Vol. 5 Num 156 Thu. October 28, 2004  

Pietersen moves to Hampshire

South Africa-born batsman Kevin Pietersen on Tuesday joined Hampshire on a three-year deal.

Pietersen, 24, included in England's squad for the forthcoming one-day series in Zimbabwe, left Nottinghamshire at the end of the summer having spent four seasons at Trent Bridge.

He is the third signing in a week for Hampshire, newly promoted to the First Division of the County Championship, following former Nottinghamshire colleague Richard Logan, a pace bowler, and Zimbabwe all-rounder Sean Ervine.

"The enthusiasm, passion and ambition of those in charge of Hampshire is what impressed me most and I want to help them win some silverware. If I am doing that it will also put me in the spotlight," said Pietersen.

The hard-hitting batsman has been a controversial figure since turning his back on the chance of representing the country of his birth because he believed his progress was being hampered by a racial quota system.

Pietersen appeared to be leaving Nottinghamshire 12 months ago following a high-profile row with captain Jason Gallian but was persuaded to see out the final season of his contract and offered new terms following a successful promotion campaign.