Why Andrew Flintoff turned down a contract that would have prevented him from making almost painful amounts of cash

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It was because of the bungee clause.

Flintoff’s agent, Andrew Chandler, explains why his client has turned down an incremental England contract which might have stopped him playing in the occasional lucrative Twenty20 tournament:

“There were one or two things in it that made it difficult to sign like he wouldn’t be allowed to participate in dangerous sports and he’s possibly doing a television series in which he may do bungee-jumping.”

What more reason could there be?

Chandler goes on to use the phrase ‘has to’ in an unusual way:

“He’s got three young kids and Andrew and his wife Rachel both spend reasonable amounts of cash so he has to make plenty.”


Mike Gatting wasn't receiving the King Cricket email when he dropped that ludicrously easy chance against India in 1993.


Why risk it when it's so easy to sign up?


  1. I hate to be sensible but in this case I would like to defend Fred.

    I think he realises that his cricketing career is all but over and rather than stay on as the ECB’s poster boy for a pittance he knows he can still play one day cricket if at all possible and do his own thing.

    Its what I would do in his situation.

  2. He can do what he likes, but he (or his agent) doesn’t need to paint it as something else. That’s our feeling.

  3. I am SO with you KC on this – do what you like just don’t pretend you are doing it for any reason other than making bucket-loads of cash.

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