Kevin Pietersen has been offered hope he can reignite his England career after Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss admitted the door back into the international game would remain open.
However, the 34-year-old will not play against New Zealand or Australia this summer after Strauss revealed there is a "lack of trust" between the ECB and Pietersen.
Confirmation that Pietersen has no immediate England future follows 16 months in international exile and a career-best 355 not out for Surrey against Leicestershire.
After scuppering Pietersen's chances of playing for England this summer, Strauss offered England's highest-ever run scorer a consultancy role with the one-day team, which he declined.
But Strauss says that offer - which he sees as a way of rebuilding trust between the ECB and Pietersen - remains on the table despite his imminent departure to Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad.
"I happened to think it may have been an opportunity to start building trust again but at the moment he does feel like he is able to take up that position," he said. "I hope he will reconsider in time. The door is always open."
Within hours of accepting the newly created director of cricket role, Strauss influenced the removal of Peter Moores as head coach, as well as the decision to continue the marginalisation of Pietersen.
Paul Farbrace has been installed in caretaker charge for the two-match Test series against New Zealand starting on 21 May, but Strauss has no intention of appointing the 47-year-old on a long-term basis.
The former England skipper and opener ruled out a permanent successor to Moores being appointed before the end of the New Zealand series and aims to have a new man in place for the start of the Ashes against Australia. The first Test in Cardiff starts on 8 July.
"I've asked him to do it in a caretaker capacity," he said. "I think Paul sees himself as an assistant coach going forward and that is certainly the way I see it as well. We are looking for other candidates to fill the head coach position.
"We'd like to have someone in the coaching position by the start of the Ashes. Time is ticking away and we're under a bit of pressure to do so.
"The number one priority is to get the right person. I need in the coming days and weeks to be speaking to candidates that have a similar philosophy to me around the role of the coach and how to develop players."