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Pietersen tweets support for Piers after US show axed

Cricketer Kevin Pietersen has tweeted his support of Piers Morgan after the former tabloid editor's US talk show was cancelled by CNN.

Read more: Piers 'looking on bright side of life' after US show axe

Kevin Pietersen re-signs for Delhi Daredevils

Kevin Pietersen has re-signed for the Delhi Daredevils, as he continues to plan for life after England.

Kevin Pietersen has re-signed for the Delhi Daredevils after being axed from England. Credit: Press Association

Pietersen is free for the first time to feature in a full Indian Premier League campaign, following his axing as a contracted England player at the age of 33 which has effectively signalled the end of his international career.

The IPL announced on its official Twitter feed this morning that Pietersen would play for the Daredevils in the 2014 season. The team agreed to pay 90 million Indian rupees (around £880,000) for Pietersen at the pre-season auction.

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Pietersen agrees deal with Surrey after England exit

Kevin Pietersen has agreed terms to play for Surrey this summer, the County side have confirmed.

The 33-year-old batsman will now play for Surrey in the new domestic T20 Blast competition.

Kevin Pietersen will now play for Surrey in the new domestic T20 Blast competition. Credit: PA Wire

The decision to leave Pietersen out of England's squads for the tour of the West Indies and the ICC World Cup sparked controversy, with the England and Wales Cricket Board suggesting his omission was due to a lack of trust.

Pietersen said he was "absolutely delighted" with the news.

Watch: Pietersen refuses to comment after England omission

Piers Morgan: 'Trust' issue never raised with Pietersen

Broadcaster Piers Morgan says he has been told by sacked English cricketer Kevin Pietersen that "the issue of trust" was never raised with him between his "rehabilitation and sacking".

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Just spoke to @kp24 - nobody has EVER raised the issue of 'trust' with him between rehabilitation & sacking. Not ECB, Cook, anyone. Fact.

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'Trust' never mentioned during Downton/Whitaker meeting where @kp24 was sacked. Not once. Fact.

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ECB not produced a single shred of evidence that @kp24 breached Cook's, or anyone else in team's trust since coming back into side. Fact.

No comment has been made by Pietersen's management since the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed the former player had been released from his contract.

Read: England and Wales Cricket Board takes aim at critics of Pietersen decision

ECB: England needs to 'rebuild' after Ashes 'whitewash'

The England and Wales Cricket Board says the team needs to "rebuild" after its 5-0 Ashes loss to Australia, and create a "culture" in which it can be confident Alastair Cook will be fully supported.

The ECB recognises the significant contribution Kevin has made to England teams over the last decade. He has played some of the finest innings ever produced by an England batsman.

However, the England team needs to rebuild after the whitewash in Australia. To do that we must invest in our captain Alastair Cook and we must support him in creating a culture in which we can be confident he will have the full support of all players, with everyone pulling in the same direction and able to trust each other. It is for those reasons that we have decided to move on without Kevin Pietersen.

– England and Wales Cricket Board and Professional Cricketers' Association joint statement

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Pietersen decision a move to 'invest' in Alastair Cook

Kevin Pietersen has been officially released from his central contract with the ECB.
Kevin Pietersen has been officially released from his central contract with the ECB. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed Kevin Pietersen has been released from his contract, as the side moved to "invest in our captain Alastair Cook".

Read: Kevin Pietersen's colourful England career in pictures

In a joint statement with the Professional Cricketers Association, the ECB said it had been a "matter of great frustration" that it had been unable to respond to "unwarranted and unpleasant criticism" during negotiations.

Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne had described the apparent decision as a "disgrace and a joke" for keeping Pietersen on the England side.

Cameron: 'Powerful argument' for keeping Pietersen

David Cameron has voiced his views on the ejection of Kevin Pietersen from the England cricket team, saying there was a "powerful argument" for keeping him on the team.

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Kevin Pietersen was confirmed as being left out of the England squad for the tour of West Indies and World Twenty20. Credit: PA

Speaking on BBC Radio Lancashire, the Prime Minister said: "I am an enormous fan of Kevin Pietersen and I have had some of my most enjoyable times watching him tonking the ball all over the park.

"It is not often I have a sympathy for Piers Morgan but I thought he was making quite a powerful argument this morning on my radio."

Read: Piers Morgan slams Kevin Pietersen decision

But Mr Cameron insisted he didn't want to interfere in the England Cricket Board's decision making, saying: "I will let the England selectors pick the England team, I think I had better stay out of this one."

Read: Kevin Pietersen's colourful England career in pictures

Shane Warne describes Pietersen decision as 'disgrace'

Kevin Pietersen's former Ashes adversary Shane Warne has described the decision to end the 33-year-old's international career as a "disgrace".

The decision has reverberated around the world, and the former Australian bowler made his feelings clear on Twitter.

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I also just heard the sad news re KP that he has played his last game for England, to me it's a disgrace & a joke ! The ECB is in a shambles

Watch: Pietersen refuses to comment after England omission

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