England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is disappointed that the Indian Premier League (IPL) will not be hosted in India.
Flintoff, who has been bought by the Chennai Super Kings for US$ 1.5 million this year, said he was looking forward to play in front of packed stadiums in India.
“It’s disappointing news because one of the big attractions for me about the IPL was playing in India,” Flintoff was quoted as saying in the English media.
“I love playing cricket in India, particularly One-day cricket. I’ve never played a Twenty20 match over there but I can imagine it will be an unbelievable experience because as a player you don’t get a chance very often to play in front of big crowds of 40,000 to 50,000 people. It’s unfortunate but if we don’t do that this year then hopefully we can do it again next year,” he said.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking at England and South Africa as possible venues for the Twenty20 extravaganza.
The star England player admitted that playing IPL in front of home crowd will be a different experience.
“It would make it logistically easier to have it at home,” he said.
“It would be good to spend some more time at home so obviously I’d prefer England, but I’m sure South Africa would do a good job of staging it if it went there as well.”
“I only heard about it this morning. I haven’t spoken to the franchise yet but I suppose that will happen once we know what is happening.”