Lancashire have refused to rule out the prospect of Andrew Flintoff making a shock return to domestic cricket.
Flintoff has been training with the first-team squad and working with academy players this season, giving rise to speculation over the 36-year-old former England all-rounder's future plans.
Flintoff quit the sport in 2010 after a succession of injuries, but reportedly could be tempted out of retirement to feature for his former county in the NatWest T20 Blast competition, which gets under way later this month.
Lancashire board cricket representative Paul Allott told the Manchester Evening News: "There is an awful long way to go before that happens. We haven't asked him to come back, and he hasn't come to us saying he wants to play.
"Andrew has been down at the ground over the last couple of months and has been mentoring the academy.
"He put his pads on to have a bat and he has been batting and bowling pretty well. But he has not played cricket or done any running around the outfield or taken any catches.
"He has been more than useful helping the lads. Who knows if it will come to more than that?"
Flintoff has embarked on a successful career in the media since retirement.
He also hit the headlines by making a brief foray into boxing in 2012, when he shed the pounds before beating American journeyman Richard Dawson in a poorly-received bout in Manchester.