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Delhi, India – Citizens of Athens were bracing themselves last night for floodlights and cheerleading plinths being installed at the Acropolis after rumours emerged that IPL franchise, Delhi Daredevils, have amassed sufficient capital funds to purchase controlling shares in Greece during the Bundesbank’s upcoming clearance sale.

With a supporters club that already outnumbers the population of the debt-ridden European nation, it’s understood the Daredevils had been considering claiming micronation status for some time before finally deciding their international ambitions would be best served by taking over an existing country.

The controversial move, thought to be a sophisticated tax avoidance scheme, has wide ranging implications for world cricket but it’s the potential resurrection of Kevin Pietersen’s international Twenty20 career that’s making headlines. As should the acquisition be successful it’s expected that the Daredevils, playing under the flag of Greece, would easy qualify from the ICC associate nations tournament to take part in this September’s T20 World Cup, thus allowing Pietersen one final hurrah on the international Twenty20 stage.

There is, however, one further benefit for Pietersen, as according to a Daredevils insider, “We will instruct the Greek ambassador in Washington to lobby hard for Nick Knight’s inclusion in the Axis of Evil.”

An announcement on the Daredevils future is expected in the next few days. Kevin Pietersen is ‘approaching 32’ and was unavailable for comment.