Kevin Peter Pietersen will miss out the final edition of ICC Champions Trophy due to injured right knee. The 32 year old missed out the final test against New Zealand when he had to fly back to England because of the bruising knee earlier this year.
It had already been announced that KP will not be a part of English squad for the return series, starting on March 16. England faces New Zealand in two Tests and three ODIs just before ICC Champions Trophy, which kicks off on June 6.
ECB officials are hoping that KP will start full training in the mid of June. This means if things go as expected, Kevin Pietersen would represent Surrey against Yorkshire in Championship starting on June 21.
Kevin Pietersen made his comeback after temporary retirement from limited overs cricket in January against India. Playing against Men in Blue, Pietersen managed to score 185 runs in 5 matches.
Alaister Cook, Ian Bell, and Trott are expected to bat at the top order in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy. Meaning, English men will be heavily relying on Eoin Morgan in the middle order.
KP grabbed the attention of Cricket followers on South African tour in 2004/05. He scored 454 runs with the help of three centuries in seven match series. Then went on to reach the milestone of 1000 ODI runs in just 21 matches – equaling Vivian Richards’ record. Pietersen averages 41.60 in ODIs and has 9 centuries to his name.