England batsman Kevin Pietersen will head into next week's first Test against Pakistan having had no match practice for a month after Hampshire refused a request from national selectors to play him this weekend.
England team director Andy Flower had hoped the 30-year-old could make his comeback from a thigh strain in Sunday's Clydesdale Bank 40 encounter with Kent at Canterbury. But Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove feels it would be unfair on the other players to field Pietersen, who has already announced he will leave the county at the end of the summer, ahead of them.
He told the Daily Telegraph: "The simple issue is that Kevin has already said he doesn't want to play for us any more and it is not really fair on the other guys."
He added: "It was relatively straightforward. We discussed it with Andy [Flower] and he was good about it. What is important for a club is to create a team ethic and have people who are committed to the club and playing for their country.
"Once someone has said he doesn't want to play for you any more it is quite difficult to find a good reason to say 'in that case let's drop another player and play KP'. For me that didn't seem fair and Andy felt that was a sound argument."
Bransgrove added: "We have never had any problems integrating KP on the day. He has always been very professional. As for feeling part of the club he has always missed that. It is not his fault.
"He was an England player before he was a Hampshire player so he sees his whole team ethic and home being the England dressing room so it is difficult to build up that club loyalty."