Flintoff rejects ECB deal

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Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff insists he still wants to play limited-overs cricket for England despite rejecting an ECB contract

Andrew Flintoff has turned down the England and Wales Cricket Board’s offer of an incremental contract.

The all-rounder retired from Test cricket at the end of the Ashes series but, despite his decision to reject the deal, he insists he remains committed to England as a one-day player.

“One of the things I want to pursue more than anything is playing in different worldwide locations,” Flintoff said in a statement.

“I’ve been very lucky playing for England for the past 11 years and I’ve sampled different countries, but I’ve always wanted the opportunity to play more in these places - get to know them and the way they go about their cricket.

“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."

Flintoff, who is in Dubai recovering from knee surgery, thanked the ECB for its continuing support during his rehabilitation.

“I was flattered to receive the offer of an incremental contract from the ECB, which I wasn’t really expecting, but at this stage of my career I don’t think I need to be told when to play and when to rest,” he added.

“I am 31, I have played international cricket for 11 years and know my body’s capabilities.

"I am grateful to the ECB for the all the financial support they have given me to help in my rehabilitation.

“I have moved to Dubai because I believe it will help in that and their decision to pay for Dave Roberts’ continued expertise to aid my recovery has been invaluable.”

An ECB spokesman said: “Clearly there is a lot to digest and we will make no comment until we have had a chance to consider it in detail.”

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