England batsman Kevin Pietersen has signed a deal to play for Surrey until the end of the 2011 season, the club has confirmed.
Pietersen, who was released by Hampshire at the end of the 2010, finished the season at Surrey and is now set to rejoin them, although his chances of representing them depend on the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), with whom he holds a central contract.
“I’m delighted to be playing for Surrey next season, as I really enjoyed my time with them at the end of this year," Pietersen told the club's website (www.britoval.com).
“I hope I can get some games in over the summer and spend time at this great Club, meeting more of the staff and supporters. I look forward to catching up with the guys when I get back from the Ashes.”
Paul Sheldon, Chief Executive of Surrey County Cricket Club, added: “It is a real privilege for Surrey to have signed one of England’s greatest players. When Kevin played for us last season, he was a strong positive influence in the dressing room, especially with our younger players.
“Although there is a packed schedule of International cricket in 2011, I know that whatever contribution he can make to the Club will be of immense value. Meanwhile, we have sent Kevin and our other England squad players our very best wishes for the Ashes series starting on Thursday.”
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