After being sacked by England, Kevin Pietersen will appear at the World Cup after all, although he will swap his bat for a microphone after being appointed as a pundit for the radio.
Pietersen has been signed up by the BBC as a guest summariser for the knockout stages of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand. He will also join the Test Match Special team in March to commentate alongside former England team-mate Graeme Swann, among others.
Pietersen, fourth on England’s list of all-time run scorers in one-day internationals, was not considered for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand after his contract was terminated by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last year.
“I’m really looking forward to working with the Test Match Special team at the World Cup,” Pietersen said. “I really enjoyed having a go at some commentary during the Big Bash and it will be good to return to Australia for the climax of what should be a really exciting tournament.”
Pietersen will work with the BBC from the quarterfinals onwards, joining the likes of Australian great Allan Border and Indian Sunil Gavaskar.