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Kevin Pietersen has been omitted from England's squads for the upcoming Twenty20 and ODI series against Pakistan

The selectors today named England's squads for the forthcoming NatWest International Twenty20 fixtures and the NatWest Series against Pakistan.

Kevin Pietersen has been omitted from both and will play the remainder of the county season with Surrey, who have reached a loan agreement with Hampshire at the request of the England team management and the ECB.

The 30-year-old will play his first match for Surrey tomorrow, a Clydesdale Bank 40 fixture against Worcestershire at the Brit Insurance Oval.

The NatWest International Twenty20 squad of 12 players, captained by Paul Collingwood, sees both Steven Davies and Craig Kieswetter selected, the former assigned the role of wicketkeeper.

Davies has also been included in the NatWest Series squad of 14, Kieswetter's omission the only change from the T20 squad along with the addition of captain Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott and Ajmal Shahzad.

National selector Geoff Miller said: "Kevin Pietersen has been omitted from both squads as we feel that his game would be best served by getting as much cricket under his belt as possible before a long and challenging winter.

“The remainder of the county season is an ideal opportunity to do just that and we thank Surrey for enabling Kevin the chance to play.

"We also thank both Surrey and Hampshire for facilitating the loan period for the remainder of the county season.

“Kevin has proved on numerous occasions that he is a world-class player and we know he’ll benefit from getting more time in the middle to work on his batting and get his game back to the level he has shown throughout his career.

“Steven Davies has had an excellent year for Surrey this season and has earned his chance to take on the role as wicketkeeper in England’s limited-overs set-up.

Craig Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter has also been left out of England's 50-over squad, replaced by in-form Surrey wicketkeeper Steven Davies

"As ever, the wicketkeeper’s role is a fiercely contested position in the England team and we’ve no doubt Craig Kieswetter will continue to press for the chance to reclaim his place in the England ODI squad.”

Pietersen said:"While I'm naturally disappointed to have been omitted from the England squad, I fully understand the reasons why and will be doing everything I can to get back into the England team.

"I have no issue with the selectors omitting me from the limited-overs squads and my sole focus now is working on my game ahead of an exciting winter.

"I would also like to add my huge thanks to Surrey for giving me this opportunity and I hope I can repay them with some runs."

Strauss will line up for Middlesex's Clydesdale Bank 40 fixture against Derbyshire on Saturday, before joining up with England's NatWest Series squad next Wednesday ahead of the first NatWest Series ODI at the Emirates Durham ICG on September 10.

While Ajmal Shahzad has been selected in the ODI squad, he will be available to play for Yorkshire throughout the NatWest Series when deemed suitable by the England management.

Ryan Sidebottom will play the first half of Nottinghamshire's LV= County Championship match against Durham which began today, before joining the England Twenty20 squad on Thursday in Cardiff.

Craig Kieswetter will play in Somerset's 50-over tour match against Pakistan at Taunton on Thursday, while Ian Bell will also make his return from a foot injury with Warwickshire in their Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Nottinghamshire on Saturday.

England NatWest International T20 squad

Paul Collingwood (captain, Durham)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Steven Davies (wicketkeeper, Surrey)
Craig Kieswetter (Somerset)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
Luke Wright (Sussex)
Michael Yardy (Sussex)

England NatWest Series squad

Andrew Strauss (captain, Middlesex)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Paul Collingwood (Durham)
Steven Davies (wicketkeeper, Surrey)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire)
Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
Luke Wright (Sussex)
Michael Yardy (Sussex)

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