Pietersen-ECB may clash over IPL duty

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/k/kevinpietersen.jpg' class='caption'> KP could be on warpath with the ECB who wants to limit the batsman's involvement in cash-rich Twenty20 tournaments like the IPL.

Updated: July 24, 2009 15:45 IST
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Kevin Pietersen could be on warpath with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) who wants to limit the batsman's involvement in cash-rich Twenty20 tournaments like the IPL.

Both Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff returned from the Indian Premier League in South Africa carrying injuries. While Flintoff went on to quit Test cricket to prolong his career in ODIs and T20s, Pietersen would be needing a surgery on his Achilles heel that rules him out of the rest of the Ashes series.

To prevent such incidents happening in future and to stop players like Pietersen taking the Flintoff route and putting money before country, England team's managing director Hugh Morris is trying to formulate a plan that limits contracted players' activity in T20 events.

According to the Sun, Morris is likely to have the support of captain Andrew Strauss, coach Andy Flower and the England selectors, in this endeavour.

However, Professional Cricketers' Association chief executive Sean Morris has warned that more cricketers could travel down Flintoff's path unless the International Cricket Council creates a window for tournaments like the IPL.

"I can see issues with the ECB wanting to restrict the players' appearances in non- international Twenty20 cricket," said Morris.

"I can also see the day when we have freelance cricketers, with players turning down England contracts.

That's the way the market will go and that's very dangerous," said Morris.

"Flintoff has already made a choice to concentrate on one-day cricket and other players will be making a similar choice. That doesn't bode well. We want the best players to appear in Test cricket.

"I believe the solution is for less international cricket and proper windows to be created for events like the IPL. This will allow the players to earn without cutting across their England commitments," said Morris.

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