World T20 2014 March 30, 2014

Broad unsure of T20 captaincy future

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Broad has admitted there is no certainty that he will remain England's T20 captain after their group-stage exit in Bangladesh and with his troublesome knee in need of increasingly urgent repair.

Broad has been T20 captain since 2011, when he replaced Paul Collingwood, and was initially part of a trio of leaders until Alastair Cook became Test captain alongside the one-day job. He has not been able to lead England out of the group stage in either of the World T20s he has captained in, with the team putting up an abject defence of their title in Sri Lanka two years followed by their latest early departure in Chittagong.

The next World T20 is again scheduled for the subcontinent - India in 2016 - and Broad conceded that there could be a new man at the helm. "I don't know, there's going to be a decision made on coaching staff so there might be a few changes in the next two months or so," he said.

A change could come as soon as England's next T20, against Sri Lanka in May - the favourite to take over would be Eoin Morgan - depending on the route taken by England's medical staff to deal with the patellar tendonitis which has troubled Broad for large parts of the winter.

There are a couple of approaches that could be taken, ranging from a continued management of the problem which may mean Broad is sidelined of less time before, perhaps, utilising England's reasonably quiet period from October to December, to a more substantial solution that may include surgery and a longer lay-off. It will be one of the key decisions for the new head coach - expected to be Ashley Giles - when that position is confirmed next month.

"I'm probably going to be unavailable for the start of the season in one-day cricket to sort my knee out," Broad said. "I need a rehab period on my tendonitis, which is generally about an eight-week period so whether I take just four weeks in April to play in May and then take a couple of months after the season I don't know but it's got to the stage where it's really sore and I need it sorted out.

"You know in international cricket you can't perform at your best when you're carrying an injury. We've managed it pretty well but it's in the hands of the medical staff and a bit of negotiation with the head coach when that's decided."

It appears fairly certain that Nottinghamshire will not see much of Broad early in the season. England begin their home season with an ODI against Scotland on May 9, followed by a one-off T20 and five-match limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. The first Test of the summer begins on June 12 then India then visit for a tour which includes five Tests, five ODIs and a T20.

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  • Joshua on March 31, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    England surprised most fans...It was predicted that they would lose to everyone in their group including the Netherlands. To get a victory over Sri Lanka was a very big surprise but at least they can own up to the innings of the tournament.

  • Joshua on March 31, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    While its reasonable to argue that KP shouldn't have been dropped, his form dropped off real bad. His so called "class" is obviously still there but his temperament and consistency are just not the same. While his dropping from Tests and ODIs is definitely justifiable, he is, in my opinion, indispensable from the T20I team.

    In Tests a batsman has made a good contribution when he has made atleast 140 runs in a match. Most times this will result in a win or prevent a loss. KP was NOT doing this often enough.

    In ODIs if a batsman makes a 70+ score he'll most times get the MOM award unless a bowler in his team take 4 or more wickets for little runs. KP was NOT doing this often enough either.

    In T20 an innings of 40+ runs from about 25 balls is most times not worthy of the MOM award but it goes a long way towards a favorable result. THIS is something KP can do in ANY form. 40 runs is basically 7 good connections and some singles.

  • Derek on March 31, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Why don't we do this, leave the purist and test cricket to thosr who want to see it extinct. Market T20 as the ENTERTAINMENT vehicle which it is. The reality is T20 cricket has arrived and is the saviour of test cricket I hasten to add from the perspective of the paying spectator anf advertiser. A sport must give spectotors more than yawns. Test and T20 need each other. Those who find nothing good about T20 need to feel the atmosphere by being in the stadium instead of behand a keyboard.

  • Cameron on March 31, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    @wapuser, T20 is the best form of cricket? It barely resembles cricket. None of the skills that make Test Cricket great are on offer in T20. Tiny boundaries where false strokes go for 6? It's a joke of a game.

  • Robert on March 31, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Broad would do well to be unsure of the captaincy role, or indeed any role as an England player in the future. Sick-note is long past his sell-by date.

  • Keepit on March 31, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    For someone who doesn't closely follow Eng. cricket, it didn't take me long to figure out how bad a captain Broad is. He doesn't lead from the front when it comes to bowling and is always looking to throw his fellow bowlers under the bus. How do you expect to earn the respect of your teammates. There seems to be something more than just pure talent & merit when it comes to England cricket. There is clearly more than one tier.

  • jed on March 30, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    If england had KP in the T20 world cup they would not be in this postion

  • ESPN on March 30, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Some weird decisions by selectors in t20s morgan is better captain than broad, same as AB, matthews than faf and chandimal... Correct me if i m wrong

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    C'mon England, bring KP back ! Give him captaincy in all 3 formats. KP is a rockstar !

  • Clifford on March 30, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Nutcutlet, well said. Broad hasn't got the temperament for captaincy or the analytical skills. He finds it difficult to control himself, how would it be possible to control others? Funny that the only English player valuable enough for the IPL isn't so considered by the ECB! Ashley Giles head coach would be a massive mistake as well.

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