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Thu Apr 24 16:17:24 SAST 2014

KP wants to play in Big Bash

TEAMtalk Media | 30 July, 2012 10:560 Comments
England v South Africa: 1st Investec Test - Day Three
Kevin Pietersen of England during day three of the first test between England and South Africa at The Oval on July 21, 2012 in London, England
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England batsman Kevin Pietersen is interested in playing in Australia's Big Bash League, according to Cricket Australia, and is being hunted by a number of teams to join them after Christmas.

Pietersen, who has repeatedly said he is not going to play in the BBL, is being sought by Sydney sides the Sixers and Thunder, as well as the Melbourne Renegades. If he does choose to participate, he will be paid a lot more than other players, taking an 'ambassadorial role' to get around the salary cap.

Mike McKenna, Cricket Australia's commercial general manager and the project manager of the BBL, said in the Sydney Morning Herald: "We're aware that he is interested and we're aware that a couple of teams at least are talking to him, and we're very hopeful that he will sign with a team and play after Christmas.

"He is definitely one of the top three or four global cricket stars at the moment. He's an explosive batsman, can bowl, and he would bring a charisma to the Big Bash League that would excite us and excite the fans.

"The teams have a salary cap and it's up to them to make sure he's being paid well enough to justify him coming here to play; the issue for us is whether there's a role he can play in promoting the Big Bash League."

Pietersen retired from England's limited overs squads in March this year, citing a desire to spend more time with his family and get away from the ECB's demanding schedule.

Since then he has said he wants to play for the entire IPL rather than just three weeks allowed by the ECB, and if he joins the BBL then critics will again accuse him of going after the money rather than pride in the England shirt.

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