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Modi: KP can make millions

Former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi has revealed Kevin Pietersen could earn as much as 3m in a single IPL season.

The 33-year-old batsman was told his England career was over on Tuesday amid huge controversy - but Modi was quick to highlight the pros of Pietersen's new freedom.

He said of Pietersen, who has already represented Royal Challengers Bangalore, Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils in the competition: "I think, as far as the franchises are concerned, this is like a God-sent gift.

"Kevin Pietersen is one of the world's best players, without any doubt, as far as Twenty20 is concerned, and other forms of the game.

"Every (IPL) team owner's dream was to get Kevin Pietersen to be playing full-time, to be available for the whole season, but he had to make time for the national team, rightly so.

"But now that he will be available for the whole time I think it will be England's loss and the IPL's gain and I myself am extremely happy that he will be available.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he went upwards of 2.5 to 3m (pounds)."