Retired Andrew Symonds mulls returning to play T20 cricket: Report
Andrew Symonds, who retired from international cricket in February 2012 citing family reasons, has been mulling returning to the game to play a limited amount of T20 cricket, according to an ESPNcricinfo report.cricket Updated: Feb 09, 2016 17:57 IST
Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, who retired from international cricket in February 2012 citing family reasons, has been mulling returning to the game to play a limited amount of T20 cricket, according to an ESPNcricinfo report.
Symonds is currently representing the Capricorn Commanders in the Dubai-based Masters Champions League (MCL), a T20 tournament for retired players. Symonds has enjoyed his experience so much that he is thinking about offers to play more mainstream events in the coming months, the report stated.
Expressing his views on the same, the 40-year-old said that although it was challenging for him to play the sport at this age,he added that he was enjoying doing so.
“People have asked me: ‘would you consider starting up again?’” Symonds told ESPNcricinfo. “It’s something I’ve definitely got to consider.
“I suppose I’m in a situation where I could go back, try and get really fit and engage again. Or just be happy doing what I’m doing. That’s something I’ve got to work out in the next six months or so.”
“I’m enjoying playing. It’s physically demanding, but I’m enjoying the challenge again. I’m enjoying the adrenalin and the nerves again. It’s not too bad at all. I am enjoying it.”
Symonds has admitted that he is perhaps on the older side to return to the game full time, but he believes he could play a role in a coaching or consulting capacity.
“There’s a lot of ‘could haves’ with me,” Symonds admitted. “I’m probably a bit too old now to play really seriously. I’ve a good life. I’ve had a good life through cricket. I’m not unhappy. Life is really good. I’ve a young family now. It’s probably the greatest thing we’ve ever done.
“But I’m also considering maybe going into the coaching side of things now. I wouldn’t want to burden anyone with my presence for too long, but a bit of consultancy work would be good. Going in for a couple of weeks and then leaving them alone: match awareness; how to finish games; setting totals; tactics against certain types of bowling or on certain surfaces.