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Pietersen Takes Leave From 2017 CPL

Kevin Peter Pietersen, the South African-born, former English professional cricketer, will not be in the mix this year when the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) gets off the ground August 1 and ends September 9.

Pietersen, who played for the St. Lucia Zouks in the 2014 and 2015 CPL campaigns, will instead turn his attention and focus on Surrey in the Natwest T20 Blast.

The St. Lucian franchise was again anticipating the service of Pietersen the right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler to add fire power to their team.

However, the 36-year-old has chosen instead to make a return to English cricket, with this year’s Blast set to be played in a block from July 7, with the final day on September 2. The draft for the 2017 CPL is due to take place in Barbados on Friday.

Meanwhile, the St. Lucia Zouks have rebranded as the St. Lucia Stars ahead of the upcoming CPL. Chairman of the St Lucian franchise Jay Pandya says the change was made to better represent the players as well as the country’s people and values.

St. Lucia has become the latest CPL team to be renamed in recent times as the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel was changed to the Trinbago Knight Riders after a change in ownership.

Barbara Greene, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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