Pietersen committed to play in IPL despite Bangalore blasts

England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who is playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, has said he is committed to continue his stint in the IPL despite two crude bomb blasts in Bangalore on Saturday.

Pietersen said that he wants to “get back to business” after admitting the security situation had left him “very rattled and scared”.

He made his statement before Bangalore arrived in Mumbai, where they play Mumbai Indians tomorrow in the IPL semi-finals.

The semi-finals were shifted from Bangalore as a result of the explosions.

Earlier, The Times quoted a source as saying that Pietersen would pull out unless he was convinced that security will be tighter in Mumbai than it was around the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, where two blasts took place.

“What has happened is unfortunate, but I am happy with the security afterwards. Yes, we got scared, a few of us were very rattled but once we get to Mumbai we can solely concentrate on the game,” Pietersen said.

Although security measures in and around the new DY Patil Stadium have been beefed up, some players, including Pietersen, are concerned that guarantees given before tournament were not met at the weekend.

Ian Smith, the legal director of the Professional Cricketers’ Association, confirmed that Pietersen was “very anxious and upset” at the handling of matters on Saturday. (ANI)

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