Kevin Pietersen has slammed the likes of Adil Rashid and Alex Hales for giving up on red-ball-cricket far too soon. Both Adil Rashid and Alex Hales have made themselves unavailable for selection for their county side and will continue to fish for opportunities in global T20 leagues. Kevin Pietersen PSL stint was in contrast, as it was opted by the former England cricketer only after national retirement.
Adil Rashid and Alex Hales have stopped playing red-ball cricket
Kevin Pietersen believes when a player stops wearing the whites of test cricket and tends to hunt for only the white ball cricket, it only brings their value down. Adil Rashid and Alex Hales did explain their decision in full but Kevin Pietersen believes it was a wrong call from both Adil Rashid and Alex Hales to give-up red ball cricket that easily when there are millions of cricketers who dream of winning a test cap for their country. Kevin Pietersen’s take on Alex Hales and Adil Rashid’s decision is truly a refreshing one given the monotonous mood surrounding Test Cricket these days.
After Kevin Pietersen retires, he gives a word of caution to Adil Rashid, Alex Hales
In a rather KP like interview which had little filters, Pietersen said: “These guys retiring from red-ball cricket to pursue white-ball cricket are making big mistakes. Your value decreases when you jump out of your whites.
“I was lucky enough to play 100 Tests, but if you have only played a handful of Tests and give up on red ball cricket you are viewed differently from someone who has fought through a long career and been through the ups and downs and scored Test hundreds. It puts you in a different league.”
Recalling on his time in Dubai during Kevin Pietersen PSL 2018 stint, he said: “I wanted to see a big Test series. T20s were on but I was not interested in watching them. I think that is where Test cricket will be in future years – just the stronger nations playing.”
It is being reported that Kevin Pietersen’s decision to retire from the game had come a lot earlier but he wanted to honor the contracts he had with PSL and Big Bash franchise which gave us the pleasure of watching him bat in PSL 2018 and Big Bash 2017-18 season. Having played 100 tests for England, KP is a firm believer in test cricket format and constantly speaks with the younger players to pursue the red-ball cricket even though Adil Rashid and Alex Hales are setting an odd trend of chasing the white-ball cricket.
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