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So I retired from ODI cricket & the ECB banned me…” Kevin Pietersen on England cricket board

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Every action there is a reaction. The statement is getting more explicit day by day by the grace of social media these days. When someone says something anywhere around the globe, there is an immediate reaction comes from the digital media. Recently, news of Ben Stoke announcing retirement from ODI has boomed every nook and corner on the planet.

Michael Vaughan, the former captain of the English team has also given his reaction to the retirement decision taken by Stokes. He said, that both bilateral series and franchise cricket cannot go hand in hand.

“Bilateral ODI / T20 series will have to go if all the boards around the world are desperate for their own Franchise tournaments !! Something has to give. It shouldn’t be players retiring from one format aged 31 !!!!”

   He added.

The team England’s star all-rounder and test team captain Ben Stokes declared that he will not be continuing the ODI game due to a hectic schedule and has said goodbye to ODI cricket. He played his last ODI against South Africa at Durham. Former captain and popular commentator Kevin Pietersen lashed out at England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) when he came to know this. His immediate reaction created chaos. He wrote,

“When I retired from ODIs, the ECB stopped me from playing T20 Internationals.”

Stokes clarify the reason for getting retired from ODI as his current cricket schedule is power packed. Further, he said that it is difficult to give 100% in all three formats. Pietersen wrote on his Twitter handle, “I once said that the schedule is very dangerous and I will not be able to play this way.” That’s why I announced retirement from ODIs and then ECB banned me from playing T20 Internationals too….’. It was 2012 when Pietersen decided to retire from ODIs.

If we speak about Stokes, he played his last ODI on Tuesday (July 19). The English team suffered a defeat in this match. South Africa defeated him by 62 runs in the first match of the three-match series. It was the Stokes’ home ground. He failed to perform brilliantly against his visitors and returned to the pavilion after scoring five runs. He bowled but could not get a single hit. Stokes gave away 44 runs in five overs.

Stokes declared his retirement on Monday (July 18), a day before the match. He said that the first ODI against South Africa will be their last match in this format. Stokes will continue to play Tests and T20. This year he can also be included in the England team in the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia.

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