County snub could finish Pietersen, says Rice

August 1st, 2010 - 4:36 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Aug 1 (ANI): England batsman Kevin Pietersen faces an uncertain future due to his attitude towards county cricket, according to Clive Rice, who persuaded Pietersen to turn his back on South Africa.

Rice was instrumental in bringing Pietersen to his former county Nottingham in 2001 but now believes that England’s fading star faces an uncertain future.

Pietersen announced his intention to leave Hampshire at the end of the season back in June.

At the time the county game seemed an irrelevance for a man who played his last first-class match for the county back in May 2008, the Daily Express reports.

“You cannot play on the basis that you think you can just turn up at international level. You have to do the work at first-class level to set yourself up and know that you’re in form and confident,” said Rice.

Pietersen was available for Hampshire’s recent Friends Provident Trophy match against Kent last weekend but was snubbed by his county.

That decision was made after Pietersen left the county in no doubt that his future lay elsewhere from the start of next season. It also left the England man without a knock in the middle since July 3.

“By the time a Test comes around it’s too late to find your form if you haven’t been playing. Everyone else in that side is playing regularly and if you’re a selector you’re picking guys that are in form today for tomorrow’s game - it’s that simple,” said Rice. (ANI)

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