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KP to leave Hampshire

England star to leave County Championship side after current season

Pietersen: Hampshire departure

England's star batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that he will be leaving his County Championship side Hampshire at the end of the season.

Pietersen is a relative stranger in the County Championship game as he is a regular for England in Test, one-day and Twenty20 international cricket.

The South African-born batsman made a rare appearance for Hampshire in their Friends Provident t20 clash with Surrey on Sunday.

That was his first game for the county in two years and as he lives in London with his wife Jessica and their first child, the 29-year-old has decided to leave the Rose Bowl.

Opportunity

"I have not had much opportunity to play for Hampshire but I want to thank the players, staff, chairman and fans, for the support I have had during my time at The Rose Bowl," said Pietersen.

"Hampshire is a great club and I wish them well for the future."

Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove admitted he would have liked to have seen more of Pietersen in the team over the last few years.

However, he sent his best wishes to Pietersen and understood his decision.

"Given England's critical dependence on KP in all forms of cricket, we have not seen anything like as much of him as we would have liked over the past six years," Bransgrove said.

"He remains, however, a fantastic player and we wish him continued success wherever he plays and, in particular, we wish him, Jessica and Dylan every happiness."