‘I would have loved KP to be here’, says Dwayne Bravo

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“Personally I love to see him play – and it would have been good for us to actually play against him”

West Indies ODI captain Dwayne Bravo has admitted that he is disappointed not to be getting the chance to face England batsman Kevin Pietersen during the upcoming limited overs series.

Pietersen was no longer needed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after England’s horrendous tour of Australia and it ultimately led to them terminating his central contract.

“I would have loved KP to be here,” Bravo said. “He’s a player that the world loves to see play cricket.

“Despite his problems, personally I love to see him play – and it would have been good for us to actually play against him.

“It’s good for international cricket to have someone of his calibre to continue playing.

“But that’s his issue and England’s issue. We don’t have to worry about him.”

When asked if he was shocked by the whole Pietersen controversy, Bravo said: “No, I’m not surprised. At the end of the day, no player is bigger than the game.

“Regardless of how good you are, there are (team) guidelines and there are rules. Whoever the player, you have to respect that.

“For me personally, I am a Kevin Pietersen fan – and I know the world is too.”

Bravo also conceded that the West Indies are definitely going to miss opener Chris Gayle for the three-match ODI series.

Gayle was ruled out for the matches after succumbing to lower back pain, but is expected to return during the Twenty20 series in Barbados.

“We are missing Chris Gayle, who is our best player,” Bravo said. “We are looking forward to his return.

“But I’m happy with my squad of young, talented players – training hard and coming into our own. We’re going to do well.”

Even though England will not have the services of regular captain Alastair Cook and batsman Ian Bell throughout their entire tour, Bravo is not underestimating his opponents.

“I think the squad is very good,” he said. “When I look at the players they have in the set-up, they are young and exciting and talented.

“We are not expecting an easy game. They have played Twenty20, and can play the longer form of the game as well. They are a very good team, well-drilled in a professional set-up.

“I’ve told our guys to continue and keep believing. We will play very hard and fair, and enjoy the contest.

“It gives us the chance to see where we’re at.”

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