Out of the Blue: Shocking retirements in sports in pictures


Kevin Pietersen: His retirement was practically 'enforced' on him, after he was omitted from the tour of the Caribbean and ICC World Twenty20, with the 33-year-old all but conceding in a statement that it was the end of the line for him with England. (Pic/ AFP)

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Today we celebrate the birthday of cricketer Kevin Pietersen, who announced a shocking retirement in 2014. On this day, we look at other cricketers who surprised the world by retiring all of a sudden from the game