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Royals eager to get Pietersen

England batsmen Kevin Pietersen has got a tempting offer from Rajasthan Royals to play in the Indian Premier League.

Manoj Badale, the Britain-based entrepreneur who owns the Jaipur franchise, pledged to be at the forefront of the bidding to bring Pietersen to India as soon as possible.

“As soon as he becomes available, a lot of franchises will be keen to get him, and we’ll be no different,” said Badale. “There is no reason why the top England players could not command salaries in line with the highest paid international stars.”

Pietersen, who earlier claimed it was ‘ridiculous’ that England stars are not allowed to compete in the new 20-over competition, reacted by saying: “I have had numerous phone calls and been offered a lot of money.”

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