KP on collision path with ECB?

Pietersen aims to keep playing the lucrative events across the globe but the ECB are determined to reduce his appearances due to the risk of injury.

Add to it, the players’ union chief Sean Morris has warned some big names could try to get round the problems by quitting their England contracts and turning freelance.

Pietersen aggravated his Achilles tendon injury during the IPL and, after months of discomfort, finally underwent surgery on Thursday and will miss the rest of the ongoing Ashes series. Now, Morris has made it clear he will take a tougher line in future with players who are under contract to the ECB - starting with Pietrsen’s proposed involvement in the Champions League event in India in October.

Pietersen’s IPL team Bangalore have qualified for the Champions League in October - and he wants to play. A factor in Flintoff’s decision to quit Test cricket at the end of the Ashes series - is the money available to him in Twenty20 tournaments.

Morris is likely to have the support of captain Andrew Strauss, head coach Andy Flower and the England selectors. Sean Morris, chief executive of the Professional Cricketers’ Association, however fears trouble unless the international schedule is reduced.

“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,” Sean Morris said.

Pietersen aggravated his Achilles injury during the IPL, according to the assistant coach-cum-physiotherapist of the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Evan Speechly, who plays a dual role with Pietersen’s IPL outfit, revealed that Pietersen had sustained the injury during England’s tour of the West Indies but aggravated it while jogging along a Durban beach during the second edition of the IPL.

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