Friday, 18 September 2009

Cricket : Flintoff to coach UAE cricket team
















Andrew Flintoff will help coach the United Arab Emirates cricket team during his rehabilitation from knee surgery.
The 31-year-old England all-rounder is basing his recovery program at the Dubai Sports City complex.
Flintoff has effectively become world cricket's first freelance player after rejecting a contract with the England national team.
Dubai based
Flintoff's agent, Andrew Chandler, was quoted in Friday's edition of Abu Dhabi newspaper The National.
"There has been good growth in UAE cricket in the last few years and Andrew felt that he wanted to give something back.''
"It seemed the logical thing to do while he was based there. His partnership with Sports City will also help raise the profile of his Dubai academy.”
“His children have already started at a local school. He has rented a temporary apartment near the Marina but will be looking for something more permanent over the next few weeks,” said Chandler.
The England and Wales Cricket Board last week offered Flintoff a second-tier incremental contract following his retirement from Test matches, but he turned it down in favour of travelling the world to play for different teams on short-term deals.

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