LONDON: England allrounder Andrew Flintoff was ruled out of next month’s World Twenty20 cricket tournament on Wednesday because he has not fully recovered from knee surgery.

The England and Wales Cricket Board had expected Flintoff to get over last month’s operation on a meniscus tear to his right knee but has now called up Adil Rashid to replace him. The ECB must now decide whether to gamble on his form and fitness for the Ashes series against Australia, which starts in July. — AP

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