Flintoff - First freelance cricketer

Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 15:41 [IST]
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Flintoff - First freelance cricketer

London: Andrew Flintoff has rejected the England and Wales Cricket Board's offer of an incremental contract. The all-rounder may become cricket's first freelance international, fitting any England commitments around other deals he receives from around the world.

The 31-year-old, who retired from Test cricket after England's Ashes triumph last month, said his decision would help him in his goal to become the best one-day international player in the world by giving him greater global experience.

Flintoff is reportedly been the target of interest from South Australia and Northerns in South Africa.

The England all-rounder retired from Test cricket after the Oval Test against Australia and he was no longer considered for a full central contract, significantly reducing the financial value of the deal.

Upon his retirement Flintoff insisted that his main focus was on helping England achieve their ambitions in limited-overs cricket - and even discussed the possibility of appearing in two more World Cups.

That may now be in some doubt as a full stint in this year's Indian Premier League, where Flintoff has a lucrative contract with the Chennai Super Kings, would jeopardise his place on England's tour of Bangladesh.

Flintoff said: "I said when I retired from Test cricket that my ambition was to become the best one-day and Twenty20 player in the world and playing in all these different countries can only help."


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