Flintoff dismisses IPL agenda





Andrew Flintoff said: "I put myself in the IPL knowing the schedule. Everyone is going on about the IPL, it’s a hot topic at the moment, but all I am looking at is playing for England in this one-day series.

"The IPL is a few weeks away, my goal is to play in this one-day series and then the IPL will take care of itself.

"It is something I want to go to but playing for England is the ultimate and that’s what I want to do."

"There’s a lot of cricket before the Ashes, everyone keeps mentioning that but that is at the back end of the summer," he said.

"There are Tests against the West Indies and the Twenty20 World Cup before then. I have missed a lot of cricket in recent years, I want to play as much as I can.

"Don’t get me wrong, I want to play in the Ashes – having experienced the euphoria before, it is something I desperately want to play in, so I am not going to jeopardise that by doing anything I don’t feel I can do."

"I know what I need to do to get fit; it’s harder being around the Test matches, you are desperate to play, you are a bit flat because of it," explained Flintoff.

"You don’t know where to put yourself in the dressing room, everyone you bump into is asking, ‘When will you be back?’

"I just want to get on with the work and get back as soon as I can. I am more confident about playing in the one-dayers now than I was last week."

"Being around the England team environment can be something of a goldfish bowl and, by returning home, he can concentrate on receiving some intensive treatment," said Hugh Morris, managing director England Cricket.

"Clearly, getting him fit for the one-day internationals is our priority and focus.

"A muscle tear is a muscle tear and time is a key ingredient in this."