Brisbane Heat coach Stuart Law thinks that Andrew Flintoff is going to be biggest signing in their Big Bash franchise’s history- and he is confident of signing Flintoff within this week. Law also believes that this may even open the lucrative door of the IPL for Flintoff.
Five years have passed since his last Oval test, and it was kind of inevitable that Flintoff would return with a Bang! Indeed, his first-ball dismissal of Ian Bell and two consecutive sixes when Lancashire needed 30 from 13 deliveries accounted for a good comeback performance in the T20 Blast Final against Warwickshire. Lancashire lost the game, but murmurs about Flintoff’s comeback grew even louder. Unfortunately, Lancashire seems to be a little lukewarm about Freddie’s plan to return to cricket this summer, which seem to have prompted his move towards Big Bash.
“I have spoken to Fred and made it clear that this is not a holiday, but he told me cricket is No1 for him, and that it is not about collecting cash, it’s about winning trophies,” said Stuart Law in an interview where he also tells, “I am sure Fred will do the right thing for this team. He is a proud man. He is not after the cash; he wants to contribute to the team.” He also knows it is not possible to get Flintoff to the pinnacle of his performance, but even if he goes anywhere close, it would be excellent. “The Australian fans will love him. They won’t get on his back. He will create a following here and will love it in Brisbane.” Law adds.
Meanwhile, this signing can set up a pretty interesting clash between him and Kevin Peterson, who will play for Melbourne Stars this season. It’s time to watch how the 2005 Ashes heroes perform against each other in a different continent and a different format.