London: Kevin Pietersen and his teammates are set to return to India by Friday to play the two-Test series, the first of which would be shifted from Ahmedabad to Kolkata, according to media reports here.
According to a report in ‘The Guardian´, the English cricketers would return to India on Thursday or Friday and the warm-up match, originally scheduled in Vadodara from Friday, is likely to be shifted somewhere near Kolkata.
However, the report added, everything would depend on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) being convinced about security arrangements in India.
“The ECB will present the players with a safety report today and is likely to confirm on Tuesday that the tour will resume later in the week,” it said. “There is some concern about the team hotel in Ahmedabad, which is in the middle of the city,” the report added.
Following the terror strikes in Mumbai, the England team returned home abandoning the last two ODIs against India and some of the players have developed cold feet about returning for the Test series.
Following the developments, ECB chairman Giles Clarke has hastily returned from a business meeting in Colombia while CEO David Collier cut short his holiday in the United States to participate in a teleconference with their Indian counterparts.