England's Pietersen dilemma

Pietersen returns to Surrey CB40 squad

George Dobell

August 17, 2012

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Kevin Pietersen cracked his first ball to cover on return to county cricket, Surrey v Hampshire, FLt20 South Group, The Oval, July 2, 2012
Kevin Pietersen is set to return to action on Sunday © Getty Images

Kevin Pietersen will return to action for Surrey in Sunday's CB40 match against one of his previous clubs, Hampshire, at West End.

Pietersen, who was dropped from the England side for the final Test of the series against South Africa at Lord's following an incident where he sent what he termed 'provocative' texts about England captain Andrew Strauss to members of the South Africa team, is anxious to win a recall to England's limited-overs squads. The ECB will announce the squads for the World Twenty20 and the limited-overs series against South Africa on Tuesday.

The ECB have also released Pietersen for the CB40 against Glamorgan at the Oval on Tuesday, a game which will be used to launch the Tom Maynard Trust, a charity founded in memory of the Surrey and Glamorgan batsman who died in tragic circumstances in June aged just 23. No decision has yet been made about the playing commitments of any of England's other contracted players beyond Tuesday.

Surrey will be grateful for Pietersen's return. Their form has deteriorated since the death of Maynard, with Mark Ramprakash retiring and Rory Hamilton-Brown taking extended compassionate leave and relinquishing the captaincy. They can still retain the CB40 trophy they won last year, however, and go into Sunday's game against Hampshire just a point behind the hosts with a game in hand.

Quite what reception Pietersen can expect remains to be seen. He left Hampshire under something of a cloud in 2010 having complained about the distance of the ground from his Chelsea home and the events of recent weeks will have done little to win over those who were unimpressed by him then.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Kidderwolf on (August 18, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Fantastic for Surrey, I hope he wil inspire their players as they still seem to be struggling at the moment.

And if he opens the batting with Davies that will be 2 players discarded by England, who feel they need to make a point.

Posted by Britosouthafribabwean on (August 18, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

In south Africa this would have been resolved ages ago. The ECB s role is to smooth over the politics not make it. They have painted themselves into a corner intentionally and lost the only player who can make them a remotely respectable side. No doubt KP has been antagonised and had the media turned against him using English finesse. England don't deserve you KP move on.

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 18, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Big blow for Surrey. Good luck.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 17, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

@Genius_Shahzad George: I don't think so. KP will play in the IPL regardless. In fact he would be way happier now without the burden of international cricket. I am sure he will play mind-free cricket for Surrey. He will go on to get a good deal in the BBL and follow that up with IPL cricket early next season. Then he might even sign up with some funny named franchise in the BPL or SLPL etc. KP is the next Chris Gayle. There is nothing bad in that. As long as cricket boards are egoistic, selfish and greedy, there will always be players like KP.

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

@Genius-Shahzad George i think he would still run for IPLat the first available chance just like Shahid Afridi

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

Hey KP u deserve this... its good lesson 4 u next time u wont be running 4 IPL.

Posted by bumsonseats on (August 17, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

pr3m not sure a big score will placate my feelings for the guy hes let his team down by insulting his captain and coach thru a social networking site, and did not understand what he had done wrong.

Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

KP talented yes and a great asset to have but I don't think the England Team will miss him because England do have a lot of depth. Besides its a well known fact that no players is bigger than the game in any sports including Cricket.

Posted by 200ondebut on (August 17, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Glad to see KP back playing. Hope ECB get over their issue soon so that we can put an end to the media created divisions in the dressing room.

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (August 17, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Imagine if.......................

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