Quetta Gladiators' star batsman Kevin Pietersen has apologised to his fans for not travelling to Pakistan for the knockout games of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).
He remains the fifth most prolific run-scorer for England in the format, behind Alastair Cook, Graham Gooch, Alec Stewart and David Gower.
He later added on Instagram: "Boots up! Family, animals, golf...! H O M E", the swashbuckling batsman tweeted, before following it up with another message to his 3.65 million followers.
Andrew Flintoff and Pietersen were England team-matesFollowing the end of his worldwide career, Pietersen predominantly became a globe-trotting T20 specialist, playing in the T20 leagues in Australia, India, South Africa, West Indies and the PSL.His last appearance in England came for county side Surrey last summer."I'm super proud of everything", added Pietersen.
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"Well done @KP24 on an fantastic career ..." Not Everyone's Cup of Tea but you will do for me ...
I hope you can respect my decision and my family's decision not to travel.
Pietersen's returns in the tournament were underwhelming as Quetta finished fourth in the table to earn themselves a play-off berth - he made 7 from six balls against Islamabad United in that final innings, and managed just one half-century in eight innings all told - albeit an explosive 52 from 34 balls against Karachi Kings. 1st England batsman that put fear into the Aussies.
"BOOTS UP! Thank you!", read a tweet. "Most talented batter I ever saw, great guy, go well as I know you will".
The 37-year old represented England in 104 Tests and scored 8,181 runs with 23 centuries and 35 half-centuries, after making his debut against Australia at Lord's in 2005.
The 2013-14 Ashes didn't go according to plan for Pietersen - he mustered just two fifties in 10 innings as England were thumped 5-0 and was then sacked by the European Central Bank hierarchy shortly after - but that wasn't the case four seasons previously when he helped his country win the urn for the first time Down Under in 24 years.