Pietersen signs England contract

Kevin Pietersen reading his statement today.

COLOMBO – Axed England batsman Kevin Pietersen is set to play international cricket again after reaching an agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board, the ECB said today.

“The ECB and Kevin Pietersen confirm that agreement has been reached concerning a process for his re-integration into the England team during the remainder of 2012,” the ECB said in a statement.

“Upon completion of the programme, the England selectors will consider Kevin for future matches.”

The 32-year-old star batsman was cast into international exile in August after sending text messages to touring South Africa players that contained criticism of then England captain Andrew Strauss during the Test series.

ECB’s chairman Giles Clarke said: “Kevin has signed a central contract today. Andy Flower will determine the progress of the re-integration process. It could be soon, it could be much later.”

Pietersen, born in Pietermaritzburg in South Africa, appeared with Clarke at a briefing for travelling British journalists in Colombo today and said he hoped he would play for England “as soon as possible.”

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