Bhajji doesn't care whether Symonds tour India or not
The whole of Australia maybe waiting with bated breath to know if Andrew Symonds will eventually tour India but Harbhajan Singh says he just could not care less.Updated: Sep 04, 2008, 15:17 IST
The whole of Australia maybe waiting with bated breath to know if Andrew Symonds will eventually tour India but his bete noire Harbhajan Singh says he just could not care less.
Symonds is reportedly nursing a grudge against Cricket Australia for downgrading his racist charges against the Indian spinner in the Sydney Test, which went on to affect his commitment towards the team.
The all-rounder recently preferred a fishing trip to a compulsory team meeting and was sent home packing from Darwin where Australia hosted Bangladesh for an ODI series.
Though Symonds is not yet officially ruled out for the India tour, Harbhajan said he hardly cares whether the Australian tours India or not.
"It doesn't bother me whether he is coming or not," Harbhajan was quoted as saying by the "Courier Mail".
"We are playing against a team. If he features in it, fine, if he doesn't, things don't change much for me," said Harbhajan with characteristic nonchalance.
The star off-spinner also sought to put his story relation with Symonds in perspective and said, "We may have had our squabbles, but that's all part of the game."
Meanwhile, advice keeps pouring in from former players for Symonds and Doug Walters, renowned for scoring a Test century after drinking bouts, believes too much money was to be blamed for the crisis.
"One of the problems is that these players are on too much money these days," Walters said.
"If Andrew Symonds can get $1.5 million for a dozen days in the Indian Premier League, is he really going to be that interested in chasing another $1.5 million playing for his country?" he asked.
"Whether he likes it or lumps it, he is a public figure and he should start acting like one. I certainly hope he does start toeing the line because we need a player like Andrew Symonds in the side."