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Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has revealed that he has received offers to play for numerous franchises in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL).
Flintoff recently represented Lancashire in the Natwest T20 Blast final, but despite scoring a quickfire 20 and taking one wicket, his side fell four agonising runs short of beating the Birmingham Bears.
“I have had offers to play in the Big Bash. I am going to sit down with my wife and see what we decide to do,” Flintoff told the Manchester Evening News. “But I would love to do that. If there is an opportunity there, then why not? It is one of the things I have always wanted to do.
“I was about to sign for Queensland in 2009 but was forced to retire. I have never been over there and played domestic cricket so I would love to do it. And I would love to play for Lancashire again next year.”
Flintoff had plans of becoming a Twenty20 specialist in 2010, but it was derailed due to a severe knee injury. However, the 2005 Ashes hero is just pleased to be back playing the game he loves once again.
“It was so unexpected to be able to play again,” he said. “I always dreamt I would play again but, realistically, never thought it would be possible. When the knee surgeon said I couldn’t run again, it was like a red rag to a bull to me. I love proving people wrong. I can get better than this, I can bowl better and I can get faster.
The 36-year-old once again reiterated that he wants to play for Lancashire in next year’s County season.
“It has been a real effort on my part to get fit, and I am getting fitter all the time and I think if I can have a pre-season next year and be around the team a bit more…I want to win something with Lancashire,” he said. “It is a burning ambition of mine. I joke about it, but I am 37 in December and I feel alright. If there are better players, then I will accept that, and if I have to fight for my place like I did at finals day, and not be a first choice, that’s fine too. I am just enjoying it. If I still feel like I have something to offer, I am going to have a go. I have no qualms in trying and failing. The one thing I will never do is sit at home thinking ‘I should have done that’.”