Indian Premier League 2012 January 8, 2012

Kevin Pietersen transfers to Delhi Daredevils

ESPNcricinfo staff

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has transferred to Delhi Daredevils from Deccan Chargers for the 2012 season of the IPL, the IPL has confirmed. Pietersen is the third player to switch teams during the transfer window, after Dinesh Karthik and R Sathish.

"We are pleased to add Kevin to our line-up. He brings rich experience and an explosive quality to our batting and can be a more than handy offspinner as well," said TA Sekhar, GMR Sports' Head (Cricket). "We are sure that Kevin will help us to be very competitive this season and the Delhi Daredevils fans will enjoy this addition."

Pietersen was earlier part of Royal Challengers Bangalore and had captained the team for a few games in 2009. He was acquired by Deccan Chargers during the 2011 player auctions but could not play as he was recovering from a double hernia.

Pietersen, currently in the UAE for England's away series against Pakistan, said he was looking forward to the challenge of being part of a new setup. "I am looking forward to a wonderful time with the Delhi Daredevils," Pietersen said. "It will be a great experience to be playing in the same squad as Sehwag."

The first window for trading between IPL franchises closes on January 20. There will be another short window for trading after the February 4 auction in which the players of now terminated franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala will be sold. The tournament will run from April 4 to May 27, 2012.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Jay on January 10, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    @KavinDeven: Dude, I am not a fan of the IPL either but you cannot deny a vast majority of Indians enjoying the IPL for what it truly represents - FUN and ENTERTAINMENT. Serious cricket is always gonna be tests and ODIs. Besides.. Mumbai is NOT the whole India. It's only a microcosm. Move IPL games to the smaller townships like Pune and Cuttack and you will still get a full stadium most of the time.. even for an IPL game. That's the response to cricket in general in our crazy country. Obviously the bigger cities have numerous game fixtures in a calendar year... so the people there have the power of choice. The same can't be said about smaller towns.

  • Randolph on January 9, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Great call on KP being a Freelance cricketer! Even England picked him up!

  • Paul on January 9, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    wow, are these the same Indian team supporters who were criticizing India for their lackluster performance in Australia yesterday? What happened to them? I guess it isn't BCCI but the indian supporters who contribute to their team's shambolic performance overseas by continuing to support this mockery of a game termed IPL.

  • Alan on January 9, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    So KP's left Deccan Chargers. Does that constitute yet another team with which he's fallen out? :o) Maybe we can give him the benefit of the doubt about this one.

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Too many eyes on jadeja now !! I wont be wondering if jadeja earns 10crores frm the auction !! Becoz he is the only worthy indian batsmen frm kochi team apart frm him mccullum,parthiv patel, owais shah and vinay kumar and klinger would be worthy to be picked up rest all are useless.

  • khyber on January 9, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    @ leftarmtweaker and Sakthiivel: thanks guys for your kind comments. Afgh. guys are indeed doing really well. Today Mohammad Shahzad became the first Afghan for completing 1000 runs. People in Afghanistan call him Afghan Sehwag. Unfortunately, Hamid Hassan's injury helped England to win today. But never mind. its their first steps. The only thing is giving them chances. So I kindly request indian cricket fans to make Indian national team and Indian cricket Board to play against Afghanistan like Pakistan is ready to play a one day game in Dubai on Feb 12. This will help us.

  • Suresh on January 9, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    this silly kir..kir..cket will die down once the stadiums are empty and money evaporates. until then have fun.

  • John on January 9, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    @jonesy2 on (January 09 2012, 05:20 AM GMT) I usually don't respond to your remarks these days as you and your alias's remarks are purely to try and get up our noses.However , although this one probably was , there is truth in it. Having said that the IPL teams have included England players in the past. KP,Morgan as test players and guys like Shah,Bopara,Lumb ... who are ex Eng players or fringe players.I admit there would likely be little clamour for Eng players in such a format although having said that , the last time I looked we were (rightly or wrongly) ranked 1 by the ICC in this format. Dernbach seems to have gone off the boil recently but I still believe he can bounce back. I notice that Eng discard Luke Wright has just scored the fastest 100 in the Aus competition so it proves that these players can do it on their day.The IPL would be good for someone like him who is never a test player and his 44 ball 100 might raise his profile sufficiently to gain interest from an IPL team

  • Kavin on January 9, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    @ kimian - "Sehwag,Warner and Pieterson in the same XI.....Man,tats goin to be awesome !!!!" ...LOL Yeah, that too on a Flat Track of Kotla. Yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwn!

  • Kavin on January 9, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    @ - Cpt.Meanster - Indian public? Which indian public? I live in Mumbai (Yeah yeah cricket passionate Mumbai) people here have already lost hope in your hopeless IPL. CLT20's empty stadiums in Chennai and Mumbai shows...why!

  • No featured comments at the moment.