Former England Captain kevin pietersen He called it “ciao” for professional cricket today in 2018.

Pietersen confirmed his retirement with an emotional Instagram post after deciding not to participate in the contest. Pakistan Super League playoffs.

The 37-year-old batsman insisted he was “extremely proud” of his achievements at the game and paid tribute to his family for being “the most unrealistic fans” during a career in which he represented England prominently for nine years.

It was during the 2005 Ashes that Pietersen came to prominence after starring in a 2-1 win. Australia With the first Century of Test in the final fixture of a series vibrating in the Oval.

More Ashes wins would follow, with success in the shorter format of the game with the explosive hitter named the player of the tournament in England’s first T20 World Cup win in 2010.

Overall, Pietersen scored another 5,616 rounds in limited-edition cricket for England in 173 games while scoring 23 centuries in 104 Tests, but his international career came to an abrupt end and was not without controversy.

Pietersen was a casualty of the 2013-14 Ashes in Australia, where England were defeated 5-0, and was involved in a texting scandal 18 months ago during a counter-series. South Africacountry of birth.

The Pietermaritzburg-born maverick spent the last years of his career making notable hits on the T20 circuit and occasionally for domestic team Surrey.

He achieved the highest first-class score of 355 in 2015, but failed to persuade former teammate and then England cricket director Andrew Strauss to recall Pietersen, who had refused to play for the Quetta Gladiators in the PSL.

Pietersen, who is nearing retirement in recent months, wrote on Instagram: “Thank you for all the nice messages! Loved entertaining you all! Ciao, cricket! I love this game!”