Broad: KP will be welcomed back

  • Last Updated: October 10 2012, 14:57 BST

Stuart Broad insists Kevin Pietersen will be accepted by the England dressing room upon his return.

Broad: Ready to welcome Pietersen back into the fold

Pietersen could yet participate in the forthcoming tour to India after agreeing a four-month central contract last week, subject to a 'reintegration process'.

The 32-year-old was dropped by England after sending a series of provocative texts to opposition South African players during the Headingley Test.

The breakdown in his relationship with team-mates and his England and Wales Cricket Board employers plunged his international future into doubt.

Broad views the destructive Pietersen as too important a player to be rejected by a team intent on reclaiming their position as the world's number one Test side.

"The team have no issues with KP coming back if the management decide he's ready to," Broad said.

"It's in their hands at the moment. There are some meetings going on behind closed doors and we're waiting to see the outcome of those.

"But from the team's perspective his integration will be easy.

"Ultimately we're playing cricket and we want guys who will score runs and take catches to help England win. Whatever's happened has happened.

"We pride ourselves on being a strong dressing room and I'm sure that if he came back for India or New Zealand, or whenever it is, that things will be fine within the team."

Broad released a statement through the ECB in August denying any involvement in the parody Pietersen Twitter account, named KP Genius, that upset the Surrey batsman.

The 26-year-old continued: "I've not spoken to Kev since the Headingley Test match, but I'd have no problems playing with him or having a beer with him. It's not an issue.

"Once the England management have decided when he's available to return, he'll be welcomed back into the changing room.

"We know he's a great cricketer, he's won a lot of trophies and has been a really good team-mate for England, certainly ever since I've been playing for them.

"We know that when KP's focused on playing for England and he's happy, he's a really dangerous player."

Pietersen was absent from England's failed defence of their World Twenty20 title as part of the fallout from the discovery of the text messages he had sent.

Broad, the squad's captain, admits the controversial batsman was missed in Sri Lanka.

"It's hard to tell if the results would had been different had he been there," the Nottinghamshire all-rounder said.

"Obviously he's a fantastic Twenty20 cricketer who did wonders for us when we won the World Cup in 2010.

"In June when I found out he'd retired from the white-ball format, as captain I was hugely disappointed because I thought he'd be an integral part of our World Cup defence.

"It would be hard for me to say we didn't miss someone of his experience at the top of the order so I was disappointed when he did pull out.

"But the situation went towards the management side of things and it turned out he couldn't be there."

England depart for India in two weeks with a new captain at the helm following Alistair Cook's appointment as successor to the retired Andrew Strauss.

The vice-captaincy remains vacant, however, and Broad is interested in the post having fed his appetite for leadership at the World Twenty20.

"It hasn't been discussed. But any leadership role within the England side is a huge honour," he said.

"It's an important role if you do get it. I enjoyed being captain at the World Twenty20.

"It was a different challenge and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a learning curve for myself and the players.

"It's something I enjoy, although a captain is not something I've strived to be.

"But every time I've entered a cricket field, I've always thought like a captain."


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