Surrey hoping to agree a deal with Kevin Pietersen for the coming season
Surrey remain hopeful that Kevin Pietersen will play for them this season.
Last Updated: 07/02/14 11:38pm
Pietersen's international career with England was ended by the England and Wales Cricket Board this week.
He was paid to play for Surrey not by the county but under the terms of his central contract. His release by England effectively makes him a free agent.
But Surrey chief executive Richard Gould is confident of coming up with a deal that would see Pietersen to play for them this season.
The batsman will not be short of offers. He is likely to earn a lucrative contract in the Indian Premier League, and he can expect offers from the Caribbean T20 competition and Australia's Big Bash.
After controversial spells with Nottinghamshire and Hampshire, the 33-year-old appears to have had his happiest time in county cricket at the Oval.
Gould is hopeful Pietersen will play in the new NatWest T20 Blast, and possibly the County Championship.
Gould told Surrey TV: "As soon as Kevin's central contract has ended, his contract with us falls away.
"When he played for Surrey over recent years there was no money changing hands - he was playing for Surrey as part of his central contract.
"Kevin is effectively now a free agent. It must be quite a difficult period for him...and no doubt lots of people coming to him with options for what he could or should do in the future.
"We know he really wants to continue playing for Surrey, he knows we are really keen for him to continue playing for us, and over the next week or so we will work together to make sure that happens.
"There are market forces at work now. Obviously the IPL is going to play a big factor, and the Big Bash...but we want him for the NatWest T20 Blast and perhaps other formats of cricket here.
"I just need to make sure we can offer Kevin a good market rate for his services that keeps us within the boundaries we need to remain within."
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