Spartan star Kevin Pietersen has exclusively detailed the reasons behind his decision to withdraw from the upcoming auction for season 10 of the Indian Premier League tournament.

After another dominant summer playing in the Big Bash in Australia, Pietersen was expected to be one of the leading bidding targets for franchises when the auction is staged in Bangalore on February 20.

But the former England international who scored more than 13,000 runs across all formats in a distinguished career for his country has opted out of this year’s auction.

Speaking exclusively with Spartan International’s Paul Cochrane on the social media platform Kwickie, Pietersen said he was putting family first.

“It’s not all about cash. It’s about family and being with my kids. You only get to see your kids grow up once,” Pietersen said on the Kwickie App.

“I’ve been travelling. I did the Australia v South Africa test matches in Australia in October/ November. I played the Ram Slam in South Africa. I was in Australia for the Big Bash. I’m in Dubai all of now for the PSL (Pakistan Super League).”

“It’s just too much. I can’t spend April and May away from home. It’s just too long away from home. So it’s just family reasons. Nothing else. Just family reasons.”

Pietersen suffered a serious calf injury just four games into his campaign with the Rising Pune Supergiants last season.
He was released by the franchise during the off-season and was expected to be one of the most highly sought-after signatures in the IPL auction.

Pietersen scored 268 runs in eight matches to top the run scoring tally for the Melbourne Stars in the BBL.

He will suit up for the Quetta Gladiators in this month’s PSL competition.

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