Cricket

Published: Wednesday February 12, 2014 MYT 6:43:30 PM
Updated: Wednesday February 12, 2014 MYT 6:43:30 PM

England discard Pietersen earns fat IPL deal

England's Kevin Pietersen reacts as he walks off the field after he caught out by Australia's Shane Watson during the second day of the fifth Ashes cricket test at the Sydney cricket ground January 4, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

England's Kevin Pietersen reacts as he walks off the field after he caught out by Australia's Shane Watson during the second day of the fifth Ashes cricket test at the Sydney cricket ground January 4, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

MUMBAI (Reuters) - England may have jettisoned Kevin Pietersen but the maverick batsman's hard-hitting ability fetched him the highest bid among foreign players at Wednesday's Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.

Pietersen, available for the entire duration of the cash-rich IPL after being shunned by England, was picked up by Delhi, the franchise he played for last year, for 90 million Indian rupees (881 thousand pounds) after an intense bidding war.

The Chennai, Hyderabad and Punjab franchises bid heavily for the 33-year-old, whose base price was 20 million Indian rupees (195,210 pounds) , but Delhi bagged his services after using their right to match the highest bid.

"Morning - so happy to be back with the Delhi family! Lovely start to the day," Pietersen, the former England captain, said on his Twitter account.

India's Yuvraj Singh drew the highest bid of 140 million Indian rupees (1.36 million pounds) in the morning session of the auction and was bought by the Vijay Mallya-owned Bangalore franchise.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; Editing by John O'Brien)

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