LONDON- For most cricketers the fact the Caribbean Premier League and its English county Twenty20 equivalent are taking place at the same time would mean playing in both was impossible.
However, England exile Kevin Pietersen is planning to do just that, turning himself into a jet-set player like no other by flying in and out of the West Indies, a commute of thousands of miles, from his London base.
“I will be fulfilling ALL my @surreycricket commitments and just flying into the Caribbean to honor this opportunity,” Pietersen told his Twitter followers on Friday.
Quite how the physical demands of such lengthy airplane flights will affect Pietersen’s form remains to be seen but the South Africa-born shot maker has built an extraordinary career on defying conventional wisdom.
Despite being England’s leading run-scorer in all international formats, Pietersen saw his international career dramatically terminated after the team’s recent 5-0 Ashes hammering in Australia.
Controversially, the England and Wales Cricket Board refused to cite their specific reasons for ditching Pietersen, referring only to a team “rebuilding” and a need for loyalty to Test captain Alastair Cook.