|Event:||Indian Premier League 2009|
DateLine: 24th April 2009
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is to undergo surgery on his right knee, ruling him out of rest of the Indian Premier League in South Africa. However, the England all-rounder is also out of the upcoming Test series against the West Indies. Flintoff has returned from South Africa to undergo the surgery but England cricket chiefs expressed confidence that their star player would recover in time for the World Twenty20 in June and the Ashes series starting in July.
The Lancashire star, England's outstanding performer in their 2005 Ashes win over Australia, tore the meniscus in his right knee while playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Scans at a Durban hospital detected a slight medial meniscal tear and after they were viewed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)'s medical supremo Nick Peirce, it was decided that Flintoff should return to London. He will undergo a keyhole operation early next week and Peirce put the recovery period at three to five weeks.