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Kevin Pietersen dumps IPL for England comeback

Pietersen will join an England county team in a bid to boost his international comeback. © Getty
Kevin Pietersen will not ply his trade in the Indian Premier League this year and will instead join an England county team in a bid to boost his international comeback after his IPL franshise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) agreed to release him for the first phase of the 2015 IPL.
In a statement released by Pietersen, SRH, who had shelled out Rs 2 crore for the top-order batsman during the 2015 auction, agreed to release him after ECB chairman Colin Graves' comments that Pietersen could be considered again, provided he commits to playing county cricket first.
"The agreement allows Pietersen to miss the Sunrisers' entire league fixtures, but will see him recalled should the team reach the knockout stages of the competition (which commence on 19 May and finish with the final on 24 May)," read the statement.
Pietersen, who was unceremoniously sacked from the England setup 14 months back, said in the statement that he is looking forward to the upcoming season and thanked the IPL franchise for their support.
"I'm hugely grateful for all the support and understanding I've received from everyone at the Sunrisers and the IPL. My focus is now very much on the upcoming season in England and I'm absolutely determined to score as many runs as possible.
"I've never made any secret of my overwhelming desire to once again represent England and I'm going to do everything in my power to earn a recall to the international set-up.
"To once again put on that England shirt would be a privilege and an honour, but now I have to focus on performing domestically and give myself the best possible chance of meriting selection."

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