Even admist reports that Andrew Flintoff was proposing to try his hand as a freelance cricketer, negotiating deals with Australia’s Queensland Bulls for the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash and New Zealand’s North Districts, comes news that the England all rounder has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
That Flintoff will not represent his England county team, Lancashire, was made evident by the county. Lancashire issued a press statement to the effect, “Following consultation with Andrew Flintoff, Andy Williams (Flintoff’s surgeon) and our own medical team, Lancashire County Cricket Club have today confirmed Flintoff will not be returning to competitive cricket for the remainder of the 2010 season.”
Lancashire’s cricket director Mike Watkinson also stated, “He (Flintoff ) will continue his rehabilitation into the winter months and we will constantly monitor and review his progress so that he is better equipped for a return to action.”
This should also meant that Chennai Super Kings will have their hopes dashed because they named him in their preliminary squad for the Champions League Twenty20 2010 to be held in September in South Africa. They may now choose to go back to Justin Kemp after all.
Flintoff has been sidelined since the last Ashes ( 2009 ) in England when he announced his retirement from Test cricket and followed it up with knee surgery.