Flintoff deserve another chance to lead England: Fletcher

London, Nov 12 (UNI) In a surprise move former coach Duncan Fletcher today came out openly in support of Andrew Flintoff saying the all-rounder deserves another chance to lead Egland.

The former coach, who was given a tough time by Flintoff in the World Cup held in West Indies early this year, is of the view that all rounder's wild past should not come in the way of him becoming the captain once again.

"I don't think there is any reason why it should be held against him. There are a lot of factors at picking a captain. If a situation arises where there is no one else then you have got to really look at Andrew," Fletcher told BBC.

Duncan admitted that Flintoff still has a long way to go before becoming an ideal captain but said that he has the potential to be a great leader.

"He needs some experience. He is a very inexperienced captain in cricket, let alone Test cricket. But as long as he has learned from his mistakes, why hold it against him." Intrestingly the coach, had mentioned in his autobiography that Flintoff once turned up drunk for a practice session during the Ashes, now feels that player's drinking problems in the past should not be the reason to deprive him off a chance to lead the country again.

He also said that he wants to clear the misunderstanding with the player. "I think it is important that Andrew rings me. If Andrew phones me we will have a discussion and clear the air, put both sides of the story across. There are certain things that I can't disclose. It would be important that he phones me," he said.


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Story first published: Monday, November 12, 2007, 19:07 [IST]
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