Kevin Pietersen on 9 January 2013 signed the full-central agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Pietersen was dropped from the final Test against South Africa because of the alleged claims that he had sent the text messages to the rival players in which he criticised the then-England captain Andrew Strauss.
By the end of 2012, Kevin Pietersen returned back to the team, but he only had his short-term contract. However, now he signed the full-central contract which gave him the same status like other team-mates of England cricket team.
Pietersen saw a very chaotic 2012 in which he announced his retirement not just from the 50-over internationals but also from the Twenty20 internationals. There were doubts about his future in Test cricket as well. Apart from this, Pietersen missed the World T20 in Sri Lanka. He was denied one of the ten central contracts which were distributed in September.
Nevertheless, after having conversation with the ECB, he came back to the England team in October 2012 and thereafter in all forms of the game.