Cricket Australia says former all-rounder and two-time World Cup winner Andrew Symonds has died in a car crash in Queensland. Andrew Symonds, 46, played 238 Test matches for Australia between 1998 and 2009, including 26 Tests, according to Reuters.
He was also a member of Australia’s World Cup-winning teams in 2003 and 2007 and represented the country in 14 T20 Internationals as well as 198 One-Day Internationals. According to police, the accident took place on Saturday night at Harvey Range, 50 km from Townsville. Andrew Symonds was driving the car. The vehicle overturned and went down the road.
According to Queensland Police, an investigation has been launched into the crash.
Cricket Australia chairman Lashlin Henderson said that Cricket Australia has lost another great player. He said in a statement that Andrew Symonds had played a key role in Australia’s victory in the two World Cups.
Symonds was also remembered for his famous 2008 Monkey Gate scandal. Andrew Synemids had accused Harbhajan Singh in the 2008 Sydney Test match that Harbhajan Singh had called him a ‘monkey’.
Singh later denied the allegations but was banned for three matches but the ban was lifted after India threatened to end the tour. The Australian player later revealed that he has been drinking heavily.
Cricket Australia terminated his contract after he was sent home from the 2009 T20 World Cup in London due to alcohol issues. Later, Synemids and Harbhajan Singh played together in the Indian Premier League.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Rameez Raja said in a tweet that he was saddened and heartbroken to hear of the death of Andrew Symonds. He was a real free man and possessed extraordinary abilities.
Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar, also known as Rawalpindi Express, said in a tweet that he was saddened to hear of the death of Andrew Symonds in a car accident in Australia.
“We had ideal relationships on and off the field, we pray for his family,” he said.
Former Australian captain, cricketer and commentator Adam Gilchrist said in a tweet that he was “saddened”.
Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh said in a tweet that he was shocked to hear the news of Andrew Symonds’ sudden demise and left very soon.
Australian cricket legend and great league spinner Shane Warren also died on March 4 this year at the age of 52. According to Fox Cricket, Shane Warren’s manager had said in a brief statement that Shane Warren had died of an apparent heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand.
The statement said Shane Warren was in his villa and was not responding. Shane Warren also played T20 cricket but did not represent Australia at the international level.
There was two bad news in one day for Australian cricket where great wicket-keeper Rodney Marsh also died earlier in the day. The great spinner died at a time when the Australian team was playing its first Test match in Pakistan in 24 years. Shane Warren welcomed the Australian team’s tour of Pakistan after 24 years.