Remorseful Symonds shares intimate details of his psyche problems with teammates

November 27th, 2008 - 12:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Nov 27 (ANI): Aussie all-rounder Andrew Symonds, who was involved in a brawl in a pub last Sunday but was cleared of the charge by Cricket Australia yesterday, is learnt to have addressed his teammates revealing the intimate details of the extent of his emotional and psychological problems.

After acknowledging his error, Symonds held a meeting with Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland, captain Ricky Ponting and Australian Cricketers Association boss Paul Marsh, during which it was decided the controversial all-rounder would not be punished for his involvement in a fracas at a Brisbane pub last Sunday.

Symonds fate was decided after an investigation conducted by CA operations manager Michael Brown, who interviewed 25 people in all, and the evidence suggested that Symonds did not provoke the altercation at the Normanby Hotel in the aftermath of Australia’’s first Test victory over New Zealand.

Symonds oration, which included an apology to the entire squad, is understood to have appeased many of the Australian players who had grown tired of his aggressive off-field antics, and brought to light the difficulty and complexity of the problems he is facing, reported The Age.

Aussie captain Ricky Ponting said that the teammates were ready to help Symonds to get through the lean phase of his life.

The way he addressed the group this morning, he was obviously very sorry that hes put some of the other players through it. But we”re satisfied, and we think we can help him through it and he can come through the other side a better person. Andrew Symonds is definitely worth having around, and he knows what commitment is required for him to stay around. It’’s as simple as that. It can”t be laid out any clearer than it has over the last few days, the paper quoted him as saying.

According to the paper, Symonds contrite speech to the Australian players prompted some within the squad to wonder whether finally, he had turned a corner in his career. Gone was the hubris and temper that has so often placed him at odds with officialdom, replaced with the gratitude of a man granted a death-row pardon, added the paper. (ANI)

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