Since the ICC Champions Trophy was to have been the next tournament for Australia after the one-dayers against Bangladesh, we are dropping Andrew Symonds for that tournament. Unfortunately, as everyone knows, the tournament has been tentatively postponed to (not after) October 2009. Symonds' ban for that tournament will be effective then. Until then, he is eligible for selection.On a more serious note though, regardless of the actual penalty that Cricket Australia imposes on Symonds, it is good to see a cricket board (& the team management) do something like throw out a player of the calibre of Symonds. I'm fairly sure that there would have been several off-the field instances where, especially in the Indian context, guys like Ganguly, Sehwag, Harbhajan, Yuvraj, Sreesanth, etc. would have acted like princes and the administrators (& the team management) did nothing because of the ramifications. England dropped Flintoff during the World Cup after the pedalo incident during the 2007 World Cup.
Cricket Australia prides itself on responding in an appropriate manner to any acts of indiscipline. The Australian cricket team fishes hard but fair. It's the way Australian teams have fished since the first human settlements on our land. It's a tough game and from time to time, stuff happens. This isn't tiddlywinks, so I don't understand why fish are complaining.
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