London: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said the possibility of taking legal action against former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen for allegedly violating confidentiality clauses in writing his autobiography, still exists.
The ECB, according to The Guardian, has yet to see a copy of Pietersen`s autobiography which is to be published next week, but has clarified that it retains the right to take action against for any breaches of confidentiality against the former player.
However, Surrey`s decision not to include Pietersen on their list of retained players for 2015, his Twenty20 contract for 2014 having expired at the end of August, has left the ECB without any disciplinary options, as he is no longer registered to a county or the governing body.
The ECB has stressed that each of the central contracts which Pietersen signed from 2005 to the end of his England career in February began with a clause guaranteeing confidentiality after, as well as during, the term of the contract.
That does not guarantee that it will take action against him, but it will be anxious to protect any current or former employees from any breaches of confidence.
Pietersen`s absence from Surrey`s retained list was hardly a surprise, as he has effectively been a freelance cricketer since being cut loose by England.
Pietersen has himself acknowledged that he would need to play more cricket - perhaps even in the County Championship - to improve on his poor record this summer.
No decision, or even discussions, are expected with Surrey until after any fallout from the autobiography, and possibly not until he returns from Australia`s Big Bash T20 competition early next year.
Any other county would now be free to make a move after Surrey`s decision to release him.