Kevin Pietersen will be tempted to play for South Africa: Darren Gough

Kevin Pietersen would be eligible to play for South Africa by 2018 and Darren Gough believes the idea could entice the batsman.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: February 17, 2016 7:26 pm
kevin pietersen, pietersen, KP, pietersen england, pietersen south africa, Darren Gough, Gough, Kevin Pieteresen england, pietersen tests, pietersen odis, pietersen odis, cricket news, cricket Kevin Pietersen who is out of favour with England could play for his birth country South Africa reckons Darren Gough. (Source: File)

Kevin Pietresen could be tempted to play for South Africa, reckons former England quickie Darren Gough and presenter on British radio channel talkSPORT.

In an interview, Gough said, “I think he will be tempted, given the way he has been treated, or the way he thinks he has been treated over the past few years.”

“He is not going to play county cricket this year unless somebody comes out of the blue and offers him a ridiculous fee. He definitely won’t play county cricket but he might play T20.”

“He’s played out in South Africa this year and did brilliantly. They absolutely love him out there. All these people who think Graeme Smith hates him (are wrong), they are like best mates. He is quite high up in South African cricket. It wouldn’t surprise me if they tried to persuade him to play.”

But if Pietersen is to harbour this path, he will have to wait until 2018. Under ICC rules, once a player has represented a Test playing nation, he must wait for four years to represent another team. KP’s last Test was against Australia in the fifth Ashes Test on January 3, 2014.

Although, age is not his friend. Pietersen would be 38-years-old by the time he becomes eligible which makes it difficult for him to be picked or be in any reckoning.

However, his recent focus will be on playing in the Indian Premier League where he would represent Rising Pune Supergiants.