Symonds offered to take a 250 K dollar pay cut to end off-field committmentsNovember 26th, 2008 - 4:38 pm ICT by ANI
Adelaide, Nov.26 (ANI): So haunted was he by the fame that goes with his star status as a cricket player for Australia, that controversial all-rounder Andrew Symonds offered to take a massive pay cut of up to 250,000 dollars this year to avoid all off-field commitments.
Symonds made the offer in May during contract negotiations, after becoming the highest-paid overseas player in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition, with a deal worth about two million Australian dollars if he plays the full six weeks of the tournament.
Cricket Australia refused the request from its most marketable cricketer, pointing out all players have responsibilities to attend sponsorship and charity functions and to promote the game, which is facing fierce competition from the various football codes.
The barroom fracas in Brisbane on Sunday, which threatens his international career, is the latest incident to highlight his struggle with a public profile that has exploded since the retirement of Shane Warne and the emergence of Symonds as the country’’s most destructive player.
Cricket Australia officials are due to finalise a report for CEO James Sutherland, after speaking to Symonds when he arrived in Adelaide last night, before the second Test against New Zealand, beginning on Friday.
At Brisbane airport yesterday Symonds appeared drained by the controversy, telling reporters: “I just want to go down to Adelaide and enjoy the cricket, you know. That’’s really all I want to do.”
Australian Cricketers Association chief executive Paul Marsh has strongly defended Symonds.
“He was having a quiet drink with his mates, he was hassled by a guy, and the guy was thrown out,” Marsh said. “He was drinking mid-strength beer. He wasn”t off his head.
“Unfortunately, Andrew is an easy target given what he has gone through.
“I know how hard he has worked on and off the field to get back into the Australian team. I hope this doesn”t derail the process.” (ANI)
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