Kevin Pietersen seeking new IPL franchise
There are rumours that the batsman's England career is over
Wednesday 29 January 2014
Kevin Pietersen is one of 10 English players who have nominated for next month's Indian Premier League auction.
Pietersen is seeking a new franchise, amid claims his England career is over, after the Delhi Daredevils opted not to retain any of their players from last season.
The 33-year-old has been listed at the highest base price of £194,000 and is one of just two players who played in the Ashes whitewash to nominate.
Ian Bell is, surprisingly, the other although he is not set to be required by England until the summer after being rested for the upcoming limited overs series in the Caribbean.
Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jade Dernbach, Craig Kieswetter, Luke Wright and Dimitri Mascarenhas are also on the list alongside Nottinghamshire duo Alex Hales and Samit Patel, who must attract the most lucrative contracts on offer to play under a deal with their county.
Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes have not nominated.
It had been suggested Pietersen might opt not to put his name down for the auction, which takes place on February 12-13, as a sign of his desire to fight for his England place.
It remains to be seen whether he will wear an England shirt again, after team director Andy Flower plots his new era.
England's hierarchy have been unwilling to discuss the controversial right-handers' future - or any of their under performing Ashes players - until a review is conducted in the coming weeks.
Pietersen's listing in the IPL auction confirms his intention to again play in the IPL, where he is regarded as one of the most valuable players both on, and off, the field.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) central contracts permit their players to play in the tournament and return on May 13.
That would allow them seven days to prepare in home conditions for the one-day international series against Sri Lanka.
The likes of Bell and Bopara would therefore need to return at that time should they be snapped up.
That would mean that they and Pietersen - should he remain an England player - would not be available for the entire tournament which is likely to reduce any offer they attract.
Patel and Hales, the world's top-ranked players, could be prevented from taking up a deal under a clause in their contracts with Nottinghamshire.
Both need to sell for the highest amount and therefore have nominated themselves at the maximum base price alongside Pietersen.
The Sistine Chapel is set to be illuminated with thousands of LEDs
Gillian Anderson lays into gender disparity in Hollywood
Arsene Wenger 18th anniversary at Arsenal: His WORST signings XI during his time with the Gunners
18 things Wenger has still never done at Arsenal
Arsene Wenger's worst signings XI
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Nani: On loan Sporting Lisbon winger admits he may not return to Manchester United
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered...
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 35,000 walrus gather on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Former Tory donor Arron Banks ups his Ukip donation to £1million following William Hague 'nobody' comment