England news January 10, 2014

Pietersen not retained for new IPL


Kevin Pietersen's future has been pushed further into doubt with his IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils deciding not to retain any of their players.

Pietersen, who has a cloud hanging over his international career after a difficult Ashes series and reported rift with team director Andy Flower, was expected to be retained for IPL 2014 but Daredevils have instead chosen to build a new team.

Delhi tweeted: "DD will not be retaining any player from the previous squad for IPL-7. It was a unanimous decision by the management in order to build a fresh team that our fans will be proud of DD."

It is understood that Daredevils, who finished bottom of the IPL last season which Pietersen missed with a knee injury, were in negotiations with Pietersen and fellow star attractions Virender Sehwag and David Warner but the talks fell through with the franchise not willing to meet the price requested by the players.

Pietersen will now have to enter the auction, on February 12 and 13, for the seventh season of IPL. If he chooses not to, he would become available for the first half of Surrey's County Championship campaign ahead of the first Test of the English summer on June 12 against Sri Lanka.

Missing the tournament would send a clear message to the England management that Pietersen is still committed to international cricket. Pietersen, who has already tweeted his strong desire to remain an international player, will regard that as a gesture that he has no cause to make.

It is therefore highly likely that Pietersen, who previously requested more time to be made available for England players to take part in the IPL, will take advantage of the ECB's decision to shift back the first Test of the summer.

In a deal sealed in new central contracts which were not signed until England left for the Ashes tour, the agreed cut-off date for England players to return ahead of the international programme is May 13, which would give them seven days preparation ahead of the first ODI against Sri Lanka.

The IPL will also test the ambitions of Eoin Morgan, who is keen to return to Test cricket. Morgan has previously opted to play in the IPL and miss a large chunk of the English season. Last year he played for Kolkata Knight Riders and scored 307 runs at 27.90.

Morgan has played 16 Tests for England, the last in February 2012, but is still unproven in red-ball cricket with a first-class average of 34.45. Commitment to Championship cricket is surely a requisite for him to be considered for Test cricket again.

Jos Buttler is another England player who could be considered for Test duty but whose T20 talent should make him in-demand for the IPL. Ben Stokes, who has emerged as England's allrounder in all formats, is not expected to enter the auction.

Alex Winter is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • soumyas on January 16, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    @Bamber, u seem to hate IPL, u say IPL is irrelevant, but just search for word "IPL" on this page, which is more than words even "Cricket", "England". And u have typed "IPL" 2 times while trying to ignore it. that shows it's popularity, so KP can't ignore it.

  • Android on January 12, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Pommies just don't travel very well.

  • Steve on January 11, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Really folks, the article isn't about the IPL, it's about choice. KP previously had an existing contracual obligation that no longer exists. The article merely highlights that KP now has a choice that he didn't have before : If he commits to England and plays for Surrey, Flower CAN'T ignore him, particularly if he scores runs; if he's thousands of miles away scoring the odd 30, will it help his England cause? Unlikely. The article then points out that Morgan and Buttler have the same choice. The fact that it's the IPL is almost irrelevant, it could have been a charity fun run up a mountain or excruciating time in the jungle. KP now has a choice, does he commit to England and test cricket or doesn't he? You just know he's going to say or do something cringingly KP'like though don't you? Isn't it just GREAT being an English cricket fan at the moment?? Chins up chaps, surely we can't be as monumentally pony in the ODIs??

  • Robert on January 11, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    So is Warners future also in doubt? No. Of course it isn't. Same way that this does not affect KP's future either.

    This is just another example of a desperate hack trying to make his name on the back of a KP story.

  • Jay on January 11, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Why on earth does Delhi Daredevil's decision not to keep it's existing overseas players have any relevance to KP's future as a cricketer? Another IPL Team will just bid for him. Even if he didn't play in the IPL for a year, that gives him more opportunity to concentrate on his England team. Pointless article in my view..

  • $$ milind on January 11, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    I don't think IPL is gonna suffer without English players or any other players really. The special attractions are our own India players and a few big names such as Gayle, Bravo, Pollard, Narine, Watson, de Villiers.... A lot of people in India don't really know Morgan, Buttler, Hales, Stokes, etc. I don't think they are gonna attract crowds. IPL has enough of South Africans, Australians, West Indians to make it look star-studded. So if people do not wanna come here, its their choice. As a Indian we don't really care if 5 players don't participate.

  • Steven on January 10, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    @SurlyCynic on (January 10, 2014, 20:10 GMT)

    Great analysis mate.

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    This is not really England news is it? It's IPL news, so why it is the second story on the UK version of the site I am unsure. DD have released everyone, not really even about KP.

  • Sammy on January 10, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    @amumtaz - We are all waiting eagerly for the launch of PPL!

  • Jay on January 10, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    @amumtaz: The IPL is one of India's ICONIC tournaments and a celebration of T20 cricket for 2 months. KP's form has nothing to do with the IPL's attractiveness. The Daredevils simply want to build a team for the future and they reckon KP is not okay for their plans. Who knows, KP could be brought back into the fold during the auction itself. We will have to wait and see.

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