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Pietersen snubbed by Hampshire for finals day

Kevin Pietersen in action for England

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Kevin Pietersen in action for England

Hampshire have confirmed that Kevin Pietersen will not be part of their squad for Twenty20 finals day.

The England batsman was one of four players released by the England and Wales Cricket Board to play for their counties this weekend for the showpiece T20 event at the Rose Bowl.

But hosts Hampshire have decided against including Pietersen, following his declaration earlier in the season that he will leave the Royals when his contract expires this summer.

It is the second time Hampshire have overlooked the 30-year-old, after leaving him out of a 40-over game last month.

Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove told the county’s website: “We are very pleased to be involved in Finals Day, particularly at The Rose Bowl. The players who have got the Royals to this point have made their county and everyone associated with the club very proud. We would, therefore, like to stand by them.

“We wish Kevin and England all the very best for the future and all their forthcoming internationals. We look forward to welcoming them back to the Rose Bowl for the England v Pakistan NatWest one-day international on September 22.”

Pietersen, who has played just seven first-class matches in almost six seasons for Hampshire, reacted to the snub via his Twitter page and insisted he had no problem with the decision.

“I fully understand Hampshire’s position in not selecting me for finals day,” he wrote. “I wish them all the best on the day. I will be watching the lads!”

Essex opener Alastair Cook and Nottinghamshire duo Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann were the other three England players made available to their counties and will all be involved on Saturday.

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