London, Feb 9: He may have retired from international cricket in Sep last year, but now it's the turn of former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff to become part of an audience. Along with Nobel Peace Price winner Desmond Tutu, "Freddy" have been awarded honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), it was announced on Wednesday.
Tutu, a keen cricket enthusiast, and Flintoff were awarded the life memberships in "recognition of their diverse achievements on and off the cricket field," the MCC said.
Tutu's honour "acknowledges his tireless work for truth and justice in all walks of life", the MCC said.
"Last year on his retirement he said that he hoped now to watch more cricket," MCC President Christopher Martin-Jenkins said. "He may now do so at Lord's whenever he pleases, and he will always be welcomed."
Flintoff meanwhile joins an elite group of former players, including Sir Garfield Sobers, Sunil Gavaskar and Sir Ian Botham, who are life members of the MCC.