Lorgat hints at Pietersen playing in Ram Slam T20

Cricket South Africa boss Haroon Lorgat has hinted that former England batsman Kevin Pietersen is set to play in the Ram Slam T20 competition this season, without saying so in so many words.

Lorgat was speaking at the launch of the domestic event on Tuesday night, and referred to Pietersen’s controversial book, as well as his visit to SA to play in Graeme Smith’s charity Cricket Sixes event on the weekend.

Lorgat hinted and joked: “Other names are Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and there was one that visited our shores this weekend to play in some other format that we’re close to securing as well.

“I think he released a book recently, or the book released him recently.”

With this in mind, speculation turned to which team he could sign for. The first option was the Dolphins, given he was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal and thus has strong ties to Durban, but this was ruled out.

Dolphins CEO Jesse Chellan told Cricket 365: “That’s really for CSA to comment on. But, from my side, we are busy with signing an overseas pro. I suppose, for the record, it’s not Pietersen. I’m not in a position to reveal who we are looking to get, though.”

The other immediate thought was that KP would go to the Cobras, given his love for Cape Town, but boss Andre Odendaal told us: “Each franchise will have a top overseas player. We’ve got someone on our cards, but it’s not going to be Kevin Pietersen.”

Lorgat also confirmed that Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara had been in line to play for the Lions but then had to withdraw, and added that only the best international players would be considered.

He added: “They must be phenomenal players – names like, and unfortunately Sangakkara, is now committed to go and play in India.

“But he was signed and sealed and on his way to play in the competition.”