Pietersen can miss final match: Star batsman of England, Kevin Pietersen can miss the final match of ICC World Twenty20 if their team will make into finals. Pietersen is given permission to go to him home on eve of birthday of his first child. He came to Guyana on Friday along with other players of the team and they will face West Indies in their opening match. Final match of the tournament is scheduled on 16 May, 2010 which will be just 13 days after opening match of England on May 3, 2010. He said that he will definitely go to his home or will try to reach there as soon as possible as he can. He said that worry is that he would not get back in time. Kevin Pietersen said that he love to play cricket and they understand that it is his job. He has to do that as well. Kevin Pietersen told that he has discussed the whole matter with some of the players of the team. Team players have also told him to attend the function and said that as long as he is making an effort and see the kid as soon as he can then if he does miss the final then it is not a massive regret. Kevin Pietersen said that he will put his all efforts to be back and play for the team in final if there team will make into final round. Kevin Pietersen had missed Ashes due to injury and also missed tour to South Africa and Bangladesh as well. He got chance to play in Indian Premier League and looked like same old Kevin Pietersen with hunger of runs.
About Kevin Pietersen: England star batsman, Kevin Pietersen started his career in international one day cricket with match against Zimbabwe at Harare on November 28, 2004. He has so far played 98 one day international matches for England and scored 3220 runs off his 88 innings. He has hit seven centuries and 20 half centuries with highest score of 116 runs. He has also proved himself in test cricket as well. He made his debut in test career against Australia at Lord’s, Jul 21-24, 2005. He has played 60 matches for England. He scored 5074 runs with highest of 226 runs in his 108 innings. Kevin Pietersen has hit sixteen centuries and eighteen half centuries in test cricket. In T20 international matches he has scored 663 runs in 22 matches with highest of 79 runs. He hit three half centuries in these T20 matches. He has played 50 Twenty20 matches so far and scored 1373 runs. He has brilliant record in every format of cricket and can prove to be match winning player for England. In February 2009, Royal Challengers Bangalore of the Indian Premier League bought Pietersen for USD 1,550,000. This made him the highest-paid IPL player along with Andrew Flintoff surpassing Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s USD 1,500,000. On 22 March, the owner Vijay Mallya announced that Pietersen would succeed Rahul Dravid as the Bangalore captain. Pietersen won two out of his six matches in charge before leaving to fulfil his international commitments with England; Anil Kumble took over the captaincy and led the Bangalore team to the IPL final. He looked out to be in good form in Indian Premier League 2010. He played for Royal Challengers Bangalore and their team finished at third rank in the third edition of IPL.
England to face West Indies: England will play their first match against West Indies at Providence Stadium, Providence in Guyana. West Indies is hosting the tournament so they will of course get the benefit of their home ground. England will have this first match for the tournament while West Indies has already played one match in the tournament. England is in group D along with Ireland and host West Indies. West Indies played their opening match against Ireland on 30 April, 2010 and won the match by huge difference of 70 runs. Darren Sammy of West Indies performed well with bat as well as bowl. He scored quick 30 runs off his bat while bowling he took three wickets giving just eight runs. He was given man of the match award for his brilliant performance. West Indies are in confidence as they won their first match of the tournament and also playing at their own home. West Indies can give tough fight to England in the match. England has also good team as well but they have to face West Indies in their first match without any warm up match before tournament. England will have to perform well in all areas to win the match. England will play their second group stage match against Ireland on May 4, 2919 at Providence Stadium, Providence in Guyana.
Squads of WI and England: West Indies is a strong side with all form of players any team should have. They have got all rounder players for the team who can perform with bat as well as ball. Team has got specialized batsmen to give a good start to team and their batting lineup is too long. Bowling attack of West Indies is also good and has ability to tackle any team. West Indies squad includes Chris Gayle as skipper of team, Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Andre Fletcher, Wavell Hinds, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Jerome Taylor. This squad seems to be perfect blend of experienced as well as young talented players for West Indies. West Indies can choose winning eleven players from this squad to give tough fight to any other team. England has also got a good squad. Their squad includes Paul Collingwood as skipper, James Anderson, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Craig Kieswetter as wicket keeper, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Ajmal Shahzad, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Luke Wright and Michael Yardy. England also has a balanced squad and they are also good competitor of the tournament.Share