Kevin Pietersen has announced he will be taking part in the 2014 Limacol Caribbean League this summer, in-between Surrey’s Natwest T20 Blast fixtures.
The powerful batsman will enter the draft which is due to take place in Jamaica next Thursday where over 200 players from around the world will be available for the six clubs to pick from.
It is great news for Pietersen who is set to captain Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League next month before joining up with Surrey where he has signed a contract for the English T20 competition in his ever increasing schedule.
England’s all-time leading run scorer in international cricket was told he no longer had a future with the national team earlier this year but he has made sure he will still be in the headlines on the cricket field after securing three lucrative deals to continue his career.
Concerned fans instantly raised questions in regards to Pietersen’s involvement with his county side with a potential clash in fixtures. However, the 33-year-old’s representatives and the player himself have moved to confirm he will be available for all of Surrey’s T20 fixtures.
Pietersen broke the news via his Twitter page whilst bantering with West Indian star Chris Gayle: “Delighted to enter the Draft for @CPL_T20 next week. Will we be rivals or teammates, @henrygayle?”
A statement was then released from CPLT20 which included some more in-depth quotes from Pietersen expressed his excitement to feature in this year’s tournament.
“I’m delighted to be involved in this year’s Limacol Caribbean Premier League. As soon as I was approached, I knew it was something I wanted to take part in.
“I have fantastic memories of playing T20 cricket in the Caribbean – especially when we won the 2010 ICC World T20 tournament – so I can’t wait to play in front of the magnificent Caribbean fans who create a truly unique and thrilling atmosphere.”
Damien O’Donohoe, Chief Executive of the tournament also added:
“This is great news for the CPL and our fans. Kevin’s inclusion in the Draft is a real statement of intent about how we want to grow the competition year on year, and demonstrates just how far we have come in a short period of time.
“He’s a born entertainer so the fans will love watching him play, and our younger players will get the opportunity to learn from his vast experience.”
The tournament runs throughout July and August with defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs will be challenged by St. Lucia Zouks, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, Antigua Hawksbills, Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents.
Full coverage of the draft will take place on www.CPLT20.com next Thursday at 7pm GMT.