England's Pietersen dilemma

Broad denies parody involvement

George Dobell

August 14, 2012

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Stuart Broad appeals successfully for the wicket of Vernon Philander, England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day, August 6, 2012
Stuart Broad has spoken to the ECB to reassure them he had no role to play in the Twitter account © Getty Images
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Stuart Broad has issued a statement denying any part in the creation of a parody Twitter account that mocked his England team-mate Kevin Pietersen.

Broad, the England Twenty20 International captain, and Alex Hales, who took Pietersen's place at the top of the order in England's T20 side, were both alleged to have been involved in the account by Pietersen's friend, the chatshow host Piers Morgan.

The real creator of the parody account, Richard Bailey, came forward on Monday and not only apologised for the trouble he had caused, but clarified that he had worked alone. While Bailey is a friend of Broad and Hales, all parties insist that no professional players were in any way involved either in setting up the account or supplying information.

"Following last night's statement by Mr Richard Bailey that he was responsible for creating a parody Twitter account in Kevin Pietersen's name, I would like to confirm that I had no involvement in this whatsoever," Broad said

"I met with the Managing Director, England Cricket, Hugh Morris this morning and assured him that I did not play any role in the creation of this account or provide Mr Bailey with any information regarding Kevin Pietersen or the England team.

"As has been widely reported Mr Bailey is a friend of mine, but we had no conversations regarding this issue at all and I am pleased that he has now decided to close the parody account down."

Broad's words echo the results of an ESPNcricinfo investigations last week that identified the creator of the parody account, but found no evidence that any England player had been actively involved in it at any stage. That information was communicated to senior officials of the ECB.

Morris added: "Having discussed this matter with Stuart, I am fully satisfied that he acted in a professional manner at all times and did not breach any confidences regarding fellow England players.

"ECB also accepts the apology Mr Bailey offered last night to the England team via his Twitter account and his re-assurances that no professional cricketers were involved in the creation of this site."

Meanwhile Andrew Strauss expressed his surprise in the escalation of events that has led to Pietersen being dropped from the team for the third Test. Strauss, England's Test captain, also expressed his disappointment that private dressing room matters should have been aired so publically.

"I've always got on very well with Kevin," Strauss told Sky Sports. "I've tried to be honest with him, and he's been honest with me. That's why this has all been a bit of a surprise for me. The discontent Kevin had with the Board over his contract situation is one that the players didn't get involved in; I didn't really get involved in it, if I'm honest with you. But over the last week, I've had to get involved as there were issues that were more central to the other players and our ability to perform out in the middle.

"I'm a big believer in not airing dirty laundry in public. That's one of the core values of our team: what goes on in the dressing room stays in the dressing room and anytime anyone has fallen foul of that they have been disciplined and rightly so. It's about mutual respect and trust and that's a core issue that is central to resolving this."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by zenboomerang on (August 16, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

@ECB... & what was Broad, Swann & others excuses for signing up first on the 1st day the account opened up?... Without prior knowledge, that would be almost impossible to achieve - winning lotto would be easier... & as team mates why would they join a derogatory account?... When that is fully & clearly explained I will be happy to forget the whole mess...

Posted by tawpatha on (August 15, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

KP perfomed on the field with the bat, was the man of the match for the 2nd test match. KP led by example in wins for England (his adopted country) for Ashes in 2005 and 2010. KP won the 1 and only T20 World Championship for England. He is among the top-5 cricketers with most test centuries for England. England Test Cricket Team and Administration needs to focus on what matters most: results. KP has produced results on the field consistently over the years. England adminstration should not confuse the issue of allowing result producing players and veterans having a fair, balanced approach of flexibility and professional growth. The current rumors of child-like behaviours within their own administration circles (leakage to media), and rumors of association with parties dessiminating irrelevant remarks supposedly from its own team via the 3rd party Twitter-accounts is clear example of in-sincere approach of resolving the problem. Lastly it was a lame excuse to drop him for 3rd Test.

Posted by whoster on (August 15, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

The ECB need to be very firm with KP here, and if that means he'll never play for England again, so be it. It'd be a tragedy for international cricket if this happens, but as Strauss says, the unity of the team comes above any individual. I hope it can be sorted out, but I think KP may have gone a step too far this time.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

@Jonathan Jono Lan... Plz know the stats before you are talking about someone... Its bcz of KP England has been able to win the T20 world cup and even the last test match was draw bcz of his valuable contribution with bat & ball... Without him the value addition is not there in the current England team... Wait & watch the last test.... Cricinfo plz post....

Posted by Rahulbose on (August 15, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

England should win the next test match and send KP packing back to kwazulu natal, Delhi Daredevils or wherever else he thinks people will put up with his antics.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

KP has rarely scored match winning runs for England, and has often failed to make a significant contribution when really needed. He behaves like a spoilt brat. He overlooks the fact that his cricket reputation is built on his participation in the England set up, not for some transitory IPL team. All those who point to him being a global superstar seem to be overlooking the possibility that he stands out mainly because he continually refuses to fit in, which is fine until you start disrupting the team ethic that has nurtured you and your success.

Posted by Baundele on (August 15, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

Being in the boss' favorite list is the main criteria of prospering in a job, no matter how you behave with your colleagues. Broady is a smart boy.

Posted by Caje77 on (August 15, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

the root cause of all this is Ipl.First gayle then Pietersen.The only solution is create a window for the ipl as it is most lucrative of all the leagues.

Posted by thebrotherswaugh on (August 15, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

@RandyOZ: totally agree, at least in the modern game (Gower was their best, forget the stats); as you've been trying to tell 'em now for ages, the cupboards are totally bare & the well's run dry. Broad crying innocent, yeah right, and I bet Swanny was in on it. ECB hasn't asked them to disprove anything, have they? As for Swanny - see my next post (another point old RandyOZ has been drumming into you Pommy fans, but to no avail). With all of the KP fuss, noone has ever really picked up on the fact that one of the main reasons ENG got away with a draw in the 2nd Test was due to the absence of that legendary Champion of Mediocrity, the Hurler of Pies himself, Mr. Swann. Yep, bring him back for the 3rd test, that'll make all the difference. The Saffer batsmen are salivating, each one can see a double-hundred on the horizon. SA will lead by at least 200 on the 1st inning - sound familiar, are we seeing a trend? Better get used to it ENG. #5 by this time next year & just lost the Ashes!!

Posted by sonu77 on (August 15, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

England management trying to be oversmart.this over reactions will cost them badly in 3rd test for sure..hope KP comes out of this mess soon.

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