Mr. Symonds, what really happened ?

"I have been asked to think about what is important to me and I will take this time to do that"- Andrew Symonds.

Sitting here in India, with no access to facts it appears as if the Australian cricketing community is over reacting to a minor infraction by Symonds.
What one gathers from news reports is that Symonds failed to attend an hurriedly convened team meeting as he was out fishing.
Our immediate reaction that it is illogical to blame him for lacking foreknowledge is tempered by the fact that the Australian's as a nation are known for their 'fair go' policy. For those new to the Australian way, it means that they are scrupulously fair in the way they treat their team members and their opponents.
Adding to our confusion is the fact that almost everyone connected with Australian cricket are either questioning Symonds commitment or his 'mental state'.
For example, Steve Waugh has gone so far as to lamblast Andrew Symonds for putting fishing ahead of a team meeting and questioned the all-rounder's commitment to the baggy green cap. Acting national captain Michael Clarke follows suit and says Symonds would only be recalled when teammates again trusted him. 
These reactions appear excessive to the supposed crime and leads us to conclude that there is more to this 'fishy' incident than meets the eye.
Furthermore, a PTI report that Symonds is contemplating retirement confirms our suspicion.
So what led to Symonds banishment?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luks like he has been promised captaincy of Deccan Chargers and some extra money. He can play IPL for 2 months and then go fishing for the rest 10 months and yet make more money than the whole aussie team makes in one whole year.

my 2 cents ;)

01/09/2008, 13:23  
Blogger Ravindran said...

This is not the first time he has done something against teams interests. From what he said of the thing he may put in his papers.
What will happen to his ipl contract remains our interest.

01/09/2008, 14:50  
Blogger Ottayan said...

The very though must have crossed his mind too, Philip.

01/09/2008, 15:33  
Blogger Ottayan said...

His IPL contract is assured for another 2 years.

01/09/2008, 15:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There has been reports of his arrogance and the players being put off by his rude behavior towards others.

01/09/2008, 17:17  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Yes. There are also reports that his IPL 'success' has caused heart -burn in others.

01/09/2008, 17:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strange what IPL can do to a person. Look at Laxman's outburst on Afridi's uncalled for comments. This will be a story to follow.

01/09/2008, 23:19  
Blogger Ottayan said...


You are right. The IPL money is corrupting them.

02/09/2008, 05:05  
Blogger Ravindran said...

There is no point in keeping a player who has been disciplined by his countrys body. Symonds will be relievd from chargers too if they know that his omission is permenant or if he retires from intl cricket.

02/09/2008, 07:30  
Blogger Ottayan said...


He is safe for 2 more years. I do not think they will pay him off as it would be too costly.

02/09/2008, 10:10  
Blogger Naked Cricket said...

Otti -Mind goes back to that post match walk back from the ground when a visibly stoned looking Symo roughed up an official.
Def more than meets the eye here.

02/09/2008, 15:37  
Blogger Ottayan said...


I wonder why the Aussie press is keeping mum.

Was Symo found with someone's wife? :)

02/09/2008, 17:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

more dope on the Symonds saga


04/09/2008, 08:39  
Blogger Ottayan said...


They have cleverly blamed the BCCI once again. :)

04/09/2008, 10:50  

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