Pietersen hired as World Twenty20 television pundit by ESPN-Star Sports

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 August, 2012, 3:18am


Axed England batsman Kevin Pietersen will work as a television pundit during next month's World Twenty20, raising the prospect of him commenting on his estranged former teammates, the broadcaster said yesterday.

The South Africa-born star was dropped from England's test side this month and overlooked for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka over "provocative" text messages allegedly criticising test captain Andrew Strauss. England coach Andy Flower has spoken of "unresolved" issues of trust and respect, with Pietersen reported to be at odds with a number of players in the dressing room.

The ESPN-Star Sports network said Pietersen will be part of its presentation and analysis team for the tournament, which starts on September 18.

"We're delighted that one of the biggest names is part of our team and look forward to hearing the insights of someone who knows the format and knows the current stars inside out," managing director Peter Hutton said.

Pietersen, 32, was man of the tournament when England won the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean - the first time they had lifted major International Cricket Council silverware.

He will also play a role in the publicity and promotion of the competition ahead of the tournament, the network added.

Flower said this week that he believed Pietersen's infatuation with the Indian Premier League played a significant role in the collapse of his international career. "I think it's fair to say that his issues over being available for the entire IPL have changed his attitude," Flower said.