Symonds career in jeopardy after being dumped from Oz squad

June 4th, 2009 - 7:09 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, June 4 (ANI): Troubled all-rounder Andrew Symonds is being sent home from the World Twenty20 cricket tournament in England for breaking a number of team rules related to alcohol and other issues.

It is likely Symonds’ international career could now be over after the latest in a long list of problems off the field. Symonds, who failed to earn selection in Australia’s Ashes squad announced last month, has been embroiled in a series of off-field indiscretions over the past year.

Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland called a press conference in Melbourne on Thursday night to make a statement about the troubled Queenslander.

Sutherland said Symonds, 33, broke a number of rules “in the last 24-48 hours” and CA were now organising flights to get him back to Australia.”

“Symonds’ CA contract, which he retained only last month, is also now under review,” FOX Sports quoted Sutherland, as saying.

“In isolation the breaches that I am talking about are not serious, but in the scheme of things, in the scheme of history, they are enough for it to be the final straw,” Sutherland said.

The Australians were due to face the West Indies on Saturday in their first match of the tournament, but they will now do so without Symonds.

Captain Ricky Ponting will shortly front another press conference in London to address the situation.

Symonds was suspended from the national team in September last year for going fishing instead of attending a team meeting, while Symonds also had a run-in with a fan in a Brisbane hotel in November.

Symonds, who was also suspended in 2005 for arriving for a match under the influence of alcohol, received counselling earlier this year and returned to national colours in the victorious one-day series win over Pakistan in Dubai in April. (ANI)

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