Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) revealed controversial all-rounder Andrew Symonds had gone missing from the team hotel, prompting the management to throw him out of the Twenty20 World Cup squad for breach of discipline.
Soon after he was ordered home two days before the team’s opener against the West Indies following “alcohol-related incidents,” CA general manger of public affairs Peter Young provided partial details about what exactly happened.
“Broadly speaking, he broke team rules. He broke team rules by going out when he wasn’t supposed to, by...leaving the hotel without advising where he had gone, all of that is in breach to team rules,” Young told Radio 3AW.
Symonds, who has a history of violating team rules, was believed to have had a couple of drinks with teammates while watching Queensland in the rugby league state in a breach of his rehabilitation programme prescribed by CA.
Whether that prompted the decision or something happened later when the Australian team went for a dinner hosted by the Professional Cricketers Association is not very clear but Young said it was the “final straw”.
Australian cricketers are required to get security clearance to leave the team hotel but obviously Symonds did not pay heed. “I don’t know what was going through his head but all of the team and team management and support staff know what the rules are and everybody else manages to get them right,” Young said.
He also hinted following this latest indiscretion, it is unlikely Symonds’s contractwould be renewed. — AP