CA chief in Adelaide to determine if Symonds” is mentally fit

November 26th, 2008 - 1:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Adelaide, Nov.26 (ANI): Cricket Australias CEO James Sutherland flew into Adelaide last night for interviews with troubled cricketer Andrew Symonds, captain Ricky Ponting and coach Tim Nielsen to determine whether Symonds is in a fit state of mind to continue his career against New Zealand on Friday.
However, all-rounder Shane Watson has not been placed on standby for the Test.
Sutherland, who received a report on Symonds from a cricket operations manager that corroborated Symonds” version of the events surrounding a Brisbane pub fight on Sunday, is likely to hold off on the players sacking for the time being.
However, there is considerable anger among players, officials and board members that Symonds has again put himself in a situation with potential for trouble.
There is a likelihood of him being admonished about his decision to attend the pub with members of the Australian rugby league team. Cricket Australia could also elect to impose terms on his off-field behaviour.
Symonds has conceded he may have transgressed simply by being at the pub, while the Australian Cricketers Association defended his right to refuse photograph requests from members of the public.
“He has a policy that he is not going to have his photo taken in a bar. People don”t always understand that, but I don”t see what is wrong that,” said ACA chief executive Paul Marsh.
“He said to me if he had his time again he wouldn”t have been there. He was with a few close mates and he didn”t expect it to happen, when it did happen he handled it exactly as he should have. If people are saying Andrew Symonds has done something wrong, it’’s about the decision to be there, it’’s not what he did when he was there.”
In a statement on Monday, Symonds said he remained committed to dealing with a stress-related illness as part of an ongoing rehabilitation process, in which he dealt with emotional issues and alcohol management.
CA officials maintain Symonds received medical clearance to return to the Australian team for the Test series against New Zealand. Some believed he would recuperate more quickly if he was part of the team and others were simply anxious to have the commanding cricketer back after defeat in India. (ANI)

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