Flintoff reveals why he was banned during 2007 World Cup

"I knew Ian Botham was on one (boat) and I thought, 'I'm going to have a nightcap with Beefy.'"

“I knew Ian Botham was on one (boat) and I thought, ‘I’m going to have a nightcap with Beefy.'”

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Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has revealed why he was fined and banned for one match during the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean.

Flintoff stated that he wanted to “have a nightcap with” legendary England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham.

He ended up having to be rescued from his pedalo in the ocean in the middle of the night after believing that Botham was on one of the boats just off the shore.

“For some reason I had this idea,” he told ITV in an exclusive interview. “It sounds bizarre – but I knew Ian Botham was on one (boat) and I thought, ‘I’m going to have a nightcap with Beefy.’

“I thought, ‘I can’t swim. That would be dangerous.’ So I was going to get a kayak. I couldn’t find the oars, so I dragged this pedalo into the water.

“The next morning I woke up. I was on my bed, still wet and (with) sand between my toes. Then the door knocked. The door had these slats, and I thought it was the maid wanting to clean the room.

“So I said, ‘Can you come back?’ But it was the coach. I pulled the slats down and answered the door, and then Duncan just said, ‘My room, now.'”

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