Andrew Flintoff's plan to reject England contract and turn a freelancer may not materialise with Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi making it clear that the all-rounder would require a No Objection Certificate from his board to participate in IPL.
Flintoff, who quit Tests after the Ashes, was offered an incremental contract worth £25,000 on Friday by England and Wales Cricket Board but according to reports, the talismanic all-rounder is planning to reject it and turn a freelancer cricketer.
Modi said such a move might jeopardise Flintoff's $1.5 million salary with the Chennai Super Kings as he would need the ECB clearance to play in IPL.
"There are no issues as our stance is clear. If a player has once been contracted by a member ICC country then he will have to produce an NOC to play in the IPL even if he decides not to be contracted in the future for a period of two years," Modi told The Daily Telegraph.
"Therefore in the specific case of Flintoff – yes he will need an NOC to participate in IPL even if he turns down the central contract and will continue to need that for another two years," he added.