We know how much Kevin Pietersen loved playing for England, he seemed to always mention it in his interviews, but now he has the freedom to become a ‘T20 Globetrotter’. Pietersen is one of the most talented T20 cricketers around and will have every Franchise licking their lips at the prospect of having this weapon in their arsenal. There are five T20 tournements that it looks like Pietersen will be competing in over the next year; IPL, Natwest T20 Blast, Caribbean Premier League, NZ HRV Twenty20 and Big Bash.
IPL (March – April):
Pietersen has played in three IPL Tournements, twice for Royal Challengers Bangalore and once for Dehli Daredevils, and is one of only a select few who have scored an IPL hundred when he smashed 103* against Deccan Chargers in 2012.
Pietersen was bought today for £880,000 (90m Rupees) by Delhi Daredevils, but it was expected that he would fetch a higher price seeing as he is now available for the whole tournament. Still, £880,000 isn’t bad for just over a month’s work!
Natwest T20 Blast! (May – July):
Since Pietersen has been sacked from the England team, he is set to be released from his ECB contract. Surrey have not had to pay KP so far because of his ECB Contract, but now they have to agree a new deal and if nothing can be reached, Pietersen can be bidded for by any County side that has the money.
It is looking like KP will earn about £100,000 for this tournement.
Caribbean Premier League (July – August):
The second season of this tournement will attract a lot of attention and hopefully will intrigue more players to come over and play.
Again, Pietersen is set to earn around £100,000 for his participation.
NZ HRV Twenty20 (November – December):
This is easily the least well known of these five tournements, with the least interest from these T20 Globetrotters as KP is only set to make £50,000 for his time in New Zealand.
Big Bash (December – February):
The Australian Big Bash is getting more and more popular as each season progresses. The English players in this tournement were the only in Australia that saw some sort of joy this winter. The likes of Alex Hales, Luke Wright, Jos Buttler, Craig Kieswetter and Eoin Morgan all impressed heavily and drew back some credibility for the English game.
KP looks like he could earn about £150,000 – £200,000 to spend his winter in the sun and hit a white ball a long way.
Whilst Pietersen must be distraught with the way his international career ended he can still look back with fond memories about what he achieved, and he can look forward to the stacks of money he will earn during the twilight of his career as a T20 Mercenary.