London, Dec 4 : England captain Kevin Pietersen believes it is important for England to return to India for their rescheduled two-Test series as a show of support following the terror attacks in Mumbai.
The England team is due to fly to Abu Dhabi today where they will train ahead of the series, which will begin in Chennai on December 11, The Independent reported.
And while Pietersen said a final decision on whether they will fly to Chennai will not be made until security reports are received on Sunday, the paper said.
"I think it is important that we go back to India and rub shoulder to shoulder with the Indian people in their time of need. We are happy to show our support," he said.
"We are very focused to play some red-ball cricket. We will assess the situation on Sunday but we are very confident of playing a Test match and we are focused on that."
"We are buying ourselves more time in Abu Dhabi. It is great that the players who went to India are willing to go back. But, if the security is right we will go as a collective. We are waiting on a security report from Hugh (Morris), Sean (Morris) and Reg (Dickason) who is out there at the moment," he added.
There were some security concerns this morning after local media reports in Chennai quoted the Indian Air Force chief as saying authorities had received warning of a possible airborne attack.
The threat comes as airports were put on high alert following intelligence warnings that terrorists may be planning fresh attacks, The Independent reported.
Pietersen said he would let the people charged with checking security make the final decision on such matters.
Story first published: Thursday, December 4, 2008, 19:47 [IST]
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