I needed rest before Twenty20 World Cup: Broad

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London, Apr 16(ANI): England fast bowler Stuart Broad insists that he missed the Indian Premier League (IPL) to avoid breaking down or suffering from burnout before the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.

"It would have been good to play more Twenty20 leading into the World T20 later this month, but I needed a rest," The Sun quoted Broad, as saying.

"I feel better for the break and we have a busy international season and a hectic winter coming up," he added.

Earlier, team-mate Kevin Pietersen had suggested that the IPL would have given England's bowlers valuable Twenty20 experience.

However, Broad said: "I don't agree at all that England's bowlers will be underprepared because we're not in the IPL."

The 23-year-old made a decision last December that he would not put his name forward for the IPL auction, which allowed teams to sign new players for the current season.

"The IPL is something I would like to do in the future, it's a fantastic tournament, but I just felt that this year after the tour to Bangladesh and with a hectic year ahead I just needed a little break," Broad added. (ANI)

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