Allan Lamb says England should make Andrew Flintoff a selector despite his indiscipline at the World Cup.
Flintoff was punished by England bosses at the World Cup
Flintoff was stripped of the vice-captaincy for some late-night drinking antics in the Caribbean.
"I believe they should bring him on board and into the management team. When David Gower lost the captaincy we did it and got the best out of him.
"If they don't do it with Freddie he could drift off and not be the player he was," ex-England batsman Lamb said.
In the absence of injured skipper Michael Vaughan, Andrew Strauss will lead the hosts when they face West Indies in the first of four Tests, starting on Thursday at Lord's.
Lamb believes that should also have been the case during the disastrous tour of Australia.
"It was too much pressure for Freddie. He had an injury to his ankle, it was too much to ask and the selectors got it totally wrong."
Flintoff was one of six England players fined for breaching team discipline in the wake of the defeat by New Zealand in St Lucia.
He fell off a pedalo following a drinking session which was witnessed by English fans on the island.
"There's probably only one bar and the supporters are going to be there," Lamb said in an interview with the BBC.
"They say they're paying £5,000 to watch England do well and there's Freddie getting drunk in the bar.
"He got it wrong - he should have been at the hotel or somewhere else if he wanted to have a drink."