Symonds radio rant puts CA in a difficult position again

January 24th, 2009 - 3:24 pm ICT by ANI  

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Melbourne, Jan 24 (ANI): Controversial all rounder Andrew Symonds has put Cricket Australia in a bind following his description of New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum as a lump of s**t on a radio show.

Symonds will be quizzed by the Board over a bizarre radio rant and is certain to stretch the patience of CA, FOX Sports reported.

CA officials and team management have been prepared in the past to forgive Symonds for his sins because of his enormous cricketing talent, but this latest bout of bad behaviour is just what they dont need.

Cricket Australia spokesman Peter Young wasnt prepared to comment on what punishment would be dished out.

I would not like to make any comment on where this might or might not go. I dont think it is appropriate to discuss hypotheticals or to say anything that might inadvertently compromise the process, he said.

Young wouldnt comment on whether the light-hearted nature of the Roy and HG program, on which Symonds made his comments, would be a factor in their decision.

Symonds good mate and former Australian teammate Matthew Hayden received a reprimand last summer from CA for labelling Indias Harbhajan Singh an obnoxious little weed.

But with Symonds poor track record, he is unlikely to get off so easily.

Amongst his past indiscretions have been turning up drunk to a one-day international in 2005.

More recently was the gone fishing saga when he missed a team meeting in Darwin after heading off on a fishing trip.

He was sent home in disgrace before making his way back into the national side for the Test series against New Zealand. (ANI)

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