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    KP remains the talk of the town in Sri Lanka

    Colombo: He is not in the team hotel, neither is he seen anywhere in the vicinity of the England cricket team, yet a certain 6ft 5 inches tall man responding to the name of Kevin Pietersen seems to be omnipresent.

    Such has been his impact over the years, that from commentators, to British media and the players, no one has been able to get away from the proverbial 'KP' effect.

    When England captain Stuart Broad came for a customary media interaction at the Nondescripts Cricket Ground ahead of his team's match against Afghanistan, the third question invariably was what the dressing room feels like without Pietersen's presence.

    Broad didn't seem to like the question but had to answer it.

    "Well, obviously KP has been around for a long time but at the moment, he is not here. So we have to get along with what we have. We have 15 boys who are representing England and are keen to wear the England jersey. They want to star in a World Cup match," was Broad's curt response.

    Young left-arm spinner Danny Briggs wasn't allowed to let go without answering a question on the superstar who was discarded after sending out "provocative" text messages to South African players criticising his teammates.

    "Have you guys followed his debut as TV expert," quizzed one of the English scribes. A reluctant Briggs had no option but to answer the query.

    "I mean a few boys were watching his post match show on Television," was all what Briggs managed to say.