London: England's limited-overs captain Stuart Broad said on Friday that he believes Kevin Pietersen was axed from the national set-up with the team's best interests at heart.
The England and Wales Cricket Broad (ECB) released Pietersen from his contract following the crushing 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia, which also signalled the end of Andy Flower's tenure as team director. (Read: Pietersen made England scapegoat for Ashes defeat)
The decision to end Pietersen's international career created a storm of controversy, but while Broad played down his role in the talks about the South Africa-born batsman's future, he said he supported the move. (Read: Kevin Pietersen and ECB: A match made in hell)