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Symonds mulls quitting cricket

Andrew Symonds is mulling quitting international cricket after he was sent home by the CA for going on a 'fishing trip' instead of attending a team meeting.

cricket Updated: Sep 01, 2008 12:42 IST

Disillusioned Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds is mulling quitting international cricket after he was sent home by the Cricket Australia for going on a 'fishing trip' instead of attending a compulsory team meeting last week.

"I have been asked to think about what is important to me and I will take this time to do that," Symonds was quoted as saying by the 'Courier Mail' on Monday.

"I would ask that during this time, people respect my privacy and that of my friends and family," he said.

"I would like to say thanks for the many messages of support I have received over the past day or so," he added.

The 33-year-old player's decision would be of a great significance to the Australians as their team is set to tour India in October and the final squad would be picked in next two weeks.

Australia's stand-in skipper Michael Clarke has questioned Symonds' commitment and claimed he needed time away from the game to get his act together.

"The main concern for us is Andrew's commitment to playing for this team," Clarke said.

"There is a number of things that we believe as a leadership and a team that he wasn't fulfilling. That isn't just about on the field, that's off the field, that's attitude."

Symonds would lose his $500,000 CA contract if he quits the game but the highest-paid Australian player in the IPL can still earn handsomely in the Indian sub-continent by playing in the Indian Premier League or the Indian Cricket League.