Pietersen says teammates ran out of phone batteries attending to calls after terror strikes

November 29th, 2008 - 12:54 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 29 (ANI): England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen has said that he had left it up to his teammates to decide whether they wished to go back to India, because all of them were in a state of shock after seeing blood-soaked bodies in Mumbai hotels.

He said even the families of his teammates were so worried about their well-being that their whole phone batteries had exhausted by the evening by attending to non-lasting calls.

I bet all the guys lost a whole battery on their mobiles yesterday with calls from friends and relatives and kids wanting to know where daddy is. We”ll make a decision on it over the next 48 to 72 hours, the Guardian quoted Pietersen as saying.

Pietersen said it was the people right to run their own lives. We need to make sure the security’’s right - but if it’’s not safe, then we won”t be coming back, he said, and added: Players are their own people, I”ll never force anyone to do anything or tell them to do anything against their will. On the field I may ask people to do things in a certain way but people run their own lives. We”ll have to see how the security is.

He added: The television coverage here has been pretty graphic. I”ve heard back home it’’s not been like that but out here you see pools of blood, you see everything that has been going on. We”ve woken up this morning and seen more pictures of people jumping out of helicopters where we were two weeks ago. It’’s really made the guys aware and shocked them.

Meanwhile, according to the paper, the England and Wales Cricket Board is bracing itself for a potential confrontation over its right to run the game if security reports judge that the Test series in India should go ahead in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai that have left India in a state of profound shock.

The ECB, which anticipates that some players would pull out of the tour, is likely to look on these sympathetically, but the impression is that an England team will tour India even if severely weakened, added the paper. (ANI)

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