Kevin Pietersen could skip IPL

Hobart: Exiled batsman Kevin Pietersen says he’s considering a return to English county cricket this year in a bid to regain his place in England’s Test and ODI sides. The 34-year-old says he’s looking at the prospect of signing a county contract and ditching his lucrative deal with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as it clashes with the English domestic season.

Surrey’s Kevin Pietersen during a Natwest T20 Blast match last year. Pic/Getty Images

“That’s what I’m looking at the moment. There will be a change of scenery at board level at the ECB and I’ve always expressed my desire to play for England again if I got the opportunity,” Pietersen told Fox Sports ahead of his World Cup commentary debut during Australia’s match against Scotland on Saturday.

A report in The Telegraph said: “To have any chance of playing for England, Pietersen has to show his full commitment by pulling out of IPL and agreeing to play all formats of the game in county cricket.” Pietersen retweeted the story and changed his profile image to the back page of the paper trumpeting his return.

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