The England and Wales Cricket Board are facing the prospect of a £1m legal action from Kevin Pietersen if he is not offered a new central contract by the end of this week.
Pietersen has been advised that he has strong grounds to bring an action for unfair dismissal and breach of contract against the ECB if his central contract is not renewed when it expires on Sunday.
Negotiations were stepped up this week when Giles Clarke, the chairman of the ECB, arrived in Sri Lanka where Pietersen is working as a television commentator.
ROYAL Dublin's Neil O Briain was the big Irish mover at European Tour qualifying in northern France with a second-round 68 rocketing him up the leaderboard, leaving him one stroke off the final qualifying position.
All four Irishmen are well-placed ahead of the cut which comes at the end of today. Limerick's Tim Rice played steady golf yesterday and his level-par 71 helped him move up to joint third place, four shots off new leader James Ruebotham on 66.
Cian McNamara recorded a one-over 72 to slip to joint 10th, while Mallow-based Michael Collins is level-par for the tournament following a round of 70.
ANDY LEE'S camp have declined to comment directly on Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr testing positive for marijuana after his recent WBC World title loss to Argentina's Sergio Martinez.
The Mexico-born middleweight was hit with a $10,000 fine by the WBC and told to attend rehab on Wednesday, although whether he gave a urine sample for a drugs test before or after a June fight with Lee that he ended up winning is still unclear.