KP rues missing out chance of playing at Eden

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London, Jan 30 (PTI) Kevin Pietersen is disappointed atmissing out the chance to play at the iconic Eden Gardens inthe Cricket World Cup but feels that changing the venue couldwork to England''s favour against India as they would beplaying before fewer spectators shouting against them.

International Cricket Council had scrapped theIndia-England tie on February 27 at the Eden Gardens, sayingthat the stadium was unprepared for the match and Pietersenrued that he would not be playing there.

"It''s disappointing, I''ve never played at Eden Gardens. Inever played against the Knight Riders last year in the IPLaway. It''s one of those venues that you really want to play atduring your career, especially against India," said Pietersen.

"We had a really lucky draw with them in Kolkata.

Unfortunately, it has been moved, there''s nothing we can doabout it. It might work to our advantage not having so manyIndians screaming against us," he was quoted as saying byPress Association.

The former England captain played down the significanceof the current one-day series against Australia on his side''spreparations for the World Cup starting on February 19.

"I''m not sure how pivotal these matches will be for theWorld Cup because conditions will be totally different," hesaid.

"I think the first week in the sub-continent when westart to get used to the conditions and the make-up of ourside, having a full-strength team out - that''s going to bereally crucial." PTI PDS SHN

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