Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Andrew Flintoff Still Committed to England Duties

England all rounder Andrew Flintoff has recently said that he is still committed to represent England at international level. The star cricketer retired from test cricket at the end of the Ashes 2009 series that England won 2-1 and then refused to sign on a contract offered by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). His refusal to the 25,000 pounds contract sparked a debate in the cricket world over the commitment of the international cricketers towards their national side.

AFP reported:

But, speaking at the launch of his new book on Monday, Flintoff said: "I'm available for every England game. Twenty20s and one-day internationals, just not Test matches.

"England come first, closely followed by Lancashire. I'd choose England over everything. If it clashed with the IPL (Indian Premier League) I'd play for England. England is what I've wanted to do since I was a kid.

Well, it is good for England that their best all rounder in recent times still wants to represent the three Lions in Twenty20 and ODI matches. However, there is a real possibility in the near future that many international star players would retire from longer version of the game and opt to give more time to the private leagues like IPL in order to make some quick cash in by giving less effort.

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