Craig Kieswetter extends Somerset deal

Craig Kieswetter has extended his contract at Somerset that commits him to the county until the end of 2014.

Kieswetter said, “I have signed a two year extension to the one year I had remaining on my contract so basically it’s a new three year deal. I am delighted to extend my time at Somersetwhere I have been since I was 17 years old.”

“To have come over and be associated with Somerset with the way that they are developing and continually challenging for everything on the county circuit is something that I am proud of.

“I hold the Club very dear to my heart and I want to be part of the success in the future so I am delighted and very humbled to extend my stay at the County Ground.”

Brian Rose the Somerset Director of cricket said: “Craig has signed a new three year contract, which I am personally delighted about.

“He is showing his faith in Somerset CCC which is a great thing for us at his age, and it gives him another three years and great opportunity to further his England career.”

The 24-year-old England wicketkeeper-batsman has decided not to take part in the Indian Premier League, meaning he will be available for his county for the whole of next season.

“I have declined the opportunity to go and play in the Bangladesh Premier League and also the IPL, because I feel that the start of the season is a really critical time for Somerset as a Club and for me as well,” said Kieswetter.

“I have done quite a lot of travelling over these last few years and welcome the opportunity to spend a bit more time at home training and then to go out and put in some performances for Somerset early on in the season, to help the Club to get results and also further my own international endeavours.”

Kieswetter added: “I have had some offers to play in the T20s but my loyalty definitely lies withSomerset. I have been made welcome by everybody since my arrival here and this is my chance to give something back to the Club and the supporters and hopefully put in some performances on the park with a Somersetcap on.”

Regarding Kieswetter decision not to take part in T20 competitions this winter Director of Cricket said: “I think it is a very intelligent decision not to go to the IPL and it obviously reinforces our side in April and May, which is a critical period for us.”

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