Kevin Pietersen, the former England captain, seems all excited about the prospect of returning to the county arena. The 36-year old, who now roams around the world freelancing with different T20 franchises, tweeted about his training session today with the county side, Surry. He will be playing for the first time in England since 2015.
He tweeted: “Today is going to be a great day – I’m training with @surreycricket this am. Buzzing with excitement to be playing cricket in UK again!”
Today is going to be a great day – I'm training with @surreycricket this am. Buzzing with excitement to be playing cricket in UK again! ??
— KP (@KP24) July 4, 2017
Pietersen’s last county match came on 31st June 2015 against Lancashire at the Kennington Oval, London. Surrey batted first and he scored just two runs after coming out to bat at No. 4 in the first innings. He did not get to bat again as the match ended in a draw.
His first game on return will be against Essex At The Oval on 19th July in this summer’s T20 Blast competition. He has also indicated that he might not play in the county competition again due to other personal commitments.
He has not played an international match since England sacked him in 2014. The star batsman also skipped the Indian Premier League 2016 and made only short commentary appearances. His last on-field appearance came in the 2015 season with the Rising Pune Supergiant under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.
Pietersen currently has a two years contract with Melbourne Stars in Big Bash League, Australia’s domestic T20 competition. He has also signed up to play in South Africa’s new T20 Global League this year. He also is available to play in the Pakistan Super League, where he represents Quetta Gladiators, and in the Caribbean Premier League, where he represents the St. Lucia Zouks.
“I am fitter than I even was when I was playing for England. As long as I am fit and enjoying batting I will play on,” he said.
However, he added that his involvement in wildlife conservation programmes in South Africa will prevent him returning to play in England next season.
“I’m building a house in the Kruger National Park so all of next summer I will be at my house in South Africa – so I won’t be playing in England,” he said.