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Bravo happy with picks

Published:Saturday | February 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

Captain of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, Dwayne Bravo, says that former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis was always a first choice overseas player for his team in the 2015 Limacol/Caribbean Premier League T20 league.

Kallis was selected as a second-round pick for US$100,000 by the Red Steel and is seen as a big boost to the team's chances of winning the CPL for the first time since it started in 2013.

"He (Kallis) was at the top of the list of overseas players for us (Red Steel)," Bravo, who is also a former West Indies captain told The Gleaner following the draft on Thursday at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew.

"Kallis is someone I look up to, so it was important to get him in the draft as he is a great all-rounder. It went according to plan as we also have Johan Botha, Kamran Akmal and Cameron Delport as our overseas players," he added.

Kallis, who has retired from Test and One Day International (ODI) formats of the game, is a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium swing bowler. He is regarded as one of the game's greatest all-rounders.

He played 166 Test matches and scored 13,289 runs at an average of 55.37 and took 292 wickets.

In ODI's, Kallis played in 325 games and made 11,574 runs at an average of 45.13 and captured 273 wickets.

"We wanted Jacques Kallis and got him. The balance is there in the squad of 15 players and I'm happy," Bravo said.