England Test captain Alastair Cook and his controversial teammate Kevin Pietersen can play in Pakistan Super League. There is a chance that they can share the dressing room if not they play against each other.
Cook as expressed his interest about PSL. James Anderson and Ian Bell have already signed agreements confirming their appearance in the competition’s draft while Cook has been in talks with organisers but has yet to confirm his availability.
The inaugural PSL will feature five provinces based franchise-Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Islamabad. The tournament will be a 24 match evening soup opera. The tournament is scheduled to start from February 4 and will continue till 24 of the same month in Dubai and Sharjah.
The players’ auction will be held in December.
The dates of the tournament will prevent members of England’s limited over squad as they will tour South Africa for a series. But, several discarded players like Luke Wright, Monty Panesar, Tim Bresnan, Jade Deranbach, Ravi Bopara and Michael Carberry will be available for the tournament.
Ian Bell was recently dropped from England’s Test squad for the tour of South Africa for his failures in the Pakistan series. So, he will be free for any competitive cricket while bowler Anderson has not played limited over cricket internationally since England’s disastrous world cup campaign Down Under.
Meanwhile, Pietersen has also been signed to play the tournament. As a result, there is a chance that he and cook have to face each other or even share a dressing room at some stage of the tournament. The two stopped talking with each other since the day in February 2014 when Pietersen was informed that he would not be considered for England team anymore. Pietersen later portrayed Cook as a “decent” but spineless in his autobiography. Pietersen compared him with Ned Flanders from The Simpsons- suggesting he spent the final meeting between the pair unable to look Pietersen in the eye.
Pietersen hailed Cook’s captaincy as “outstanding” during the Ashes and admitted that the decision to drop him had been largely vindicated by Ashes success, the two have yet to mend their personal relationship.
Pietersen currently plying his trade in South African domestic T20 league.