League Of Their Own presenter Freddie Flintoff could be replaced on the Sky show by a former Question Of Sport team captain, according to the bookies. The former cricket player announced he will be leaving the sports-based Sky show earlier this week after 12 years. Could Freddie be replaced by another former cricket player turned television personality?
Freddie announced his departure from League Of Their Own on his Instagram account with a photo alongside his co-stars James Corden, Jamie Redknapp and Jack Whitehall and another of him in drag from a classic episode.
The cricket star has been a presenter on the Sky show since it landed on screens in 2010 and he later became a team captain.
Following his exit announcement, Irish bookie Paddy Power has opened up the betting on his replacement.
So which presenter with a passion for sport could fill Freddie’s shoes?
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Not long after being dropped from the show, Phil told The Telegraph he was really enjoying himself on Question Of Sport.
He explained: “It was just turning up and having a good time with your mates. And then, they sort of said, ‘Right, OK, we’re going to take it in a new direction’. And we sort of went, ‘Oh, crikey. That’s a shame’.
“But there you go. I was quite philosophical about it. If you do anything for 13 or 14 years, you’ve had a pretty good stab at it. And so I was like, ‘OK, thanks for the memories’.”
Question Of Sport returned last year with a new panel of presenters.
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The new series includes Paddy McGuinness as the host with Olympic hockey player Sam Quek and former Rugby player Ugo Monye as captains.
Paddy Power has priced star of Sky Sports Premier League Micah Richard as the favourite to replace Freddie on A League Of Their Own, with their odds at 2/1.
Sky Sports presenter Laura Woods is also in the running to become the show’s first-ever female captain at 9/2.
With Romesh Ranganathan only recently replacing James Corden as host, his mother Shanthi is 25/1 to star alongside the comedian once again.
Irish football pundit Roy Keane is being backed at 8/1 to bring his ‘charm and positivity’ to the A League of Their Own studio.
A Paddy Power spokesperson said: “Freddie Flintoff has given the nation many laughs during his stint on A League of Their Own but it’s time he hangs up his Elvis wig and gives someone else a chance in the hot seat.
“We make Micah Richards the early favourite to burst onto the scene as a team captain, just like he did with his football career. Right, Roy?”
Question Of Sport returns Friday at 7.35pm on BBC One.