Spin wizard Shane Warne feels injured England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff should not play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to make sure he is there for the Ashes in June.
Flintoff, who has an injured hip, flew back home from England’s ongoing tour of West Indies Friday.
He has been roped in by Chennai Super Kings for a whopping $1.55 million to play in the IPL.
“I always believe the IPL should be secondary to your country. Your country should always be No.1 and an Ashes series is pretty special,” Warne, who is the captain of the IPL champions Rajasthan Royal, was quotes as saying in the Guardian.
“I think common sense will prevail, I think Fred will probably not play in the IPL, he will just make sure he is right for the Ashes series.”
The former Australian star also singled out Andrew Flintoff as England’s most important player.
“Andrew Flintoff is the key to England winning the Ashes. He’s probably the best bowler in the world when in form. He’s also very awkward for left-handed batsmen to play, and Australia have four left-handers in the top six. If Flintoff is not playing I think Australia will win. If Flintoff is playing, I think they’re two pretty evenly matched sides.”
“But you can’t begrudge him going to play and taking the money – it is $1.5m for six weeks’ work, who wouldn’t want that?”