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Pietersen to feature in CPL

Kevin Pietersen has confirmed that he will play in this year's Caribbean Premier League.

The former England batsman is certain to be one of the most sought-after targets for the six franchises when the draft takes place in Jamaica next Thursday.

Pietersen, who was acrimoniously discarded by England following the disastrous Ashes tour, will captain the Delhi Daredevils in the forthcoming Indian Premier League.

He agreed a deal to return to Surrey this summer, but he has activated a clause in his contract which allows him to feature in the CPL in July and August.

"I'm delighted to be involved in this year's Limacol Caribbean Premier League," said Pietersen.

"As soon as I was approached, I knew it was something I wanted to take part in.

Fantastic memories

"I have fantastic memories of playing T20 cricket in the Caribbean - especially when we won the 2010 ICC World T20 tournament - so I can't wait to play in front of the magnificent Caribbean fans who create a truly unique and thrilling atmosphere."

CPL chief executive officer Damien O'Donohoe added: "This is great news for the CPL and our fans.

"Kevin's inclusion in the Draft is a real statement of intent about how we want to grow the competition year on year, and demonstrates just how far we have come in a short period of time.

"He's a born entertainer so the fans will love watching him play, and our younger players will get the opportunity to learn from his vast experience."

More than 200 international cricketers are expected to be available in next week's draft.

The Jamaica Tallawahs will defend their title against the St Lucia Zouks, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, Antigua Hawksbills, Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents.