Pietersen becomes a father

ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen was in scintilating form prior to his return to England for the birth of his first child, who arrived this morning

Kevin Pietersen has described becoming a father for the first time as “the most amazing experience of my life” after his wife Jessica gave birth to a baby boy this morning.

Pietersen made a late dash from England’s World Twenty20 campaign in the Caribbean at the weekend to be at his wife’s side and will remain in London with her for the next couple of days.

The 29-year-old is, however, set to fly back to the West Indies to rejoin England’s squad should they, as expected, reach the semi-finals of the World Twenty20.

The last-four matches are scheduled to be played on Thursday and Friday.

A statement on Pietersen’s website, www.kevinpietersen.com, today read: “Kevin and Jessica Pietersen are both thrilled to announce the birth of their baby boy today.

“The baby was born this morning without complication and both baby and Jessica are doing brilliantly.

“Kevin said ‘this really is the most amazing experience of my life’.

“Kevin will stay with Jessica for a couple of days before returning to the West Indies to continue the tournament.

“They would now like to spend time on their own to enjoy and relish every minute of their new arrival.”

Pietersen had indicated before the World Twenty20 that he would return home should his wife go in to labour.

England will reach the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 should Pakistan beat South Africa or, failing that, England avoid a wide-margin defeat at the hands of New Zealand later today.

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