Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen signs new deal with SurreyReuters

Kevin Pietersen will play for Surrey in the T20 Blast this summer after agreeing a new contract and could also represent them in the County Championship.

As the controversy surrounding his divisive exclusion from the England side rumbles on, Pietersen has agreed terms to play in 14 T20 Blast fixtures for Surrey after being released from his central contract by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

England's record international run-scorer will play a full season in the Indian Premier League – with an auction for players set to held this week - before joining up with Surrey in May, following the end of the IPL season.

"We are delighted to have agreed terms with Kevin, and to have a player of his ability at the Kia Oval," Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said.

"Unsurprisingly there was a great deal of interest in Kevin from around the world, but he has made it very clear that he wants to play at Surrey and it is not only good news for the club but for the domestic game in this country.

"We are now looking forward to watching him in the middle, scoring a bucket load of runs for Surrey."

Pietersen added: "I'm absolutely delighted to have agreed terms with Surrey and am thoroughly looking forward to playing my cricket for the club this summer.

"I've had some of my best moments in cricket at the Kia Oval and I'm really excited at the prospect of getting back out there playing in what will hopefully be a brilliant summer for us all at Surrey."

Pietersen indicated via his Twitter account that he could also appear in first-class and 50-over games, depending on other commitments.

The 33-year-old joined Surrey on loan for the second half of the 2010 season and has remained at The Oval since, although his contract expired at the end of 2013.