Kevin Pietersen has been named in England's provisional 30-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20. England are trading as 9.617/2 seventh favourites for the tournament, which takes place in Bangladesh in March and April...
"Ashley Giles, England's limited-overs coach, insisted he had no thoughts about leaving Pietersen out of the squad, describing him as a 'million-dollar asset'."
Pietersen was named player of the tournament when England won the 2010 World Twenty20 in the West Indies, but there has been speculation over his future as an international player following the 5-0 Ashes humiliation.
In the wake of the defeat, Andy Flower reportedly issued a 'him or me' ultimatum over the 33-year old batsman, although the England Test coach has denied the claims.
Ashley Giles, England's limited-overs coach, insisted he had no thoughts about leaving Pietersen out of the squad, describing him as a "million-dollar asset".
The 30-man provisional squad, which includes the uncapped (in T20s) Moeen Ali, Harry Gurney, Graham Onions, James Vince, Steven Parry, Gary Ballance, James Taylor and Michael Carberry, will be cut to 15 after the T20 series in Australia.
India are 5.39/2 favourites for the tournament, ahead of Australia at 6.05/1 and South Africa and Sri Lanka, both trading at 8.27/1.
The squad was announced on the day England revealed that Steve Finn has been sent home from Australia to 'work on technical aspects of his game'. The fast bowler has been struggling badly for form in recent months.