Sky Sports has announced that former England all-rounder Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff will be part of its commentary team for the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast.
Flintoff, who played 79 Tests, 141 ODIs and seven IT20s for his country, will join the likes of David Lloyd, Nasser Hussain and Rob Key around the county grounds in the Sky Sports ‘Pod’ commentary position located on the boundary’s edge.
His first game will be Midlands derby between Birmingham Bears and Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Edgbaston on Saturday, 8 July, live from 6.45pm on Sky Sports 2.
The ex-Lancashire man will also be back at that venue on Saturday, 2 September, to commentate on the thrills and spills of Finals Day.
Flintoff, who will commentate on at least eight games for Sky Sports, said of his new role:
“I’m really looking forward to it. Most of the stuff I have done since retiring hasn’t involved cricket but around cricket and around cricketers is where I feel most comfortable.
“I watched most of Lancashire’s games at Old Trafford last year and I’ve been watching on TV and seen Keysy, Bumble and Nasser in the Pod – it looked like they were having a good time.
“I got asked and thought ‘that will be brilliant’. The competition itself is just as good as the IPL or the Big Bash, if not better, and hopefully I can add something to it for the viewers on Sky Sports. I’m just going to enjoy it.”
Sky Sports’ coverage of the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast will feature more than 30 live matches and begins at Chelmsford on Friday, 7 July, as Essex – currently top of the Specsavers County Championship – entertain beaten Royal London One-Day Cup finalists Surrey, live from 6.45pm on Sky Sports 2.
Visit SOTB’s live cricket page for a full list of confirmed live Natwest T20 Blast games on Sky Sports from July to September. For further information about the tournament, visit ecb.co.uk/t20-blast.