St Lucia expecting Pietersen

Pietersen has signed to play for Surrey in the county championship to try and get back in contention for the England Test team, but the CPL has named the 34-year-old in a press release of their schedule.

The CPL is also set to feature West Indies big-hitter Chris Gayle, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill and South African great Jacques Kallis among others.

In the close season Pietersen agreed to play for the Zouks – as he did last summer – but he has said he will do anything to play for England again.

The CPL season begins on June 20 and ends on July 26 and the tournament’s international director of cricket, Tom Moody, is confident Pietersen will be there.

The former Australia star believes Pietersen’s has little chance of an England recall, and will end up playing in the Caribbean this summer, rather than in the Ashes.

“At this stage he sees himself very much as part of the CPL, he’s made the commitment and will have played a lot of county cricket at that time,” he told the CPL’s official website.

“We don’t see that changing, he hasn’t indicated that’s going to be the case (to pull out) but if he’s suddenly picked in an Ashes Test match that’s all going to change very quickly.

“I think that is probably not a realistic target for him unless something dramatic happens between now and then. It’s going to be hard for him, there’s a lot of hurdles to be overcome; one, form, which will be his easiest hurdle; two, his fitness and three is his building bridges. There are many to be built after what has been said from both parties over a long period of time.”