Symonds’’s state of mind is now on trial

January 30th, 2009 - 2:46 pm ICT by ANI  

Brisbane, Jan.30 (ANI): Though he has cleared one legal hurdle in his quest to be part of the Australia side to tour South Africa next month by pleading guilty to a breach of the player’’s code, all rounder Andrew Symonds state of mind is now on trial.
Symonds has apologized to New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum for his on-the-air rant, and been fined 4,000 dollars, the national selectors only have this weekend’’s games to judge whether he is fit and available.
Symonds is not, however, in the clear yet, with CA chief executive James Sutherland saying that now the hearing is over he will examine the circumstances of Symonds’’s slurred interview with Roy and HG last Friday before deciding if he is fit to rejoin the side.
Symonds was sent away from the squad last year because of player welfare issues and only readmitted after counseling. CA has monitored his progress but the latest incident has brought matters to a head again.
“We clearly have an obligation and duty of care to Andrew as an employee as part of wanting to understand what’’s happened,” Sutherland said.
“We also have a responsibility to look after the interests of Australian cricket and the Australia cricket team and all of those things need to be put together and balanced and considered,” he added. (ANI)

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