Queensland Bulls team extends full support to SymondsNovember 25th, 2008 - 12:51 pm ICT by ANI
Brisbane, Nov.25 (ANI): The Queensland cricket team has come out in full support of Test batsman Andrew Symonds after he was allegedly accused of participating in a brawl in a Brisbane pub shortly after the end of the first Test against New Zealand.
Despite his troubles, it’’s understood at least six Queensland players contacted Symonds on Monday to offer their support.
“We”re behind him 100 per cent. We”re here to help whatever the outcomes. He has got the team’’s support as he has always had, across the board,” Queensland captain Chris Simpson said on Tuesday in a statement. The 33-year-old’’s career is again in crisis this week as Cricket Australia (CA) investigates an incident at a Brisbane hotel on Sunday night when a member of the public was asked to leave the premises for “inappropriate behaviour” after clashing with Symonds, reports The Herald Sun.
Symonds is expected to arrive in Adelaide later today as the Australian squad prepares for Friday’’s second Test at Adelaide Oval. CA cricket operations manager Michael Brown is likely to seek a meeting with Symonds in Adelaide on Tuesday night.
The manager of Brisbane’’s Normanby Hotel, Mark Lassman, told The Australian that Symonds” confrontation with a fan was a “non-issue”.
“A patron at the hotel attempted to hug and take a picture of Andrew Symonds while he was at the hotel on Sunday night. Symonds declined the invitation. Further to that, the member of the public continued to harass Symonds. Security guards then asked the patron to leave for inappropriate behaviour,” the hotel said in a statement.
“Andrew did nothing wrong and it’’s disappointing it has been reported in an ambiguous manner,” Lassman said.
The trouble-prone batsman had been kicked out of the Australian one-day team for the series against Bangladesh in September because he skipped a pre-series team meeting to go fishing.
He was subsequently left out of the Indian tour, and was also served a two-match ban in 2005 for arriving at the ground drunk for a one-dayer against Bangladesh in Wales.
Symonds has denied he was in a “pub fight” at Brisbane’’s Normanby Hotel as he celebrated Australia’’s 149-run first Test victory over New Zealand at the Gabba on Sunday. (ANI)
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