London: Former skipper Kevin Pietersen said on Tuesday that England's decision to opt for three captains was "fascinating" but added "no-one knows whether it's going to work".

England will head into upcoming home series against Sri Lanka and India with separate skippers for all three international formats.

Andrew Strauss remains skipper of the Ashes-winning Test team but his decision to retire from One-day Internationals means fellow opening batsman Alastair Cook has taken charge ofthe 50-over side.

Surprisingly Stuart Broad, despite a lack of senior leadership experience, has been drafted in to replace PaulCollingwood as captain of England's world champion Twenty20team.

Such a three-way split is all but unheard of in international cricket and 31-year-old batsman Pietersen said, "It's fascinating, we've now got three captains.It's the first time it's ever been done but they are young with fresh ideas and Andy (England coach, Flower) has
had some good ideas so let's hope this is another one.”

"The three are going to have to put a lot of work in and no-one knows whether it's going to work, so let's see how it goes," he added.

Pietersen said, “If the One-day job becomes available, I would definitely be up for it."

 But it was an offer rejected by officials. It is reported that Pietersen had been among the names considered when reviewing the captaincy set-up before England opted forthe trio of Strauss, Cook and Broad.

(Agency)