KP Returns for 2017 NatWest T20 Blast

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Published: 7th March, 2017

Kevin Pietersen has signed for Surrey CCC to play in the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast.

His first game of the season will be Surrey’s big game against the Essex Eagles at the Kia Oval on Wednesday July 19th and he will then stay with the squad for the entire competition.

Pietersen, 36, is one of the most iconic players of his generation. He broke out onto the world stage at The Oval in England’s historic Ashes victory in 2005 and first signed for Surrey in 2010.

Since then, he has played some of the most destructive and memorable innings of recent years in a Surrey shirt.

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His 355* against Leicestershire at the Kia Oval in 2015 came just two runs short of breaking Bobby Abel’s hundred-year-old record for the highest ever individual score for Surrey whilst his 234* against Lancashire at the 2012 Guildford Festival will live long in the mind of the packed crowd at Woodbridge Road.

Pietersen has most recently been in action in the Australian Big Bash League and Pakistan Super League, putting in match winning performances for both the Melbourne Stars and the Quetta Gladiators.

He will be available for Surrey’s big Friday night fixtures against Middlesex (July 21st) and Glamorgan (August 4th) as well as the club’s first ever domestic T20 double header when Surrey take on Sussex on Sunday August 13th – when the Surrey Stars also play the Yorkshire Diamonds in the Kia Women’s Super League – and the final home game of the campaign against Gloucestershire on Thursday August 17th.

If Surrey are successful in reaching the knock out stages of the T20 Blast, Pietersen will also be available for selection in these games.

Speaking today, Kevin Pietersen said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to be joining Surrey again. I’ve missed playing here at home and it’s going to be a special feeling walking out at The Kia Oval again.

“We’ve got some seriously talented guys in our team and I’m very confident we can achieve something really special this season.

“I’ve had some great times at this club and ground over the years; it’s a special place with top people, and I’m looking forward to once again being part of it.”

Surrey CCC Director of Cricket, Alec Stewart, said: “Re-signing KP is a massive boost to the club and the NatWest T20 Blast competition.

“To have a player of his undoubted calibre available to us will add strength and experience to our squad and I’m sure all our fans will enjoy seeing him back playing in England again.

“His work ethic and appetite for success are infectious and our squad have always enjoyed having him around the dressing room and performing out in the middle.”

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