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Stuart Broad labels Kevin Pietersen saga "bad timing"

The new debate surrounding Kevin Pietersen's future is a distraction, according to bowler Stuart Broad.

England bowler Stuart Broad has said that the latest debate surrounding Kevin Pietersen's England future is "bad timing".

New England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves suggested that Pietersen could play for England again if he played regular country cricket, which would bring an end to his 12-month international exile.

Broad believes that the debate is a distraction, as England prepare to face Bangladesh in the Cricket World Cup next week.

Broad told reporters: "To be honest being with this group we have had a tough last week, this is a huge two-week period for us in this World Cup and the last thing this group needs is a KP media storm popping up again.

"I can't be bothered with it because we have to genuinely get tight as a group and push towards this Bangladesh game and win it. It is surprising it has raised its head again.

"For our group it is poor timing. We don't need that distraction. We've got better things to be focusing on."

Pietersen hasn't played for England since the 2013-2014 tour of Australia.

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England's Kevin Pietersen leaves the pitch after losing his wicket for 6 runs during the third one day international (ODI) cricket match between England and Australia at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham, central England on September 11, 2013
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