County news February 7, 2014

Surrey want Pietersen deal

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Surrey are preparing to offer Kevin Pietersen "a good market rate" to retain his services once the severance of his ECB central contract is complete. Pietersen's England deal was due to run until October but his representatives have been negotiating a pay-off, in conjunction with the Professional Cricketers' Association.

Pietersen's England career was effectively ended by the ECB on Tuesday when it announced he would not be considered for selection. As a centrally contracted player, Surrey were not required to pay him a salary but Richard Gould, the club's chief executive, said that discussions to prolong the 33-year-old's stay were planned at the earliest opportunity.

Agreeing the termination of his England deal would free Pietersen up to play a full season in the IPL and, while he may be reluctant to return to the UK for Division Two Championship cricket, he is settled living with his family in Chelsea and thought to be open to a limited-overs arrangement.

"We know that he really wants to continue playing for Surrey and he knows we are really keen for him to continue doing so," Gould said. "Over the next week or so we will work together to try and make sure that happens.

"We need to make sure we can offer a 'KP' a good financial package as well as the knowledge that he belongs to a club that really values him and wants to see him play."

Pietersen has developed good relationships at Surrey, who he joined in 2010, and was at The Oval giving a coaching session to team-mates on the day of his controversial sacking by England. He will likely command a hefty fee in next week's IPL auction, in light of his extended availability, and could also be a target for the Caribbean Premier League, which clashes with the latter half of the English season.

"We are doing well commercially and we could afford to pay above that salary cap but the rules of the game mean that we're not allowed to." Gould said. "There is competition from the Caribbean Premier League, who have a three to four week tournament, but I just need to make sure we can offer Kevin a good market rate for his services that keeps us within the boundaries we need to remain within."

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  • Jay on February 8, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    @MukundGopi: It's you who is being selfish here. It's easy to be an arm chair pundit and call others selfish.

  • Jay on February 8, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    @Kelly Powell: Hehe, that's cute. :)

  • Gopinath on February 8, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Thanks KP go back to SA and learn discipline.

  • Gopinath on February 8, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    Guys forget KP. We have n number of players around the world to watch. We have Bravo brothers, Sammy, Dhawan, Bailey, Faf,Duminy oops too many to name. Why worry about one selfish KP

  • Jay on February 8, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    KP could play for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL for 2 months, then travel to Surrey and play for them, then wait till winter and play in the BBL. Take 1 month off and then travel to sunny Caribbean and play in the CPL. The entire thing goes round and round. WOAH ! I bet I would enjoy earning millions playing T20 rather than a boring team like England who have no clue as to what man-management is about. KP should be a happy man now and forget about his sour relationship with England. Have fun KP and looking forward to seeing you in the IPL this season.

  • Hamish on February 8, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Well I can only hope Surrey get more attendance at the ground from him than Hampshire did. My last memory of him at the Rose Bowl was when he was playing in an England v Australia ODI. One of the Hampshire faithful observed loudly from the Northern End when KP was in the outfield that, "The satnav worked then Pietersen." Unamused? 'fraid so, and I don't think the roars of laughter from the crowd helped either.

  • Archit on February 8, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    KP... for GOD's sake , please do not leave the International scene... play for some country... England to be ideal but anything would do... it is always great to see you on field... needless to say while batting as well...

  • Vic on February 8, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    mmm I wonder how KP & Graeme Smith will get along both playing for Surrey?

  • G on February 8, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    GeoffreysMother, I wouldn't worry too much, whilst pietersen will be gutted his international career is over, he's going to have more than enough opportunities come his way for the next few years. But I'm not sure how you're going to cope, being unable to launch tirades at someone that doesn't play for England or your own county anymore

  • Dummy4 on February 8, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    If they need a replacement KP, I am available.......

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