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Flintoff still unsure about the IPL

Andrew Flintoff has refused to rule out future participation in the lucrative Indian Premier League but insists it is currently not an option for him.

Flintoff, 30, is currently still recovering from a fourth operation to his left ankle and says that his only aim is playing cricket for Lancashire and England.

"We will have to see what happens and how the competition pans out but my sights are firmly set on Lancashire," he confirmed.

"I have got no definite thoughts either way about it because I just want to get my game in order and my cricket in order. At this moment in time it is not really an option but further down the line, who knows."

Lalit Modi, commissioner of the IPL, has already admitted that he would love to attract England's top stars to the sanctioned Twenty20 event.

But as far as any concrete offers, Flintoff said: "It has been mentioned but I have got a lot on my plate at the minute.

"Everybody is asking me how I see the IPL going, where it is standing in world cricket, but I don't know.

"It is taking place in the next few weeks and we will have to see how it goes. But from my point of view I just want to get on the field for Lancashire."

Flintoff's Lancashire colleague, the former England all-rounder Dominic Cork believes that the topic of the IPL or the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League (ICL) is one that must not be ignored.

The 37 year-old ex-Derbyshire man also said: "Players will have difficult decisions to make, whether they be England players or just ageing players.

"I am sure that a lot more is going to come out about both leagues and a lot more difficult decisions will have to be made.

"Obviously ICL and IPL is a topic that it is all around county cricket. It is a competition that you can't hide away from - it is happening and it is now."

There has been recent speculation as to the future of Twenty20 cricket in England and what the authorities can do to counteract the threat posed by events abroad.

But both Cork and Flintoff were adamant that whatever happens it must not affect the four-day County Championship.

Flintoff said "county crickets unfairly gets a bad rap", while Cork continued: "Everybody wants the Championship to stay as it is.

"What might happen is that there will either be another Twenty20 competition or a longer Twenty20 competition.

"But I think that English cricket has got to mirror what the England side are doing. I don't believe that 40-over cricket mirrors international cricket.

"I am sure as a club Lancashire think that it is of financial benefit but English cricket has to mirror what the England team plays because that is of benefit to the young players coming through."

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