ECB asks KP to find a new county or risk losing his contract

Updated: Aug 11, 2010, 19:21 PM IST

London: Cricketer Kevin Pietersen has been asked to find a new county by next season or risk losing his England central contract. England and The Wales Cricket Board (ECB) insists that Pietersen needs an affiliation with a county and is not allowed to play as a freelance after quitting Hampshire.

The Sun quoted England coach Andy Flower, as saying that: "It won`t worry me if Pietersen`s domestic cricket future is unresolved by the start of the Ashes in November."

"But the ECB policy will be that all of our players must be contracted to a county," he added.

Hampshire have twice refused to pick Pietersen since he severed his ties with them, despite being released by England to play for the county.

On Monday, after England`s victory in the second Test against Pakistan, Pietersen and three other players were released to take part in Saturday`s Friends Provident T20 finals day at the Rose Bowl. However, Hampshire declined to select him.