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Gary Kirsten says he is excited to have Kevin Pietersen in his Delhi Daredevils squad

Kevin Pietersen is likely to be a key figure for Delhi Daredevils this season

Delhi Daredevils coach Gary Kirsten says he is looking forward to working with Kevin Pietersen this year.

The 46-year-old Kirsten, who has previously had successful spells coaching India and South Africa, will lead the Daredevils during their 2014 Indian Premier League campaign.

And Pietersen, 33, will be available for the whole event after the England management controversially decided, earlier this month, that his international career had come to an end.

Kirsten told the BBC: "He's got proven credentials at the highest levels of game and he's a match-winner, as we all know, so we're very excited to have him on board.

"The fact he's available full-time for the Delhi Daredevils has made a big difference in terms of options for recruiting.

"It's my first year with the Delhi Daredevils, but the feedback I got is that he's a really positive influence in the changing room, so I'm looking forward to working with him."

Kirsten had been seen as a candidate to replace Andy Flower as England head coach but quickly made it clear he would not be willing to spend the time away from his young family that the post would have required.

"I had no approach at all," he said.

"I would regard any position of that nature as a privilege and very humbling that they would think of me, but I'm not really at a time in my life where I could accept it, just because of the nature of my family situation.

"I think any position of this nature, which requires a lot of travelling, it might be a consideration later on in my life.

"But I've got very young kids, so we're talking 10 years from now. I'm sure 10 years from now people will have forgotten about me!"