England in West Indies 2013-14 February 21, 2014

Broad 'not deeply involved' in KP axe

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Changes needed after 'disaster' - Broad

Stuart Broad has said he did not have a major involvement in the decision to sack Kevin Pietersen despite his role as Twenty20 captain but believes that changes had to be made after a "disaster" of a tour in Australia which meant England "lost a lot of good men."

No single reason has been given for Pietersen's departure with the ECB talking - through press releases - about "team ethics" and the need to back Alastair Cook, who has been rested from the one-day leg of the West Indies tour, as the Test and ODI captain but the topic was not off-limits at England's pre-departure press conference as they flew out to the West Indies.

It has been reported that Broad wanted Pietersen in his side for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next month but while he acknowledged the role Pietersen had played he was keen to talk about "moving forward." However, he did offer a hint that the environment behind the scenes had become difficult during the debilitating stay in Australia.

"I was aware of discussions towards the end of the Australia tour but I was not deeply involved particularly,'' Broad said of the decision to end Pietersen's international career. "It was a decision made by guys that have the English cricket team at their heart, and they want the team to improve.

"The guys that made the decision are very keen for England cricket to move forward, there's no egos involved in making decisions like this. It's about improving performances on the field and atmospheres off it. All I can focus on is this trip now."

The last time England were in the Caribbean was for the 2010 World Twenty20 when they secured their only piece of global silverware in a team captained by Paul Collingwood who has been appointed assistant coach for this trip and Bangladesh. Pietersen was Man of the Tournament in that event and Broad remembered the good times he had helped bring to English cricket.

"There's no doubt Kev was a fantastic player for England, part of a hugely successful era," he said. "I have fond memories of KP from 2010 when he was the kingpin in helping us win that World Cup. But it's time for the guys in that changing room to realise they can be match-winners and can step up now."

Broad admitted he did not spend much time with Pietersen in Australia but was also keen to mention others who suffered on the tour. "To be honest, I didn't see a lot of Kev in Australia. We crossed paths going to the middle," he said.

"I'll repeat that KP has been a fantastic player for England - he's scored a lot of match-winning runs but a decision was taken by guys who are desperate for England to improve in the future not just over the next four or five months but going forward in to the next few years.

"It was heartbreaking to go to Australia and lose 5-0 and we've lost a few good men in doing that - [Andy] Flower has stepped down and [Graeme] Swann retired and obviously [Jonathan Trott] Trotty went home and [Steve Finn] Finny. It's a winter that was a disaster, but as an England side we have to look forward now."

The new era begins with three ODIs and three T20s in the Caribbean before England head to Bangladesh. Although the West Indies leg includes one-day matches, the squad is very much geared towards the 20-over campaign. The squad contains three uncapped players in Moeen Ali, Stephen Parry and Harry Gurney although the latter is only part of the one-day team.

"We don't spend a lot of time together as a T20 side, so we've got to make use of these next three weeks," Broad said. "We are going to Bangladesh in three weeks' time with an opportunity to show something different.

"When you've lost so many games over the last six months, it hurts, so we've just got to get back to winning to be honest. Twenty20 is about match-winners and taking the game by the scruff of the neck, so that's the challenge for this young group now."

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  • thachail on February 26, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    KP would have been still playing if he was in any other Test nation for another 2 years. Actually Cook is a crook to nail KP, then Broad is a Fox to be very cunning with his words.and England selectors hates KP for his frank speaking. anyway IPL has welcomed KP and knows his worth.and KP will show what he is made of. England will fail miserably in Bangladesh and will reap what they sowed.

  • Sharjeel on February 25, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    I still believe there is a way back for KP in the English side. Wait till the end of T20 World Cup!

  • Ali on February 23, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    Any 20/20 captain who is glad KP will not be playing for him....

    is well ... not a very good captain .....

  • Mark on February 22, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Although UP would in all probability have dine well in the T20 team, like in recent Tests he wouldn't have contributed as often as he used to. I just find the perpetual recycling of this whole affair rather odd! Considering most non English fans despised him playing for us, they have had a lot to say about it. In reality played come, players go, England will get stronger again at some point in the next couple of years!

  • John on February 22, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    @jonesy2isaBigot on (February 22, 2014, 9:57 GMT) While I dont agree with totally getting rid of KP - if the main issue is differences with Cook , maybe he could have played the ODIs in WI and the T20WC where Cook is not involved - I agree that Swann will be a bigger miss.And he's not - as some people infer - head and shoulders above the rest of our batsmen. Cook,Trott and Bell all average similar to KP.

  • Mark on February 22, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    @Sir Francis, if you can take off your blinkers England had success against most teams pre 2005, losing one player isn't going to be the end if the world. History shows England most miss Trescothick and Flintoff in recent years, and Swann will be missed more than KP!

  • M on February 22, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Broad - a far better politician than cricketer.

  • John on February 22, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    @salazar555 on (February 21, 2014, 12:24 GMT)Surely Ali deserves an opportunity of some sorts. He was overall county player of the 2013 season and done well for the Lions. He could surprise a few. Dont know much re Parry but why not give him a try - it's not like our bowling dept is strong in this format these days?

  • John on February 22, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    @itsthewayuplay on (February 21, 2014, 16:58 GMT) Not sure he had any involvement and just reckon he's being diplomatic here. He said at the time that he wanted KP in the T20 squad so if anything that would suggest that even if he understands the decison (with the knowledge he probably has and none of us unfortunately have) but didnt necessarily agree with the decision (at least not at the time). Re flair players , I think fans are generally more acceptant of lesser results if the product is good to watch.I think Arsenal fans sometimes bemoan their lack of trophies in recent years but maybe Wenger was a victim of his own success early on. Still Arsenal sell their full allocation of tickets each week/season tickets each year so I reckon the flair must count for something. The problem Wenger has is that once he develops an incoming player into a superstar the bigger clubs come sniffing and inevitably money talks.

  • Altaf on February 22, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Cook should have taken responsibility for complete failure, worst ever tour of Eng in in recent past, as a batsman and captain. He at least could have left captaincy by guarantying come back in form as batsman. Bell or Broad should have been given role of captain in test side, and it's not too late yet.

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