England Offers Flower New Deal to Fend Off India, Telegraph Says

April 19 (Bloomberg) -- England cricket coach Andy Flower has been offered a new three-year contract in an attempt to stave off any moves from India to hire him, the Daily Telegraph reported.

India has Flower on its shortlist to replace coach Gary Kirsten, who left after the April 2 World Cup final win over Sri Lanka, the newspaper said. Flower is scheduled to meet Hugh Morris, the managing director of the England team, at the end of this month to discuss his future and the direction of the England setup, the newspaper added.

Flower, 42, guided England to two Ashes series wins and the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 title since being appointed in April 2009. The team is currently ranked No. 3 in elite Tests and fifth in one-day internationals.

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