London: England batsman Kevin Pietersen has revealed that he was offered the chance to play in the Indian Premier League but insisted that he would never "turn my back on England," in return for a bumper pay-day.
The IPL, a new Twenty20 competition, has attracted a host of the world's top players with the likes of Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds set to pocket 1.35 million dollars per year for the next three years.
Top English players are effectively prevented from cashing in however because the April 18-June 1 schedule for the first season of IPL clashes with the opening of the English county campaign and England's first one-day matches against New Zealand.
Pietersen insisted there was "no way in this world" he would give up playing for England in order to join the IPL.
"I know there is interest and, yes, there have been offers, etc etc, but it's not something I'm particularly interested in," Pietersen told the BBC from New Zealand, where England are currently on tour.
The South African-born batsman had to play county cricket for four years to qualify for England after deciding that his opportunities in his native country would be limited.
He said he would always be grateful for the chance England had given him to realise his potential to be one of the world's best.
"Money's not really too important, it's not as if I need money right now," he said. "I'm really enjoying doing what I'm doing.
"I love playing for England, I love playing for the spectators. England has given me a fantastic opportunity to a fantastic life at the moment. So I'm fully committed 100 percent to playing for England, to winning games for England, to scoring thousands more runs for England.
"I love playing for England and there will be nothing that will lure me away from England just yet.
"I'm really enjoying what I'm doing. It's a great challenge, challenging myself against the best players in the world in Test and one-day cricket."
The head of the IPL, Lalit Modi, said this week that the dates of future competitions could possibly be moved to accomodate the likes of Pietersen.