Flintoff disappointed with the IPL shift

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/f/flintoff.jpg' class='caption'> England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is disappointed as IPL shift from India will deny him a rare chance to enjoy the flavour of T20 cricket in the country.

Updated: March 23, 2009 18:19 IST
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England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is disappointed as the BCCI's decision to shift the lucrative Indian Premier League out of India will deny him a rare chance to enjoy the flavour of Twenty20 cricket in the country.

The BCCI took the surprise decision on Sunday after the government told the organisers that it may not be possible to provide adequate security for the 45-day tournament, whose dates clash with the general election.

South Africa and England are the leading contenders to host the cricket extravaganza scheduled from April 10 to May 29 and a decision in this regard will be out by tomorrow evening.

"It's disappointing news because one of the big attractions for me about the IPL was playing in India. I love playing cricket in India, particularly the one-day cricket, Flintoff was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.

"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," said Flintoff, who was bought for a whopping $1.5 million by IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.

However, Flintoff is hopeful that if England hosts the tournament, he will be able to cash on the home advantage. "It would make it logistically easier to have it at home (in England)," 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," Flintoff added.

The cricketer, who got the news this morning and is yet to speak to his franchise, said: "I only heard about it this morning when I got a text from Neil Fairbrother telling me it wasn't going to be in India and there were a couple of other options.

"I haven't spoken to the franchise yet but I suppose that will happen once we know what is happening."

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