After the shock of the English Cricket Board (ECB) ending Kevin Pietersen’s international involvement last week, his national careers in both England and India have been strengthened to greater heights than ever before.
Surrey Cricket Club revealed yesterday that they had signed the star within the ECB’s £2 million salary cap for the 2014 cricket season that begins in May. Before that, Pietersen is set to play the full incredibly lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), with players being auctioned off to the teams tomorrow and Thursday.
Kevin Pietersen has already been allocated the highest reserve price of 20 million rupees (£195,000), but some experts, including former IPL chief Lalit Modi, have forecasted the possibility of Pietersen reaching £3 million, setting a new auction record in the process.
English players are often seen as problematic by IPL franchises, due to their international commitments that they are obliged to fulfil. However, Pietersen’s recent dismissal brings a new perspective to the auction: a world-class English cricketer whose availability spans the entire season.
In all, 514 players will be auctioned in the next two days, yet all eyes are on Pietersen, his price and the team that secures his services, which are seen vital to providing a real chance of winning the eight-team, twenty-over championship.
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