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Andrew Symonds Headed Home

By on June 4, 2009

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Andrew Symonds’ international career is under a cloud after he was sent home from England for disciplinary reasons.

The Queensland all-rounder, who was in England preparing for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament that gets underway this weekend, has been expelled from the squad for breaking team rules on Wednesday night.

“It is with regret that I advise you tonight that Cricket Australia has stood down Andrew Symonds from the Australian team that is currently in England for the World Twenty20 Championships and he will be coming home this evening,” CA chief executive James Sutherland said.

“The decision has been made after Andrew has in the last 24 or 48 hours broken a number of team rules.”

“In isolation those breaches are not significant, but in the context of commitments that Andrew has made to his team-mates and Cricket Australia over the last six to 12 months they are the final straw.”

“It was alcohol related, but there were other issues relating to team rules that have been breached too.”
Sutherland did not want to elaborate on those other issues.

“I don’t want to go into the specific details. There are rules within the team that they know and understand and there are commitments that Andrew has made to his team-mates,” he said.

Having only recently been included in Australia’s 25-man contracted squad, Sutherland confirmed in Melbourne on Thursday night that that new deal is now being reassessed.

“He was a player that Cricket Australia wanted to contract for the 2009-10 season, but I can also advise you that tonight we have also advised him that we would take that offer off the table and reconsider our position on that in the coming days.”

CA is hopeful of being permitted to select a replacement player in its 15-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 but Sutherland admitted that whether that request is granted will depend on the International Cricket Council.

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