London:England batsman Kevin Pietersen, recuperating from a surgery on his achilles heel, will miss the USD 6 million Twenty20 Champions League in October in India.
Pietersen's name was missing from the 20-man list provided by his IPL franchise -- the Bangalore Royal Challengers -- to the Champions League organisers yesterday, according to a 'Daily Telegraph' report.
The paper claimed Pietersen feared criticism from English authorities if he risked his fitness in Champions League.
The flamboyant batsman, who missed almost half of the Ashes series against Australia because of a surgery on his heel last month, will now have to wait until England's tour of South Africa in November to resume playing cricket.
Paul Collingwood, selected by the Delhi Daredevils, has admitted he was still unsure if he would play in the tournament.