London: England captain Andrew Strauss has came down heavily on the Indian Premier League for troubling his country's prospects in the forthcoming Test series against the West Indies following Andrew Flintoff's injury while turning out for the Chennai Super Kings.
Flintoff suffered a knee injury during the IPL match and had to undergo a key hole surgery. Though Flintoff has been ruled out of the West Indies series, England cricket board excepts him to be back for the world Twenty20 tournament.
"The IPL is a tricky situation and no one thinks it's ideal. We always play a home Test series at this time of year, so it affects us more than most other sides." the England captain said to Daily Mail.
Staruass, however, expects Flintoff to be back for Ashes.
"It's been a very frustrating few months for Fred. I hope he recovers swiftly from this and feels fit and healthy when the Ashes start in July," said Strauss.