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Legendary England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham has announced that Andrew Flintoff’s decision to come out of retirement and represent Lancashire in the ongoing Natwest T20 Blast is a “massive mistake”.
Flintoff has not played any cricket since retiring from the sport in 2009.
“While I wish him all the very best, I think he is making a massive mistake,” Botham wrote in his column for the Daily Mirror. “We’ve not seen Fred on a cricket field since those memorable days in 2009 – and five years is a long time out of the game.
“For those that can’t remember that far back, Fred had no choice but to quit cricket because of a chronic knee injury that had made walking difficult let alone bowling at 90 miles an hour.
“Unless he’s managed to swap knees with someone, I don’t know how it has suddenly got better, allowing him to tear in and play the game properly.
“To come back after five years out of the game and with that injury still in the background is a huge risk. I just hope he does not let himself down too badly.”