Former England cricket captain, Freddie Flintoff, is set to join the coaching staff of the England Lions for their training camp in the United Arab Emirates next month, as he continues to recover from a horrific crash while filming Top Gear.
Freddie Flintoff, 45, was injured during a high-speed crash at the Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Surrey last December. He was air-lifted to the hospital and has been on the road to recovery ever since.
In September, Flintoff was seen with facial injuries for the first time while assisting the England men's cricket team. He has also been involved in a flexible role with the team and even presented cricketer Tom Hartley with his cap for the England Cricket team.
According to the Telegraph, Flintoff will now join the England Lions backroom staff during their trip to the UAE from November 16 to December 7. The squad for the tour was named by the England and Wales Cricket Board on Tuesday, with the coaching and mentoring group yet to be announced.
£9 Million Settlement Reached with BBC
The news of Flintoff's involvement with the coaching staff comes after the BBC confirmed that they had reached a settlement with the former cricketer following the crash. The settlement is reportedly worth £9 million, and both parties are said to be satisfied with the agreement.
A source close to Flintoff revealed, "Fred has been left utterly traumatised and shell-shocked by this entire episode. You cannot underestimate the physical and mental toll this crash had on him."
The source also mentioned that Flintoff could have sued the BBC for more money but chose to settle privately, with as little animosity as possible. The settlement takes into consideration the earnings Flintoff has lost due to his injuries and surgeries.
Despite the setback, Flintoff remains focused on his recovery, his coaching role with England cricket, and spending time with his family.
A spokesperson for BBC Studios apologized to Flintoff and expressed their support for his recovery and future plans.