Cricket Australia obtains approval to bring Kevin Pietersen to Big Bash League

Kevin Pietersen was dropped from England’s squad for third Test for sending derogatory messages to South African players about his teammates Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Aug 20, 2012

Cricket Australia (CA) is trying to rope in Kevin Pietersen to participate in the Big Bash League.

Pietersen would be available for the Australian Big Bash League only if the relations between him and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is damaged beyond repair.

Big Bash League boss Mike McKenna said Pietersen, who was dropped from England s squad for the third Test against South Africa for sending derogatory text messages about his captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower, would have to be ‘in the right frame of mind.

”It’s really prudent for the teams to wait and see what happens between Kevin Pietersen and the ECB,” McKenna said.

“Obviously there is going to be a tipping point here where he is either going to be playing for England in Tests only, in all forms of the game, or not at all,” McKenna was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

McKenna said that CA will talk to ECB once they know whether Pietersen is going to be available for the tournament

“Once we know if he`s going to be available, we can talk to the ECB and see if there`s a way of getting him involved in an appropriate way. He has to be in a frame of mind where he can commit to a team,” he added.

Pietersen had apologised publicly to ECB for his wrong actions. However, ECB is yet to accept his apology.

Responding to the news of star sprinters Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake playing in the league, McKenna said that they wanted players who could contribute to the team wins.

”We’ve heard stories about their prowess but, at the end of the day, teams have got to be sure that anyone who plays for them is capable of contributing to a winning performance,” he said.