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Stuart Broad has been unable to lead England out of the group stage in consecutive World T20s © AFP
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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 with the team putting up an abject defence of their title in Sri Lanka two years ago 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. "I need a rehab period on my tendonitis, which is generally about an eight-week period so whether I take just four weeks in April to play in May and then take a couple of months after the season I don't know but it's got to the stage where it's really sore and I need it sorting out.

"You know in international cricket you can't perform at your best when you're carrying an injury. We've managed it pretty well but it's in the hands of the medical staff and a bit of negotiation with the head coach when that's decided."

It appears fairly certain that Nottinghamshire will not see much of Broad early in the season. England begin their home season with an ODI against Scotland on May 9, followed by a one-off T20 and five-match limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. The first Test of the summer begins on June 12 then India then visit for a tour which includes five Tests, five ODIs and a T20.

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