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England star Flintoff eyes academy bid in Dubai

Cricketing all-rounder may also move to emirate for part of year to manage project.

England cricket star Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff looks set to open a cricket academy in Dubai and may even be planning to live in the city for some of the year.

Neil Fairbrother, former cricketer and the player’s agent, said Flintoff, 30, was committed to playing in England every summer, but a move to the UAE for the rest of the year was a possibility.

He told UAE daily The National on Thursday: “The Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy was founded last year [in England] and it has always been the intention to launch it in other locations. Andrew was in Dubai to look at how to found an academy there and where to put it.

“The plan is that the academy will grow and grow and not just be something in England.”

Should Flintoff move to the UAE he would join other leading sportsmen, such as Roger Federer, the tennis player, and Henrik Stenson, the golfer, in basing themselves in Dubai.

Fairbrother said that Flintoff remained committed to Lancashire, his county club, and said a move to Dubai would not indicate that he was seeking a lucrative contract in the Indian Premier League.

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Simrita 11 years ago

I hope that Flintoff opens a academy in the U.A.E. I am looking forward to it.