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Batsman given the okay for spell in South African domestic cricket

Last Updated: 09/09/10 11:39am

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Pietersen: aiming to make splash with Dolphins

Pietersen: aiming to make splash with Dolphins

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Kevin Pietersen's two-match stint with KwaZulu Natal Dolphins has been given the all-clear by Cricket South Africa.

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"We benefiting from him and him benefiting from us."
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Pietersen will play in the Dolphins' first-class matches against the Warriors (Oct 7-10) and Titans (Oct 14-17) in an effort to regain form ahead of England's Ashes tour.

The Pietermaritzburg-born batsman started his career with the Dolphins, making his first-class debut for them in 1997 before leaving to pursue his career in England.

He progressed to international level in 2004 but after a recent run of poor form was dropped for the first time by his adopted country for their T20 and one-day series against Pakistan.

Pietersen, who has not scored an international century for 18 months, is currently on loan at Surrey where he is playing the final two fixtures of the LV County Championship season.

The 30-year-old will then briefly head back to the land of his birth after CSA approved the Dolphins' request.

Dolphins chief executive Jesse Chellan confirmed Pietersen will not be paid by the franchise.

Mutual benefit

"It is a two-game arrangement because that's the window he is available for. He has other commitments thereafter," said Chellan.

"I don't want to comment on the individual contract, but finances are not part of it.

"He's a world-class player so his expertise on the field of play will be very valuable.

"We've got a very young squad here and last year we released a lot of senior players, so the team is very young.

"Nine out of the 10 players that we have recruited, the average age is 19, so we're hoping he will influence them in a positive manner in terms of confidence and self-belief."

Asked whether there was any possibility of the deal being extended or Pietersen returning in the future, Chellan added: "It's difficult to speculate about that.

"I think the first instance is for us to have Kevin here and to work together with him.

"He has two games working with (coach) Graham Ford, given that Graham has a history with Kevin, so it should be a mutually beneficial relationship.

"We benefiting from him and him benefiting from us."

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