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Hoggard: No chance of England return for Pietersen

Matthew Hoggard thinks his former team-mate Kevin Pietersen has no chance of playing for England again and believes incoming chairman Colin Graves was "careless" to suggest otherwise.

Hoggard (centre) pictured with Pietersen and Flintoff in 2006. Credit: PA

Hoggard, an Ashes winner alongside Pietersen in the latter's debut series in 2005, sees no way back for the outspoken batsman despite Graves' indication that he would be considered for action again should he re-commit to county cricket and make a success of it.

Pietersen reacted positively to that, but Hoggard rates the entire scenario as fanciful and questions the logic of raising the issue in public.

I don't think he has even half a chance of coming back. I think KP is too far removed from this side, with too much water under the bridge for him to come back.

So it's a fairly careless statement from the new chairman. It makes stories at a time where England don't need any more bad press. It's an extraordinary statement at an extraordinary time.

– Former England cricketer Matthew Hoggard

Pietersen takes swipe at England cricket selectors

Kevin Pietersen's recent charm offensive appears to be on hold after he rubbished England's World Cup team selection on Tuesday morning.

Pietersen has been on something of a charm offensive. Credit: PA

The exiled batsman took to Twitter to suggest the reasons behind their faltering World Cup campaign are that England are not picking their best team and they are too obsessed by statistics.

Pietersen made the comments after South Africa passed 400 for the second successive game, as they piled up 411 for four against Ireland in Canberra.

Initially he tweeted: "cricket lovers - if you don't believe that world cricket has changed, then you never will! SA just scored 400 again in a 50 over game!"

He then replied to a comment, writing: "@kingymoments: @KP24 but, but, but ... Why can't England?!" Cos the best team isn't playing & too interested in stats!"


Pietersen wants to work towards England return

Kevin Pietersen is looking for a way back. Credit: PA

Batsman Kevin Pietersen says he will try to work out a way in which he can make a return to the England side.

The South African-born batsman tweeted after hearing the words of incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves, who said Pietersen would need to be playing county cricket to give him hope of coming back to the international set-up.

Pietersen needs to be playing county cricket - Graves

Kevin Pietersen is currently an outcast. Credit: PA

The incoming chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Colin Graves, says Kevin Pietersen needs to return to domestic cricket in England if he is to earn an international recall.

Pietersen has been out of the national set-up since 2013/14 Ashes tour, but has always claimed he is available for selection, but is repeatedly overlooked.

The first thing he has to do if he wants to get back is start playing county cricket.

The selectors and the coaches are not going to pick him if he's not playing, it's as simple as that. I'll leave it at that."

At the end of the day it's down to the selectors and coaches and what they feel is best for English cricket. They will make the decisions and I will support their decisions.

– Colin Graves speaking BBC Radio 5's Sportsweek.

Kevin Pietersen supports England Twenty20 franchise

Kevin Pietersen has lauded the "brilliant" prospect of Twenty20 franchise cricket coming into the English game.

Pietersen wants a Twenty20 franchise in England. Credit: PA

The new England and Wales Cricket Board chairman, Colin Graves, will take up his position in May and has expressed enthusiasm for launching an English Premier League.

It could operate along the lines of the highly successful Indian Premier League and Australian Big Bash, with county teams compounded into a smaller number of franchise sides, based in major cities.

Pietersen wrote on Twitter:

New @ECB_cricket chairman wants a T20 English franchise tournament! Absolutely brilliant! Forward thinking & brilliant for all players!

Better late than never! Good sign for future of English Cricket. I've been saying it for 6yrs! Just to wrong management!"

– Kevin Pietersen

Pietersen signs for Sunrisers

Kevin Pietersen will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad at the 2015 IPL. Credit: PA

Kevin Pietersen will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the forthcoming Indian Premier League campaign.

The IPL announced on its official Twitter feed on Wednesday morning that Pietersen would play for the Sunrisers in the 2015 competition, which runs from April 8 until May 24.

The team agreed to pay 20million Indian rupees (around £205,000) for the former England batsman at the pre-season auction in Bengaluru.

England captain Eoin Morgan will play alongside Pietersen, after Sunrisers Hyderabad picked him up for the base price of 15million rupees (around £156,000).

A total of 122 cricketers, including 78 Indians and 44 overseas players, were retained by the franchises for this season's IPL season.

Last year's most expensive player, Yuvraj Singh, again went for big money.

Royal Challengers paid 140 million rupees for him in 2014 - but this year the Delhi Daredevils got him for 160million (more than £1.6million).

There was some surprising snubs for some of the game's greatest players.

Kumar Sangakkara, who won the man of the match award in the World Twenty20 final in April last year, went unsold, as did fellow Sri Lankans Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan and South African Test captain Hashim Amla.


Pietersen wants franchise cricket in England

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen says county cricket should follow the example of Australia's Big Bash and have a franchise Twenty20 competition.

Pietersen, who is currently playing for the Melbourne Stars, believes the system would help the best young players in England to prosper,

Kevin Pietersen thinks a change in system would help English cricket. Credit: PA

"What's frustrating is they say they want to help home-grown players.

"But the best way to make them become better is to play against better players. Find a way to franchise county cricket. You would have 10 counties or franchises who play each other in Twenty20 or one-day cricket.

"All the muppets who are on 18 grand (£18,000), 15 grand (£15,000), either you become better or you go and do something else. The best players would play against each other week in week out. That's how you become better. You don't do that by reducing salary caps."

Pietersen: Captain Morgan wants me in England side

Controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen says Eoin Morgan would like to bring him back into the England one-day side.

Pietersen has been absent from the England side since his central contract was terminated in February 2014 after falling out with the team's hierarchy and has missed out on the World Cup squad.

Kevin Pietersen, right, says new England one-day skipper Eoin Morgan, left, wants him back. Credit: PA

Speaking on Sky Sports, Pietersen said: "The current England captain would love to have me in the team."

"I get on pretty well with most of the guys in there, if not all of them.

"I don't see why (I couldn't play again)."

"I want to play for England," he said.

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