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Kevin Pietersen could now return to the Englnd fray in 2013

Updated: Wednesday, 03 Oct 2012 12:28 | Comments

Pietersen could return to play India at the start of January
Pietersen could return to play India at the start of January

England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke has confirmed that Kevin Pietersen has agreed a new England central contract today.

The ECB hope Pietersen can return to the England team on completion of a "reintegration process".

Clarke, speaking at a joint press conference with Pietersen in Colombo, said: "Kevin will be engaged in a reintegration process which has already started today with a lengthy discussion with me."

"I would like to take this oppourtuntity to apologise to my team-mates, all the England supporters and the ECB for the situation that has arisen over the past months" - Kevin Pietersen

The reintegration programme will be overseen by England team director Andy Flower, beginning during the remainder of this month, and he will report back to the ECB hierarchy on when he thinks Pietersen is ready to return to the England team.

Clarke added: "Kevin has signed a contract with the ECB today.

The central contract is for a period of time and, on conclusion of the programme, will be extended until the 30th of September this coming year (2013)."

Pietersen read out a statement in which he apologised for recent events and committed himself to playing for England in all formats until at least the 2015 World Cup.

He said: "I would like to take this oppourtuntity to apologise to my team-mates, all the England supporters and the ECB for the situation that has arisen over the past months. Thankfully we can draw a line under it now and move forwards."

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