Flintoff likely to miss Twenty20 World CupMay 16th, 2009 - 6:55 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 16 (IANS) England all rounder Andrew Flintoff, who is recovering from a knee surgery, is in doubt for next month’s Twenty20 World Cup next month.
Flintoff, who sustained knee injury during his short stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL), revealed Friday that he is yet to start running after his surgery.
Flintoff was named in the 15-man squad for World T20 despite his knee surgery.
The Lancashire player has been ruled out of the ongoing two-Test series against the West Indies. It had been hoped the hard-hitting batsman and aggressive pace bowler would be fit in time for the World Twenty20 and the Ashes, which follow on July 1.
“I’d love to play in the Twenty20 - but that might be too tight,” Flintoff was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.
“I had an operation two weeks ago and I’m already off my crutches. The Ashes are a long way off - and I’ll be fine for them.”
Paul Collingwood, who has been appointed the captain of the England’s T20 World Cup starting June 5, said they would wait and see regarding Flintoff’s fitness.
“I think we’re still waiting on how his fitness will be over the next couple of weeks,” said Collingwood.
“It would obviously be a big blow if he’s not in it. He’s very much two players in one.”
Collingwood, however, said they have a very competent squad that could do without Flintoff.
“We have got quite a versatile squad. It would be a huge blow if he wasn’t going to be fit, but we certainly have the players in the squad to overcome that in many ways.
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