We will not rush to a decision on returning to India: KP

Updated: 29 November 2008 12:50 IST

The BCCI may make "every single effort" to salvage England's Test series but captain Kevin Pietersen insists that his team will not rush to a decision

We will not rush to a decision on returning to India: KP

London:

The BCCI may make "every single effort" to salvage England's Test series but captain Kevin Pietersen insists that his team will not rush to a decision and carefully mull whether it is worth risking the lives of players by returning to India.

"I do think the BCCI will make every single effort to get us back here playing Test-match cricket in India. There are TV rights and financial considerations and they run world cricket don't they? But we will not come back to India if it's not safe. My life means more to me than anything else and I won't come back if it's not safe," Pietersen said.

"It will be a security decision and then we'll be guided by the ECB. Reg Dickason (team security adviser) will return here (India) next week for a risk assessment and he'll ring me and tell me what's going on," he said.

Pietersen said the team had a hard time in pacifying their families that they were safe.

"I bet all the guys lost a whole battery on their mobiles with calls from friends and relatives and kids saying 'Daddy where are you, what's the story?' 'he was quoted as saying by the 'The Guardian'.

Steve Harmison, who has four daughters, and father-of-three Andrew Flintoff were among those reassuring their children that daddy was fine.

"We'll make a decision on it over the next 48 to 72 hours. Our decision will be guided by security, the ECB and Reg Dickason, our security advisor", Pietersen said.

"It is no time to play cricket right now. But, who is to say that we cannot play cricket in two weeks' time, but we will just have to wait and see," Pietersen said.

Pietersen was, however, unhappy to have left India without any kind of meaningful success, having lost all five one-day internationals and forced to return home without taking on the hosts in a Test match.

"It's been a hard few days. I've had the highs of beating South Africa and then we went to Stanford, which was a hard week, and then we've come here and it's been a really tough tour so far. All I want to do is play cricket and win. One of the biggest things for me is to come to this country and try to win something.

"I said to my wife last night that I felt horrible coming home and I haven't won anything. I'm a winner and I'm a positive person and that's what I want to do. We haven't won anything yet but there's something inside me that says you can't really leave here with unfinished business."



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