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Controversial former England captain Kevin Pietersen will make an appearance at this year’s Cricket World Cup after all.
However, Pietersen will swap the bat for the microphone after joining the BBC’s commentary team for one-day cricket’s showpiece event.
The 34-year-old was not considered by the ECB for the tournament, despite his excellent form with the bat whilst playing for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League.
Pietersen will commentate from the quarter-finals onwards, joining the likes of Michael Vaughan, Allan Border and Sunil Gavaskar on BBC’s commentary team.
“I really enjoyed having a go at some commentary during the Big Bash,” Pietersen told the BBC.
“It will be good to return to Australia for the climax of what should be an exciting tournament.”
The World Cup begins on February 13 (GMT), with co-hosts New Zealand kicking off proceedings against Sri Lanka in Christchurch.