Cricket

KP's future 'in limbo'

2010-08-11 07:30
Kevin Pietersen (AP)
England - Kevin Pietersen has been told to find himself a new county by next season or risk jeopardising his England central contract.

But England coach Andy Flower says it won't worry him if Pietersen's domestic cricket future is unresolved by the time the side head off to Australia for an Ashes defence starting in November.

Pietersen has made it clear he intends to leave Hampshire at the end of the current English season in September -- a move that has led the south coast club to refuse to pick him twice when available.

The South Africa born batsman has said he wants to play for a county nearer his Chelsea home, in south-west London, suggesting a move to either one of capital clubs Middlesex or Surrey.

But whether any county would want Pietersen on their books, given how little they would see of him should he remain an England regular, is a moot point.

Pietersen's situation has also raised the prospect of him becoming the first 'freelance' England Test cricketer.

Pietersen has gone more than a year without a Test century although he did make 80 in England's nine-wicket win over Pakistan that gave them a 2-0 lead in their four-match series here on Monday.

Former South Africa all-rounder Clive Rice, who helped kickstart Pietersen's career in England with Nottinghamshire, has voiced concerns that without a county the 30-year-old will have nowhere to regain form should he suffer a major dip at international level.

England made Pietersen available for the domestic Twenty20 finals day where Hampshire will be playing at their Rose Bowl home ground on Saturday.

But Hampshire, as was the case with a 40-over match last month, rapidly made it clear they had no interest in picking Pietersen.

"I wouldn't be overly concerned if he hasn't sorted out his county situation by the time we get under way in Australia," Flower told reporters on Tuesday.

"But I think the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) policy will be that all of our international players must be contracted to a county."

As for Hampshire's refusal to select Pietersen for a match that takes place in the middle of a Test series that resumes at The Oval, Surrey's headquarters, a week on Wednesday, Flower said: "It doesn't worry me.

"I expected Hampshire to maintain their position that they didn't want to pick him.

"Considering it was only a 40-over game leading up to the Test series and again this is only 20-over cricket this weekend, I don't think it is worth creating any issue over it."

Meanwhile Flower was heartened by the way Pietersen, dropped three times, grafted for runs under overcast, swing-friendly skies and on a pitch of variable pace at Edgbaston.

"They were tricky conditions to bat in the first innings," he said.

"I quite enjoyed watching Pietersen battle for his runs and get 80 in a small total. That was very good for him and obviously good for the team.

"The fact that he was dropped a few times shouldn't detract from the innings," former Zimbabwe batsman Flower insisted. "He got 80 in a difficult situation and worked extremely hard for those runs."

Hampshire chairperson Rod Bransgrove, explaining the decision to omit Pietersen for the Twenty20 finals day, said: "The players who have got us to this point have made their county and everyone associated with the club very proud.

"We would, therefore, like to stand by them.

"We wish Kevin and England all the very best for the future and all their forthcoming internationals."

And Pietersen, in a post on social networking site Twitter, said: "I fully understand Hampshire's position in not selecting me for finals day.

"I wish them all the best on the day."

Read more on:    kevin pietersen  |  andy flower  |  clive rice
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Hurricanes blow away Cobras

2014-09-21 17:07

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real
 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

Which cricketer is currently of most value to the Proteas' Test team?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.