By Neeraj Gangal
Former England test star to help team during his injury rehabilitation in Dubai.
Former England test cricketer, all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will help coach the UAE cricket team during his injury rehabilitation in Dubai, according to a report.
Flintoff’s agent Andrew Chandler, said the 31-year-old will base his recovery programme at the Dubai Sports City complex and will use his time away from the treatment room to help with the development of the country's leading cricketers, according to the TimesOnline website.
Flintoff recent underwent a knee surgery after retiring from Test cricket following England’s sensational win against Australia in the Ashes series recently.
According to The Times, Flintoff will assist the team on a casual basis and does not represent a formal arrangement.
"A partnership has been agreed with Dubai Sports City to use their gym and facilities as a base for his rehabilitation," Chandler said. "I believe he will be one of the first people to use them.
"In return he will be carrying out some coaching for the UAE national team over the next six months."
Flintoff hopes to open a cricket academy once a suitable site is found in the UAE, the daily added.
"There has been good growth in UAE cricket in the last few years and Andrew felt that he wanted to give something back," Chandler said. "His partnership with Sports City will also help raise the profile of his Dubai academy.
"His children have already started at a local school. He has rented a temporary apartment near the Marina but will be looking for something more permanent over the next few weeks."
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