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Modi urges ECB to stay away from Flintoff's IPL participation

Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi has urged the England and Wales Cricket Board to stay away from Andrew Flintoff and his participation in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament should the player considers himself fit to play in the second edition of the event.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2009 09:36 PM IST

Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi has urged the England and Wales Cricket Board to stay away from Andrew Flintoff and his participation in the lucrative Twenty20 tournament should the player considers himself fit to play in the second edition of the event.

There's growing concern about the state of Flintoff's fitness after he missed the fourth Test against the West Indies following a hip injury and many feel playing in the IPL could further aggravate the injury and jeopardise England's chances in this year's Ashes.

Though Flintoff -- who was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for a record USD 1.55 million -- himself had expressed his desire to play in the IPL, ECB chairman Giles Clarke had admitted he was not in favour of the all-rounder travelling to India.

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