Bangalore Royal Challengers captain Kevin Pietersen supports the shifting of Indian Premier League to his native South Africa “in the present circumstances” but rued he would not lead the IPL side in front of their home crowd.
“In the present climate, the IPL had to move because I’m not sure people were comfortable going to the sub-continent after what happened to the Sri Lankan team in Lahore,” Pietersen said.
“I so hope we go back to India next year. It’s an amazing place to play cricket and it’s disappointing that I won’t be able to lead Bangalore in front of their home crowd,” he was quoted as saying by ‘Daily Mail’.
A bitter Pietersen, who had to quit as England skipper early this year after a row with then coach Peter Moores, said he would not take up England captaincy in the Twenty20 World Cup in June even if offered by his Board.
“I just think it’s too soon after what happened between me and the ECB for me to take over the captaincy again if I was offered it for the Twenty20 World Cup. It’s not somewhere I want to go and dive into. After the way I was let down I just don’t think I want to get involved in that again.”
But asked about why he accepted the Bangalore Royal Challengers’ captaincy role replacing Rahul Dravid, Pietersen quipped, “I want to give captaincy a go with people I can work with.”