Updated: 15/08/2012 14:25 | By pa.press.net

Parody Twitter account not me - Broad



Stuart Broad has denied having any involvement in a parody Kevin Pietersen Twitter account

Stuart Broad has denied having any involvement in a parody Kevin Pietersen Twitter account

Stuart Broad has denied having any involvement in the parody Kevin Pietersen Twitter account after one of the Nottinghamshire all-rounder's friends came forward to accept responsibility on Monday night.

Richard Bailey alleges he was behind the spoof Twitter account - KP Genius - sending up Pietersen's personality in the third person, which was closed down after the England batsman was perturbed some of his team-mates followed it.

"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 in an England and Wales Cricket Board statement.

The parody account was closed down last week and Bailey, who says he is from Nottingham and is better known by his handle of @Bailsthebadger, has apologised for any offence caused and exonerated any professional cricketers from involvement.

Yet his friendship with Broad has been brought into question, prompting the 26-year-old to respond.

Broad added: "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."

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 reassurances that no professional cricketers were involved in the creation of this site."

0Comments
10 reasons to make MSN UK your homepage (© Microsoft)

latest cricket news

  • Surrey's Zafar Ansari spent the third day of the match at home

    Zafar Ansari's concussion is a "major blow" to Surrey's LV= County Championship chances against Essex, according to coach Graham Ford.

  • Durham are still hopeful of agreeing a short-term deal for Kumar Sangakkara

    Durham coach Jon Lewis remains hopeful of making a breakthrough in his pursuit of Sri Lanka star Kumar Sangakkara.

  • England captain Alastair Cook, right, plans to rebuild England alongside new head coach Peter Moores, left.

    Alastair Cook insists he and returning head coach Peter Moores will be free to forge a new England without undue influence from Andy Flower.

  • Jack Brookes helped Yorkshire take County Championship control against former club Northamptonshire

    Jack Brooks ripped through his former side Northamptonshire at Headingley by taking five wickets as Yorkshire dismantled their visitors for just 94 all out.

  • Zafar Ansari has undergone hospital treatment for concussion

    Zafar Ansari will find out on Tuesday morning whether he can return to action in Surrey's LV=County Championship Division Two clash with Essex at The Oval after receiving hospital treatment for concussion.

  • Mike Watkinson, pictured, was not surprised to see Peter Moores move on

    Lancashire director of cricket Mike Watkinson knew Peter Moores was too ambitious to spend the rest of his career at Old Trafford but admits the timing of his appointment as England coach has been tricky.

  • Paul Farbrace has quit as coach of Sri Lanka

    Paul Farbrace has resigned his post as Sri Lanka coach, paving the way for his appointment as Peter Moores' assistant with England.

  • Paul Farbrace, pictured, will bring a long to England set-up, according to Graham Ford

    Paul Farbrace can quickly help England reverse their fortunes after a dismal winter, according to his Sri Lanka coaching predecessor Graham Ford.

  • Eoin Morgan, pictured, has hailed the support given to him by England outcast Kevin Pietersen

    Kevin Pietersen's former England team-mates continue to offer contrasting testimony about the help, or otherwise, he has given them.

  • The convalescing Jonathan Trott, pictured, has the support of his Ashes antagonist David Warner

    Australia batsman David Warner hopes Jonathan Trott can recover from his anxiety issues and return to cricket at the top level.

  • Peter Moores has left Lancashire to coach England

    Peter Moores is confident he will make the most of his second chance to coach England.

  • ECB managing director Paul Downton has stressed England are moving on without Kevin Pietersen, pictured

    Kevin Pietersen, and his supporters, can no longer be in the slightest doubt that he will ever play for England again - after the clearest of management statements at Lord's.