Kevin Pietersen on Kings XI Punjab's radar after abrupt end to international career

Kevin Pietersen's sensational announcement, making him available for full season of 2014 Indian Premier League is likely to attract eye balls from franchises because of his popularity and his status as one of the world's most exciting Twenty20 batsmen.

updated: February 05, 2014 20:17 IST
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New Delhi: Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday said Kevin Pietersen's surprise axing from the national side has changed the dynamics of the upcoming IPL players' auction as his availability for the full season now makes the swashbuckling English batsman the most sought after player.

Pietersen's international career came to an abrupt end after he was left out of the country's upcoming tour of the West Indies and the subsequent World Twenty20 Championships in Bangladesh. (Read: Official statement from ECB on Pietersen's axing)

"Kevin Pietersen is such an awesome player that every franchise would like to have him in the team. A lot of teams would be looking for him and we are one of them," KXIP's head of cricket operations Anant Sarkaria told PTI. (Read: 'Kevin Pietersen, the maverick that England couldn't manage')

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