The England and Wales Cricket Board has said the time is right to drop Kevin Pietersen so the "rebuilding process" in the wake of the disastrous Ashes campaign can begin.
Pietersen met with Paul Downton, the managing director of England Cricket, this week and was informed of the unanimous decision.
In a statement, Mr Downton said:
Clearly this was a tough decision because Kevin has been such an outstanding player for England as the fact that he is the country's leading run scorer in international cricket demonstrates.
However everyone was aware that there was a need to begin the long term planning after the Australia tour. Therefore we have decided the time is right to look to the future and start to rebuild not only the team but also team ethic and philosophy.
England cricket owes a debt of gratitude to Kevin who has proved to be one of the most talented and exciting players to ever represent the country and his 13,797 runs are a testimony to his immense skill. This decision brings some clarity now for the future of the England teams and we all wish Kevin the very best in the rest of his career.
Kevin Pietersen has said he is "very sad the incredible journey has come to an end", confirming the news that his England career is over.
"Playing cricket for my country has been an honour. Every time I pulled on the England shirt was a moment of huge pride for me and that is something that will live with me forever," the 33-year-old said in a statement.
"Although I am obviously very sad the incredible journey has come to an end, I'm also hugely proud of what we, as a team, have achieved over the past nine years.
"I feel extremely fortunate to have played at a time of great success for England cricket alongside some of the best cricketers the country has ever produced."
"I want to thank everyone for their fantastic support and I wish the team the very best of success going forward.
"I believe I have a great deal still to give as a cricketer. I will continue to play but deeply regret that it won't be for England."
Kevin Pietersen has been left out of the England squad for the tour of West Indies and World Twenty20, the ECB have confirmed.
Broadcaster Piers Morgan claims that his friend Kevin Pietersen has not been selected for the upcoming one day tour of West Indies and the World Twenty20 next month.
The former Daily Mirror editor was highly critical of the ECB's decision:
I can confirm Kevin Pietersen has been SACKED by the pathetic, spineless losers at the @ecb . Unbelievable.
KP sacked for being England's highest run-scorer in all competitions, and highest run-scorer in Ashes debacle. SHAMEFUL. #KPSacked
Kevin Pietersen's England career appears to be effectively over after media reports claimed he has not been selected for England's upcoming one day tour of West Indies and the World Twenty20 next month.
Pietersen's absence would inevitably spark further questions over his long-term involvement in the England set-up.
Pietersen's future has been unclear since the end of the disastrous Ashes series, while his turbulent relationship with team director Andy Flower was under the spotlight.
Flower's resignation earlier this month appeared to ease the pressure, however it now seems that Pietersen's services will not be retained.