Kevin Pietersen is expected to be absent from the England team if the side make the latter stages of the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, with his pregnant wife, Jess, due to give birth in the first weeks of May.
Pietersen has been on record for several months that he will not allow cricket, or anything else, to make him miss the birth of his first child. The due date is likely to come towards the end of the World Twenty20, which starts on 30 April and ends on 16 May, but the England Twenty20 captain, Paul Collingwood, is confident that the team can achieve "something special" in the tournament, with or without Pietersen.
Collingwood confirmed: "At the back end of the tournament, it could be we may miss him if Jess delivers or shows signs of delivering."
Pietersen is currently at home with his wife and is likely to be allowed to miss England's first ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match against Bangladesh but Collingwood remains unconcerned by the batsman's delayed arrival in the Caribbean.
"Kevin's going to arrive in a couple of days," said Collingwood.
"Obviously Jess is pregnant, so it gives him an opportunity to get home for a couple of days. But that will not be a problem. He's obviously 'cricket-fit' and I think one of the major things is that the guys who have been out in the IPL have certainly got their brains switched on towards T20 cricket," the England captain said.
Collingwood believes his side are on the verge of "something special."
Pak have 'firepower' to defend title: Raja
Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has said that even though some the key players are missing from the squad, it still has enough 'firepower' to defend the ICC World T20 title in the West Indies.
According to ANI, Raja said the incumbent skipper Shahid Afridi has been performing brilliantly in the shortest version of the game , and expressed the hope that he would lead from the front during the tournament.
"Pakistan has very good players for this format of cricket. Afridi is a very good player and he performed very well in last two editions of World Twenty20. He will be a good captain and can lead from the front. We have good players and our bowling
is our strength," The Nation quoted Raja as saying.
Hussey confident of Australia's chances
Australia's performance at last year's ICC World Twenty20 may have been termed a 'failure', but according to David Hussey, the 'unseeded' squad still has the strength to lift the trophy in the West Indies. Hussey said the response to the failure has been positive, with selectors picking more T20 specialists in the squad.
Five members, Ricky Ponting, Nathan Bracken, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus and James Hopes, of the 2009 World Cup squad have been dropped, and the new look Aussies under Michael Clarke, feature faces who have done well in the Big Bash.