Broad unsure of T20 captaincy future


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.