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September 18, 2009 4:37 AM

Freddie causes a stir in Dubai

Andrew Flintoff has come to Dubai to recuperate from knee surgery - but in true Freddie style, the limelight continues to shine on him as brightly as the UAE weather, as the media pores over his playing and coaching options.
The all-rounder, who signed off from Tests after the Ashes victory, has refused to sign a new England contract in order to make himself available to all and sundry, becoming the first English player to turn one down since the central contract system was drawn up 10 years ago.
It leaves the door open for him to play in next spring's Indian Premier League (IPL), while also pursuing deals with other teams globally.
He'd be advised to take the time off to really think about his goals. Can he realistically play for England in ODIs and Twenty20s, Lancashire, Chennai in the IPL and squeeze in time for South Australia or anyone else? The companies printing the shirts are going to be busy.
While in Dubai, he's exploring coaching opportunities for the national team, plans to set up his own academy, and his agent said he's also looking to do a reality TV series which could include bungee-jumping.
Let's hope his making time for rest amid all the zest.

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