Friday 4 April 2014 

Pietersen Top Draw At CPLT20 Draft

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen will play for the St Lucia Zouks in this year's Caribbean Premier League
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Kevin Pietersen will play for the St Lucia Zouks at the Caribbean Premier League 2014 after he was the first player drafted ahead of the new season.

The Surrey batsman will be available for the tournament following his Indian Premier League commitments with the Delhi Daredevils as he is no longer centrally contracted by England.

Pietersen is the only Englishman who will feature in the competition while six Pakistan players have been drafted - one in each franchise.

They are Mohammad Hafeez (Guyana Amazon Warriors), Ahmed Shehzad (Jamaica Tallawahs), Nasir Jamshed (Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel), Sohail Tanvir (St Lucia Zouks), Imran Nazir (Barbados Tridents) and Saeed Ajmal (Antigua Hawksbills).

New Zealand's Martin Guptill (Guyana), Ireland's Kevin O'Brien (Trinidad & Tobago), Australia's David Hussey (Antigua), Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan (Barbados) and South Africa's Roelof van der Merwe (St Lucia) will also feature.

Pietersen, who will join West Indies captain Darren Sammy on the St Lucia Zouks side, is delighted to have been drafted.

"I’m delighted to have signed for St. Lucia Zouks and I’m excited to play in the CPL.

"The Caribbean is one of my favourite places to play because it's a very entertaining, relaxing, enjoyable environment and that's the kind of environment I think I perform best in."

Leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who helped the West Indies reach the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, is thrilled to have been re-signed by Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.

"I’m thrilled to have re-signed for the Red Steel and I’m looking forward to teaming up with Dwayne (Bravo) and Ross (Taylor) again.

"There’s nothing better than playing in front of a packed house of excited Caribbean fans, and they’re going to love watching the guys who have been drafted today."

And Sir Viv Richards, Antigua Hawksbills Mentor, added:

"We’re really pleased with all our selections and we are looking forward to preparing to challenge for the 2014 CPL title.

"We have a good mix of experience among the players who will be led from the front by our West Indies Franchise player, Marlon Samuels and our International Franchise Player, Saeed Ajmal."

The full line-up for all six franchises will be finalised on Sunday after any final trades are completed.

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