Tuesday 11 February 2014 

Pietersen Signs New Surrey Deal

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen will play for Surrey in this summer's NatWest T20 Blast competition
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Following his release by England, Kevin Pietersen has signed a new contract with Surrey to play county cricket this summer.

The revamped Twenty20 competition will be played predominantly on Friday nights during the summer and Pietersen's presence is a major coup for the tournament.

Surrey will play 14 matches against Essex, Glamorgan, Hampshire, Kent, Middlesex, Somerset and Sussex, home and away in the South Group.

"We are delighted to have agreed terms with Kevin, and to have a player of his ability at the Kia Oval," Surrey's director of cricket Alec Stewart said.

"Unsurprisingly there was a great deal of interest in Kevin from around the world, but he has made it very clear that he wants to play at Surrey and it is not only good news for the Club but for the domestic game in this country.

"We are now looking forward to watching him in the middle, scoring a bucket load of runs for Surrey.”

Pietersen added "I’m absolutely delighted to have agreed terms with Surrey and am thoroughly looking forward to playing my cricket for the Club this summer.

"I’ve had some of my best moments in cricket at the Kia Oval and I’m really excited at the prospect of getting back out there playing in what will hopefully be a brilliant summer for us all at Surrey."

The England management released Pietersen from his central contract last week after deciding that they no longer wanted him involved with the national team.

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