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No regrets on leaving SA: Pietersen

Ashes hero Kevin Pietersen said he was denied a fair chance in his country of origin South Africa because he was white.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 17:07 IST

Kevin Pietersen has said he had no regrets on his decision to move to England after being denied a fair chance in his country of origin South Africa.

"The selection in South Africa is not merit-based. It doesn't give white people the fair opportunities they should have," he told the BBC Sport.

"So I saw my opportunities in the UK, where selection is merit-based. I'm a British citizen and I've been over here for five years and it's the best decision I've ever made."

"It's been a rough ride and a learning curve, but I think I've come out of it a well-rounded person."

Pietersen, who aims to become a full fledged allrounder in the years to come, admits that he has been lazy with his off-spin bowling and is looking to improve it.

"I've spent a heck of a lot of time on my fitness, on the mental side of the game and on my batting, but it is about time I spent some time on my bowling. Spin it like Shane Warne," he joked.

"I'm going to be working really hard to become an all-rounder," the Ashes hero said.

A sociable person, Pietersen said he loved going out with friends but not if it threatened to affect his on-field perormance.

"I enjoy having a good time with my friends. I'm a hyperactive person, I'm always up and about but I don't go out and party if it's detrimental to my cricket," he said.

First Published: Feb 27, 2006 16:30 IST