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    September 01, 2008

    Andrew Symonds sent off

    Andrew Symonds, who admitted to provoking Harbhajan during the Sydney slugfest earlier this year, has been ejected from the Australian squad playing an ODI series against Bangladesh for missing a team meeting and sticking a 'gone fishing' sign outside his hotel room door.

    Symonds seems to be a pretty balanced chap, with a chip on each shoulder, going by reports about him acting like a prima donna.

    In 2005, Symonds had been dropped after turning up drunk prior to an ODI against Bangladesh, a game that Bangladesh won.

    While I first expected that Cricket Australia would merely (again) issue a reprimand, an unnamed source revealed to me the Cricket Australia decision - Symonds will be dropped for the Champions Trophy in 2009. This is how the media release reads
    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.

    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.
    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.

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    what kind of an idiot is Symonds? I bet there are hundreds of Aussies who would love to be in his position My son is still learning how to play cricket and I may never get to that level, but I would never walk out on my team mates

    By Anonymous Anonymous (1 Sept 2008, 4:30:00 pm)  

    I guess he's actually been in far too many such situations and the team's obviously losing patience. He has taken a few years to get settled in test cricket, but would it be possible that the adulation over the past year has got to his head?

    By Blogger Jagadish (1 Sept 2008, 5:04:00 pm)  

    may be Clark had enuf of fish eating from Symo

    By Anonymous Anonymous (1 Sept 2008, 7:32:00 pm)  

    Australian Cricket board has taken a good decision, Such type of indiscipline should not be tolerated even at the lowest level.

    Subcontinent cricket board should learn some thing from them.

    By Blogger Dheeruyadav (2 Sept 2008, 4:15:00 pm)  

    I think Symonds is the good all-rounder for the Australia and the captain should call him back for the next series because every time he seems a difficult candidate for the opposite side to depart him.

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