25 Aug 2012

Pietersen to become commentator

12:48 pm on 25 August 2012

The axed England batsman Kevin Pietersen will work as a television pundit during next month's Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

The host broadcasters of the tournament, the ESPN-Star Sports network, says Pietersen will be part of its presentation and analysis team.

The South Africa-born star was dropped from England's Test side this month and not picked for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka after sending "provocative" text messages to the Proteas allegedly criticising England Test captain Andrew Strauss.

Pietersen was the man of the tournament when England won the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, the first time they had lifted a major piece of ICC silverware.

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 as well as Strauss.

Pietersen is expected to speak with Strauss face-to-face after the England captain returns from holiday in a bid to soothe tensions.

But Flower says it would be unrealistic to expect all problems to be resolved before central England playing contracts are renewed next month.

The coach says Pietersen's desire to play the full Indian Premier League season at a reported pay package of $NZ 2.46 million had played a major role in the collapse of his relations with England.

Pietersen quit limited-overs cricket earlier this year, possibly with the aim of playing the entire IPL season, whose last two weeks clash with the start of the English domestic season in May.

He subsequently backtracked on his decision and re-affirmed his commitment to representing England in all three formats.