2 March 2015 : Â Kevin Pietersen’s potential England return requires him to score heavily in county cricket this summer – but which counties, if any, are prepared to give him that opportunity?
The batsman, 34, had his international career ended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in February 2014 but was given encouragement that he might be able to return to the team in future by incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves.
Graves said the selectors “can’t ignore” Pietersen if he “scores a lot of runs” for a county, which would be the first step back towards resuming his international career.
Pietersen said he is “going to try to work this out for sure” while the ECB clarifed that “only players who are playing consistent high-quality county cricket and who are seen as a positive influence will be selected”.
The 2015 county season starts on 12 April but Pietersen is scheduled toplay for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which takes place between 8 April and 24 May.
He also has commitments to the Caribbean Premier League, which is being held in June and July, and there is the possibility of him working in the media during the summer.
Pietersen featured in the T20 Blast for Surrey last summer but his registration with the county was cancelled at the end of the season. He has previously played for Nottinghamshire and Hampshire in county cricket.
Source : BBC Sport