“We want KP playing for Surrey”

Yorkshire v Surrey - LV County Championship Division One

Published: 7th February, 2014

Surrey Chief Executive Richard Gould has firmly restated the Club’s desire to retain the services of batsman Kevin Pietersen.

Should Pietersen be released from his ECB Central Contract, his current Surrey deal will also be ended – making him a free agent and therefore free to negotiate with sides in different leagues around the world.

However, speaking to Surrey TV today, Gould stated a clear intent from both Pietersen and Surrey: “He wants to play for Surrey and we want him to play here.

“We know that he really wants to continue playing for Surrey and he knows we are really keen for him to continue doing so. Over the next week or so we will work together to try and make sure that happens.

“We need to make sure we can offer a KP a good financial package as well as the knowledge that he belongs to a club that really values him and wants to see him play.”

Although county cricket is covered by a salary cap of £2m, Gould is confident that Surrey will still be able to come to an agreement with the player.

“We are doing well commercially and we could afford to pay above that salary cap but the rules of the game mean that we’re not allowed to.

“There is competition from the Caribbean Premier League, who have a three to four week tournament but I just need to make sure we can offer Kevin a good market rate for his services that keeps us within the boundaries we need to remain within.”

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